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Discussions and topics relevant to the house of worship sound community. Mixing techniques, IEM setup, building teamwork, and more. Between the technical aspects and the human aspects -- that's where church audio techs live. Host Samantha Potter is co-lead instructor with Church Sound University — a training program tailored specifically for worship audio techs that’s available online. Reach her via email at spotterengineering@gmail.com.
 
Signal To Noise Podcast is about having conversations with people from all over the audio industry. We discuss everything from career path, technical knowledge, how-to steps, real-life stories and more that we can all resonate with or relate too. Hosted by Michael Lawrence, technical editor for ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International along with pro audio veterans Kyle Chirnside and Chris Leonard.
 
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The ProSoundWeb team met up together (some of us for the first time) in Dallas, TX at the end of September, 2021. With the opportunity presented, the crew all got on the mic together to discuss how the conference was going and what we've all been up to! Host Samantha Potter is also co-lead instructor with Church Sound University — a training progra…
 
On Episode 125 the hosts are joined by Sean "Sully" Sullivan , who has over 26 years of Touring and Television Mixing experience. They talk about the expectation of a "Record" quality mix coming out of our live consoles even when you are not a "studio engineer". Sully talks about some of his experiences with system engineers from one-offs to tours …
 
On this week's episode, I take three of the most common questions I've been receiving on the road. I've been teaching around the US the last few weeks and some similar questions keep popping up. I take the opportunity to dive in a bit! I go over what aux-fed subs are, different sub feeds, time aligning inputs, and give some actual target numbers fo…
 
On episode 124 the hosts are joined by Adam Labov. Many of the artists He works with are support acts on major tours. They discuss the relatiosnhip of support acts with headliners as well as pulling double duty as Tour Manager and FOH Engineer on the same tour. They also discuss the importance of being able to relate or in tune with the artist and …
 
Mixer and producer Kyle Black joins the hosts this week to talk about his work with artists like State Champs, Pierce the Veil, New Found Glory, 5 Seconds of Summer, and All Time Low. He shares how he takes cues from live sound reinforcement for his studio mixes and production techniques, shares some of his professional inspirations, and discusses …
 
Chris Miller (FOH, Blackbear) joins the hosts to chat about his mixing approach, adapting mixing techniques to different genres of music, bouncing between house of worship and touring work, and conveying emotion through his mixes. They also discuss the role that the mix engineers plays in the artist's artistic vision, and Kyle wishes for a tour bus…
 
The legendary David Morgan returns to the podcast on episode 121. He talks about how the current James Taylor tour is going, along with discussing his approach to mixing. They also discuss what it looks like to think about the end of your career, and how to mentally and financially prepare for it. Check out David's first episode on Signal To Noise …
 
Mike Sessler, an author and Maker of Magic joins me to dive into mix buses. What are they, why we use them, and when we use them -- including examples! If you've seen or heard about audio buses but aren't exactly sure what they are or how to get started, this episode is for you! Mike Sessler on ProSoundWeb Mike's Website Host Samantha Potter is co-…
 
The hosts are in the same room for the first time. Episode 120 was live from CFX (Church Facilities Conference & Expo), where Kyle and Chris hosted the LiveSoud Magazine speaker demo room. They talk about how to get the most out of a trade show, the attendee vs. manufacture experience, and more. They are also joined by many guests such as Keith Cla…
 
Greg Price and Brad Madix of Diablo Digital Inc. join the hosts on episode 119 to discuss live multi-track recording. They discuss the importance of always recording because you never know when that magic moment will occur. When you record every night on tour you take the pressure off. This allows the artists to relax and perform to their best abil…
 
Anca Trifan is an event producer, audio engineer, and all-around AV Unicorn. She joins me this week to discuss, as you might have guessed from the title, hybrid events. Our world is becoming more virtual and our virtual world is becoming more real, so how does this reflect itself in our worship services? Are truly hybrid or interactive services a t…
 
