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New Signal To Noise Podcast: Talking With Ethan Winer, a.k.a, “The Audio Expert”

Ethan Winer talks about why it's OK to get things wrong, not completely trusting our ears, a variety of audio myths and more.

By PSW Staff November 6, 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 2), we’re joined by Ethan Winer, the author of the widely read book “The Audio Expert,” now in its second edition, discussing 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

In this segment we’re talking 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.


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