Live Sound Bootcamp, Episode 19 | Building a FOH Mix Pt 4: Reverbs, Delays and other FX

This episode covers multiple reverb types, how they're different, and when one might use each of them as well as how to process the sends and returns.

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.

Part 4 of Building A FOH Mix takes a deep dive into effects.  The multiple reverb types, how they’re different, and when one might use each of them.  How to process the sends and returns and the way delays are used in a mix is also discussed. The hosts even touch on some of the lesser used effects such as phasers, flangers, and choruses.  This episode could have gone on for weeks!


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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