Sporting the best mustache in live sound the hosts are joined by Tomas Wolfe on episode 118. He has an eclectic roster of touring artists such as Run the Jewels, Underoath, Clairo, Meg Myers, and many more. Wolfe got his start in the famous Viper Room and Roxy on the sunset strip. They talk about cutting your teeth in a club and working your way up…
 
On Episode 117 the hosts talk with Jesse Vetrone about the role of a local venue house engineer. They discuss the various roles and responsibilities at a venue, what the relationship is like with incoming touring engineers, how to set up your system and workflow for consistency and more. Jesse Vetrone is a house engineer at the Filmore in Charlotte…
 
The Luke Combs audio crew joins the hosts on episode 116 from rehearsals as they are getting ready to go on tour in the round. They discuss outboard gear, the family nature of the whole crew, and some fun stories road stories. Todd Lewis ( FOH Engineer ) has been with Luke Combs for 5 years, starting back when was only playing 200-300 cap rooms, wh…
 
On Aug 21st, 2021, SoundGirls hosted a panel discussion on House of Worship mixing and careers. I (Samantha) moderated and was joined by some dear friends -- all of whom should look familiar to the listeners of this podcast! If you're unfamiliar with SoundGirls, I highly recommend checking out their organization as well as joining the very popular …
 
Rich Frembes joins the hosts on episode 115, to discuss his work as a loudspeaker designer at EAW and Fulcrum Acoustics. They get into topics such as how personal the projects are behind a brand and knowing when a design is not going to work and how to move on. Frembes also discusses how Fulcrum takes into consideration whats happens off-axis just …
 
So much of what we do for the church world is sacrificial, volunteer, or a gift. I don't think there are too many audio techs in the world that join a house of worship for the trough of money they give us all. We do it for other reasons. So, what is our calling? Why do we do what we do? What leads us down these paths? I explore what my calling has …
 
On episode 114, the hosts are joined by theater sound mixers Carin Ford & Anthony Jones. Ford early on was known for running sound effects and they discuss the progression of technology and responsibilities of that role. Jones talks about taking a Broadway show on tour and how that impacts your mixing/ design. They also discuss how mixing technique…
 
On episode 113 Mary Broadbent joins the hosts to talks about getting her start from the ground up as a merch tech/truck driver for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. This set Mary up to learn the Tour manager role. They discuss the respect level needed for merch techs and how they often are dismissed and overlooked as to what their skill sets actually are. Mary…
 
Steve Adelman returns to the podcast on episode 112, to give an update on live event safety. They discuss many COVID-19 related topics such as liability, rights of venues/attendees, cancelation policies, insurance, and more. Steve Adelman is head of Adelman Law Group, PLLC and Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance. His law practice focuses on…
 
Golden Preciado is an amazingly accomplished woman in audio with a huge heart, an infectious laugh, and a ton of wisdom and experience. She joins me this week and we talk about what audio leadership looks like, the biggest potholes for tech teams, and how we can prepare ourselves to walk up to any console -- ready to rock. Golden's ProSoundWeb Prof…
 
What do flying a plane and mixing live sound have in common? Ngaio Nobumoto joins the hosts on episode 111 to discuss his work as a house engineer based out of Las Vegas. He also talks about his work as a commercial pilot and more. Born in Las Vegas to a family of artists and raised between California and Vegas, Ngaio found his passion for music at…
 
This week, we bring you a flashback from one of the first episodes from Signal To Noise, all about church sound! You can check it out along with all of ProSoundWeb's podcast network here. Host Samantha Potter is co-lead instructor with Church Sound University — a training program tailored specifically for worship audio techs that’s now also availab…
 
On Episode 110 Jeff Hawley joins the hosts to discuss the Philosophy of Sound. Minds are melted in this discussion as they contemplate questions like; where does sound actually occur, how do you define what sound is, and more Hawley recently presented a research project on the topic called Doing a Double Take: (Further) Against the Primary Sound Ac…
 
Charlie Hughes is a loudspeaker design and measurement expert with over three decades of experience. He is currently a Principal Engineer at Biamp, and in the past has worked with AMFG, Altec Lansing, and Peavey, and also runs his own company, Excelsior Audio Design & Services. In this episode, he chats with the hosts about his journey and passion …
 
