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Signal To Noise, Episode 111: Mixing & Flying With Ngaio Nobumoto

Las Vegas-based mix engineer talks about his work in audio and as a commercial pilot, his passion for music, and much more.

What do flying a plane and mixing live sound have in common? Ngaio Nobumoto joins the hosts in Episode 111 to discuss his work as a house engineer based out of Las Vegas, his work as a commercial pilot, and more. The Signal To Noise podcast is sponsored by Audix and Allen & Heath.

Born in Las Vegas to a family of artists, Nobumoto began pursuing his passion for music at age six. He plays piano, guitar, bass, and also sings, recording his music under the name pinkcyan. At age 14, he discovered an interest in photography and began shooting professionally at age 16. His work is frequently described as modern and elegant, bearing a cinematic tone and element.

At age 21, Ngaio began pursuing a career in aviation as an airplane pilot, and he currently holds a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating as well a flight instructor certificate. He teaches people how to fly out of the North Las Vegas (KVGT) airport.

Then there’s his work as an audio mix engineer. He’s provided front of house and monitor engineering services for a variety of artists that include Highly SuspectP.O.D.The MidnightSlothrustMeg & DiaReal EstateDIIVGirlpoolThe Dodos, and many more. He’s also run sound for a number of mid-to-large-sized corporate events.

Nobumoto is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He’s also a graduate of the College of Southern Nevada, holding an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.

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The Signal To Noise podcast on ProSoundWeb is hosted by Live Sound/PSW technical editor Michael Lawrence and pro audio veterans Kyle Chirnside/Chris Leonard.

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