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Signal To Noise, Episode 65: FOH Engineer Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato

Founder of Mixing Music Live and co-founder of talks about her approach to mixing while also reminiscing on the “good old analog days,” transitioning to digital, giving back, and more.

In Episode 65, Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato, founder of Mixing Music Live and co-founder of, talks about her approach to mixing while reminiscing back to the good old analog days and the transition from analog to digital. She also talks about what inspired her to give back and be a voice to the audio community, and more.

The Signal To Noise podcast is sponsored by Audix.

With a career in professional concert sound that spans more than 30 years, Michelle has toured with and mixed a diverse roster of musical artists, beginning with her initial break into touring in landing a gig as FOH engineer for the Spin Doctors in the early 90s. For the past 10 years, she’s been FOH engineer for some of the biggest pop tours, such as Gwen Stefani, Jewel, Ke$ha, and many others.

Michelle being presented with a gold record from the Spin Doctors, circa 1994.

Michelle is offering our listeners a 25% discount for her courses on Mixing Music Live — use coupon code S2NMML25 when purchasing.

In addition, one lucky listener will be awarded a scholarship to Michelle’s LISTEN! course, courtesy of the Signal to Noise podcast. To enter, leave a comment on the Signal To Noise Facebook Group or send an email to [email protected] telling us why you’d like to take the course. The hosts will announce the winner on Monday September 28.

Mixing FOH for Indigo Girls in 1998 on Paragon and Showco Harrison consoles.

Episode Links:
Passion For The Craft: The World Of FOH Engineer Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato

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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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