SPL is a hairy beast, one that can be misconstrued too easily. This week on the Church Sound Podcast, Michael Lawrence is back to chat with me about what Sound Pressure Level means for us sound engineers and how we can start measuring and understanding its consequences. Michael's System Tech Blog Rational Acoustics' YouTube Check out other episodes…
 
Brian Maddox is back on the show this week to discuss intercom systems. What are comms? Why should we have them? Join me in learning all about comms and how to start implementing them in your productions. Trust me, you'll wish you'd been using them for years! The Audio Opinion Show Email Brian! Host Samantha Potter is co-lead instructor with Church…
 
Jade Payne joins the hosts on episode 108 to talk about some of her work with artists like Bikini Kill and Khruangbin. She has been in the industry for over a decade with roots in the punk rock scene. Jade recently got an Allen & Heath dLive CTI1500, and they discuss the benefits of owning your own gear and how it can improve your work. She also ta…
 
Jess Berg returns to the show as a special guest host for a wide-ranging conversation with jazz mixer Claudia Engelhart, best known for her work with guitarist Bill Frisell. Claudia discusses her unlikely roots, her unique approaches to her work, and her own journey through developing her skills. Check out her article on ProSoundWeb This episode is…
 
SPL is a hairy beast, one that can be misconstrued too easily. This week, Michael Lawrence is back to chat with me about what Sound Pressure Level means for us sound engineers and how we can start measuring and understanding its consequences. Michael's System Tech Blog Rational Acoustics' YouTube Host Samantha Potter is co-lead instructor with Chur…
 
The hosts (and guest host Kevin McCoy) are joined by theatrical sound designer Daniel Lundberg and theater sound mixer Mike Tracey for a lively conversation about design, mixing, and careers in technical theater. We also discuss the A/B system design on Jagged Little Pill, and Mike treats everyone to some GSM buzz for old times' sake. Daniel Lundbe…
 
Live Sound Bootcamp is on our Podcast network and hosted by Ryan O John, Brendan Dreaper, and Joe Santarpia. In this episode, the hosts catch up with Michael Lawrence, a freelance audio engineer well known for his work with the Signal to Noise podcast, as well as his incredibly geeky articles for Live Sound International and ProSoundWeb, Smaart web…
 
On episode 105 the hosts are joined by Jess Berg an audio engineer, PM, and TM. She got her start playing music at a young age but quickly fell in love with the audio and production side of the business. Jess has toured with artists like Dr. John, Waka Flocka Flame, Quadron, and more. Neil Diamond was the first person to pay Jess to play guitar whe…
 
Mix consistency is one of the most difficult achievements to aim for at a house of worship. Willa Snow joins me this week to discuss the process of getting consistency between services, between musicians, even between weeks or audio techs. Willa's Website Her IG handle: @w.snow.audio Willa's Artists: Ley Line, Dossey, Zach Person Host Samantha Pott…
 
The hosts are joined by audio engineer and PR guru Daniel Liston Keller, CEO of Get It In Writing, Inc. The discussion explores the importance of culture and storytelling with audio brands, secret unreleased audio gear, and discovering career paths in audio. Join our Mentorship Program here:https://forms.gle/ZhsJP5D6BFiBLZiX8 This episode is sponso…
 
On this episode, the hosts are joined by audio engineer and sound designer Kyle Jensen, who is the Interim Head of Audio at the Dallas Theater Center. They discuss different approaches to theatrical sound design, working within technical and budgetary constraints, getting started in technical writing, and some emergent technologies in the theater s…
 
Bennett Prescott from B&C Speakers joins me this week to discuss loudspeakers: what are they? How do they work? What should we listen for? Where do we begin!?! Bennett is the N. American Sales Director for B&C and has a long history with loudspeakers. If you've got an idea about how loudspeakers work but would like more info, this episode is for yo…
 
