Live Sound Bootcamp, Episode 16: Building a FOH Mix Pt 1: Gain Staging and Routing

This episode covers how to start at FOH, from getting talkbacks up, routing your outputs, the order of your channels and fader positions.

Live Sound Bootcamp is intended to be a basic primer in live sound. It is expected that listeners have a base knowledge of audio or concert production, but from there, this series may provide some insight into how productions work. Each host brings an individual style, workflow, and experience to the podcast.

It’s time to figure out how to actually put together the mix.   This episode covers how to start at FOH, from getting talkbacks up, routing your outputs, the order of your channels and fader positions, and of course the biggest one: Gain Staging.  This episode has a lot of different ideas and opinions in it.

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Ryan O John is a musician turned engineer, turned product designer, turned podcast host. He was playing instruments by 5 years old, with his first shows at age 12, recording his own albums by 13, and touring by 16 — he leans heavily toward the geeky side of sound. From small local clubs to international stadiums, metal to pop, Ryan’s career in live sound mixing has covered a lot of ground traveling the world with a ton of artists including Jessie J, Andy Grammer, Tove Lo, Banks, Liam Payne, Capital Cities and many more. Beyond just touring with pop and rock acts, he also designs audio consoles and software, mix records, and race cars.

After Brendan Dreaper picked up the drums in middle school, live music became an important part of his life. With a number of diversions under his belt, which included studying economics and working as a professional glassblower, he returned to music and found his footing behind the mixing console. Working from bar gigs to local festivals and eventually to touring with Magic! and Snoh Aalegra, Brendan has had the pleasure of making live music happen. Outside of geeking out about live sound on a podcast, he likes to play drums with the band vverevvolf, produce music and get real nerdy about anything Lord of the Rings related.

The third member of the trio, Joe Santarpia, is a live sound and recording/mixing engineer of 15 years, Tour Manager, Musician and Producer. His touring resume includes Mac Demarco, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Connan Mockasin, Best Coast, Surfer Blood, Inner Circle and others. Joe was a former staff engineer at Circle House Studios in Miami, FL and Faultline Studios (RIP) in San Francisco. during his free time he is an electronics hobbyist and recreational ice hockey player.


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