SoundGirls will be presenting a free webinar entitled “FOH Mixing for Live Music,” an online discussion slated for Wednesday, June 30 that will feature a panel of veteran audio professionals — Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato, Bryony October, Dana Wachs, Amanda Davis and Fela Davis, moderated by Grace Royse — who will explore the topic as well as answer audience questions. (Go here for more information, to post questions, and to register.)
What does a FOH engineer do? Simply put, each individual instrument on stage has its own microphone and input, from the lead singer all the way down to the individual drums and cymbals on the drum kit. The FOH engineer manipulates the levels and equalization of the various instruments and vocals blending them together, adding reverb and effects as needed, to produce a mix of the band which is amplified through the PA system.
The level of creativity and freedom a FOH engineer has with the mix varies from artist to artist. Sometimes a band or artist has a clear vision of what they want to sound like live. It’s the FOH engineer’s job to interpret and re-create this via the sound system, and sometimes a band leaves its sound entirely up to the engineer.
All of this and much more will be discussed in the free webinar on Wednesday, June 30, beginning at 11 am U.S. Pacific time. Again, go here for more information, to post questions, and to register.