On episode 102 the hosts are joined by Audrey Martinovich. She is the Co-owner of Audio for the Arts, Wisconsin-based recording studio specializing in acoustic music, and is a trusted engineer and producer for artists in the Midwest and beyond. Audrey started her journey as an opera singer who wanted to learn more about recording. A graduate of Mad…
 
On episode 101 the hosts are joined by Chris Demonbreun who is a system engineer with Sound Image. Some of his recent tours were with Imagin Dragons, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band. Chris graduated from MTSU where he fell in love with live sound. He worked with Nashville regional sound company, Brantley Sound for 9 years before moving onto nationa…
 
The ProSoundWeb Signal to Noise podcast celebrates the release of its 100th episode (Wednesday, May 5) with a live stream special edition featuring Jim Yakabuski, a music performance by noted artist Mike Green (his track “Break Free” is the show’s theme song), and special prize giveaways that include an Allen & Heath SQ Series mixer, a Mic Bundle f…
 
Touring system tech and professor of live sound in Austin, TX, Victoria Butash joins me this episode. As always we talk about how we end up in the places that we do, but more importantly, we also discuss the biggest booboos we see from students, volunteers, and new techs -- and how to solve them! We're all always learning, but newcomers tend to tri…
 
Rachael Moser joins the hosts on episode 99 to discuss the path she took to become a system tech with Clair Global. They discuss some issues they have encountered on shows, including a time when Rachel had to smack an analog console to bring the left side of the PA back to life mid-show. A veteran of more than 15 years in professional audio, Rachae…
 
Third-party plugins have been popping up in discussions more and more lately. Well, I ask my friend Ben to join me in a discussion about what these things are, when we do and do not use them, and more! Plus, we get an update on Ben and what he's been doing since way back on Episode 12. Third-party plugins can open the door for massive extra (arguab…
 
On Episode 98, the hosts are joined by Jay Clark of Kinetic Audio Technology. They discuss what goes into Esports as Jay helped pioneer a lot of the audio technology that goes into it, one of which is elaborate intercom systems. Jay has worked in professional live audio for over 10 years now but has a pretty broad skillset such as broadcast enginee…
 
JBL was one of the earliest and largest manufacturers of speaker components and cabinets. Mark Gander spent 41 years at JBL starting in 1978, with various roles through the years such as Applications Engineer, VP of Marketing, VP of Engineering, and most recently Director of JBL Technology. He is also known as JBL's historian and often just called …
 
The Signal to Noise Podcast host presented virtually this year for the 2021 Central Region Audio Student Summit. C.R.A.S.S. is a student-run summit located in Webster Groves, Missouri, hosted by the AES Chapter at Webster University. This event welcomes industry professionals as well as students; high school and college, professors, and others inte…
 
On Episode 97, Becky Pell and Chad Olech join the hosts to talk all about touring. Everything from how to get on tour, what not to do while on tour, and much more of the day-to-day experiences. Enter for our 100th episode giveaways Join our new Discord Server Join our Mentorship Program here:https://forms.gle/ZhsJP5D6BFiBLZiX8 This episode is spons…
 
Isaac Moreno, one of the audio gurus behind Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, Warner Brothers, and DreamWorks and formerly on tour with the likes of Seventhday Slumber, KJ52, and Manafast, joins me to talk about approaching mixes. What do we focus on when we step up to the plate? What are our go-tos? Isaac is an amazing engineer with a huge heart for mini…
 
In episode 96 Michael, Kyle, and Chris discuss their dream gigs, what motivates them to keep going and lessons learned over the years. They also introduce the updated mentorship program. Enter for our 100th episode giveaways Join our new Discord Server Join our Mentorship Program here:https://forms.gle/ZhsJP5D6BFiBLZiX8 This episode is sponsored by…
 
In this episode, the hosts are joined by FOH Engineer Craig "Bozz" Porter to discuss his work with artists like Tanya Tucker, Jason Bonham, and more. Find out what he thinks about mixing in drum triggers while working with artists like Machine Head and other metal acts. Porter also talks about his early roots in the metal scene and how that got him…
 
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