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New Signal To Noise Podcast: Talking With Chris Mitchell, FOH Engineer For Umphrey’s McGee

By Keith Clark December 19, 2018

Welcome to the Signal To Noise podcast series on ProSoundWeb, hosted by Live Sound/ProSoundWeb editor Keith Clark and technical editor Michael Lawrence, and sponsored by Blue Microphones.

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In this new segment (Episode 4) we’re joined by Chris Mitchell, the front of house engineer for Umphrey’s McGee, an intriguing band that’s noted for experimenting with a wide range of musical styles.

We cover several topics with him, including expanding on his inaugural article for Live Sound International and ProSoundWeb entitled How To Disappear Completely, where he details his quest to remove corrective parametric EQ from the input channels of his mix.

About Our Guest: Chris, shown in the large image above at the console for Umphrey’s McGee,  is a veteran audio professional and mix engineer always on a quest to innovate with his craft. His hobbies include rebuilding vintage motorcycles and mixing consoles. Read more from Chris here.


Signal To Noise Episode 3: Bernie Broderick

We talk with industry veteran Bernie Broderick, who earlier this year founded Truth in Audio, a unique professional audio training academy, discussing:

— The upsides and downsides of current training efforts in pro audio
— The specifics and unique approach of Truth In Audio
— His previous experience in working with several leading manufacturers
— The recent “restomod” project with the EAW KF750, bringing modern tech to a loudspeaker rig that launched more than 20 years ago
— And much more


Bernie Broderick

About Our Guest: Bernie has served as in product development and as a trainer for some of the largest manufacturers (L-Acoustics, EAW and others) over several decades, and he’s bringing that expertise to Truth In Audio, which has joined forces with manufacturers and a diverse variety of experienced professionals from many facets of pro audio to provide industry-sponsored technical training.

Bernie’s had a rich, diverse career in pro audio and music, so be sure to check out this profile for more. Also find out more about what’s behind Truth In Audio here.


Signal To Noise Episode 2: Ethan Winer

Ethan Winer

We talk with Ethan Winer, the author of the widely read book “The Audio Expert,” now in its second edition, about topics that include:

— Why it’s OK to get things wrong
— Why we can’t completely trust our ears/the importance of measurements
— Audio myths about loudspeaker cables, phantom power with ribbon mics, and others
— And much more

About Our Guest: Ethan has been pursuing a career in audio and music since he was a teenager, and he’s gone on to fulfill that mission and much more. In addition to authoring “The Audio Expert,” he’s had a hugely diverse career as an inventor and technology developer over four-plus decades.

Ethan’s also noted as an audio mythbuster and is quite effective at that quest as well, as evidenced by his Audio Myths workshop from the October 2009 AES show, available for viewing on YouTube. By the way, it’s at 400,000-plus views and still climbing at this point. Be sure to check out his full bio at as well as his articles on ProSoundWeb.

Click here to view the Null Tester video.


Signal To Noise Episode 1: Jim Yakabuski

Jim Yakabuski

We talk with noted front of house engineer Jim Yakabuski (“Jim Yak”) about his current work on the Roy Orbison “In Dreams” Hologram Tour, his “retro mixing and the 10-channel challenge” approach (detailed here), life on the road as a touring engineer, and more.

Also be sure to check out other articles by Jim on PSW here.

About Our Guest: Jim has spent more than 35 years as a live sound engineer, working with artists such Van Halen, Journey, Avril Lavigne, Peter Frampton, and many others. He’s also the author of “Professional Sound Reinforcement Techniques,” which provides a collection of tips and techniques for mix engineers. It’s available on Amazon.


About Keith

Keith Clark
Keith Clark

Editor In Chief, ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International
Keith has covered professional audio and systems contracting for more than 25 years, authoring hundreds of articles in addition to hands-on work in every facet of publishing. He fostered the content of ProSoundWeb (PSW) from its inception, helping build pro audio’s largest portal website, and has also served for several years as editor in chief of Live Sound International (LSI).
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