When I first started working as a live sound engineer, I had no idea of how the touring industry worked. I was just excited to be around live music and mix some shows! But as I kept working my way into better audio positions, I began to identify some of the opportunities available to me as an engineer.
One of my favorite parts of my job is working with other like-minded people. I’ve made some really good friends on tour! And when I asked some of them to give interviews for this site, they agreed. Here's a short compilation of what they had to say about getting their first jobs in the touring industry.
When I’m asked what the most difficult concept to explain in live sound is, the answer is pretty clear: Phase. It also happens to be one of the most critical things to understand, especially when setting up speaker systems.
But we definitely have to think about Phase throughout our entire audio system. This could be the phase relationship between two inputs, latency in plug-ins causing phase issues on console outputs, or setting the correct delay times on speaker systems to ensure phase coherency.
For a signal to get all the way through an audio system, it passes through a bunch of components and cables. Every one of these needs to be connected in the correct order and have functional cabling in between to make it work. If any part of this signal chain is broken or compromised, we won’t have the sound we’re looking for.