Tuesday, September 1 — two teams from the ProSoundWeb Network joined forces to host “Instrument to Audience — Every Step Is Important!” a Front of the House Fridays (FotHF) podcast live event.
FotHF host Russ Long and Signal To Noise co-host Chris Leonard teamed up with front of house engineer Tim Holder (currently mixing Carrie Underwood) and long-time recording engineer Paul Andrews (also currently business development manager for DPA Microphones) to focus on the importance of paying attention to and understanding every component in a sound system signal chain.
The live event was presented on ProSoundWeb’s Facebook and YouTube channels, offering listeners around the world an opportunity to listen in and participate in the conversation. It is also available as an audio-only podcast.
Tim Holder is a live FOH mixer, studio owner and 1970s vintage audio enthusiast who’s worked for 20-plus years with Clair Global and is based in Nashville. Currently working with Carrie Underwood, other clients include Steven Tyler, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, John Fogerty and Simon & Garfunkel.
Tim’s passion for audio has led him on a global journey providing a lifetime of learning experiences and relationships with great friends to share them with. His knowledge of vintage audio gear and how to get the revered sound of the ’70s is a specialty. A touring bass player in the 1980s and 90s, he also has extensive systems engineer experience — just the right combination of art and tech.
Paul Andrews, owner/engineer of Bridge Recording Studios in Nashville, is also a global sales support/business development manager for DPA Microphones. He regularly works industry leading engineers/producers such as Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien, Brent Maher, and Chuck Ainlay, to name a few, and he’s recorded artists such as Kris Kristofferson, Boyz II Men, Victor Wooten, Dennis Chambers, Bill Evans, Pete Huttlinger, The CSU Symphony Orchestra and Big Band, Seth MacFarlane, Peter Erskine, and Great White.
Growing up, he attended Denver University on scholarship in classical guitar studying under Ricardo Iznaola, and then joined the staff at A&M Records where he worked with Sheryl Crow, Aerosmith and Danzig among others. Today, you’ll find him recording many different styles of music, ranging from classical to jazz to punk. He also travels internationally conducting workshops and live seminars for DPA Microphones, educating industry professionals on microphone technologies and best practices.
FOTHF host Russ Long is a top touring and multi-platinum recording and mix engineer who’s worked in professional audio for more than 30 years. Following a decade as Steven Curtis Chapman’s FOH engineer, he has spent over 12 years mixing FOH for Amy Grant, and has also mixed numerous high-profile events such as the KLOVE Music awards, the Challenge America Musical Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday concert featuring Reba McEntire, Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. In addition, he’s been part of the audio team for numerous broadcast events such as the Grammy Awards, the CMA Awards, ABC’s “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” TV Special, and more. Russ is currently part of Yamaha’s console R&D team.
Signal To Noise co-host Chris Leonard is also the director of audio at IMS Technology Services, a production company headquartered in Garnet Valley, PA, where he’s served for the last decade. Prior to that, he worked with Maryland Sound as a touring monitor engineer and system tech for bands like Tears for Fears, Josh Groban, Don Henley, and Disturbed as well as national events like Times Square New Year’s Eve and Presidential Inaugurations.