Welcome to the Front of the House Fridays (FotHF) podcast series on the ProSoundWeb Network, presented every Friday by Yamaha Pro Audio and hosted by veteran live and studio engineer Russ Long, who records his conversations with noted audio professionals literally in front of their homes in following current social distancing guidelines.
In Episode 4, Russ is joined by Michael “Coach” Conner, a live engineer who specializes in front of house mixing as well as large-format systems. In a career spanning 30-plus years that includes work with both theatre and live music, he’s toured with Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Sam Smith, Ray Price and many others.
Coach is currently the FOH engineer for Steely Dan and Paul Simon. He lives in Beach Haven, NJ, and can often be found on his sailboat looking for that socket he dropped into the bilge.
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.