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New Signal To Noise (S2N) Podcast: Getting An Audio Education, Landing That First Gig & More

By PSW Staff September 6, 2019

Michael Lawrence (left) and Kyle Chirnside

Welcome to the Signal To Noise (S2N) podcast series on ProSoundWeb, sponsored by Shure and hosted by Live Sound/PSW technical editor Michael Lawrence and pro audio veteran Kyle Chirnside (the hosts utilize Shure SM7B mics for the podcasts).

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This time out (Episode 12), the hosts answer some commonly asked questions about how to get an education in audio, how to land your first gigs, as well as some tips for success on the job.

To submit comments or questions of your own, email the show at [email protected].

S2N Episode 11: Bruce Reiter

The hosts talk with veteran front of house engineer Bruce Reiter about his career as well as his work with  Five Finger Death Punch, who he’s served as FOH and production manager since 2010.

With 3-plus decades (and counting) of audio engineering experience, Reiter is noted for providing  superb, unvarying sound quality along with an extreme attention to detail for live concert tours. Over that span he’s also developed the organizational skills and industry contacts to manage all aspects of concert production.

In addition to working with Five Finger Death Punch, he’s also supported dozens of other noted touring artists over his career, with a resume that includes Dragonforce, Megadeath, Limp Bizkit and numerous others.

Additional Link:
Bruce Reiter On Facebook

S2N Episode 10: Talking FOH & Monitors

Michael and Kyle talk about several key aspects of touring front of house and monitors, as well as mixing and managing monitors from FOH.

In addition to his work with Live Sound and PSW, Michael is an independent front of house engineer and system tech (reach him at One aspect of specialization is system tuning and related aspects. Meanwhile, Kyle began his journey in audio mixing at local venues at the age of 15 before attending Webster University and Missouri State, where his focus was audio, and the business of entertainment production. Since then, he has held titles including house production, system tech, production manager, front of house, monitors, and tour management.


Additional Link:
The Impact Of Breaking The Line

S2N Episode 9: Samantha Potter

We talk with Samantha Potter, about the new Church Sound University program she’s co-developing and which kicks off this coming October, as well as addressing many of the common issues that come up in house of worship audio and how to work through them.

About Our Guest: Samantha Potter serves as senior contributing editor and worship tech liaison for Church Sound magazine and ProSoundWeb. She also serves as an IT media supervisor and system design consultant in the house of worship sector, in addition to handling production management and front of house engineering for popular Kansas City-based band Funk Syndicate.


Additional Links:
Church Sound University
Samantha Potter Articles On PSW
More About Samantha

Brad Price

S2N Episode 8: Brad Price of Audinate

We talk with Audinate senior product manager Brad Price about the latest with Dante as well as insights for both beginners and veterans about audio networking.

About Our Guest: In addition to working with Audinate for almost a decade, Brad has an extensive background in audio engineering, music performance and software product development. Among many accomplishments in his diverse career, he’s managed the development of networked real-time video software for school classrooms, providing technical communications and direct customer support services.

He’s also built and designed custom electronics for a variety of rack-mounted MI components and provided front line direct customer support, and developed crossovers and equalizers for automotive sound in addition to managing the UL and CE certification process.


Additional Links:
Key Questions & Answers About Dante Audio Networking
Expanding Horizons: Inside MLSound’s Networking Approach For Large-Event Audio
Tech Focus: Dante Domain Manager Deployed At Target Field
Audinate Unveils New Dante-As-Software Products 

S2N Episode 7: Kyle Chirnside

Kyle Chirnside

We’re joined by new Signal To Noise co-host Kyle Chirnside and about a range of sound reinforcement aspects, including system tech and engineering as well as favorite artists to mix and much more. Based in St. Louis, Kyle’s a live audio professional with more than 30 years of experience.

He began his journey in audio mixing at local venues at the age of 15 before attending Webster University and Missouri State, where his focus was audio, and the business of entertainment production. Since then, he has held titles including house production, system tech, production manager, front of house, monitors, and tour management.

His credits include two RIAA certified platinum records and three gold records for live engineering along with one platinum and Grammy nomination for producing and engineering “LIVE in PHOENIX” by Fall Out Boy a live album/DVD release. His artist roster for front of house mixer has included Fall Out Boy, Portugal the Man, JET, and UnderOath. He also worked with MUSIC Tribe for several years where he became renowned as “the Midas guy.”


S2N Episode 6: James Stoffo

James Stoffo

We’re joined by wireless/RF guru James Stoffo, who fills us in on best practices whether using 1 or 100 systems, the latest on the RF spectrum in the U.S., wireless “war games” and much more.

About Our Guest: James has worked with wireless systems in professional audio for three-plus decades, including serving as an RF consultant for some of the biggest live events in the business, such as the Super Bowl, the World Cup, major awards shows and many others. Currently he’s the chief technology officer of Radio Active Designs, a manufacturer of wireless intercom systems and related gear. Find out more about James here.


Additional Links:
T-Mobile Deployment Map
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) On Wireless System Operation
Shure Wireless Workbench Software
What You Need To Know About Wireless Systems

S2N Episode 5: David Scheirman

David Scheirman

We’re joined by David Scheirman, the immediate past president of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), about the [email protected] program at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, audio education in general, and much more.

About Our Guest: David has worked in professional audio since the early 1970s in a wide range of roles, including as a frequent contributor to Live Sound International and its predecessor, Recording Engineer/Producer (go here to check out some of his articles.) He’s still going strong in his current role as director, Global Concert & Rental Business for Bose Professional as well as serving as president of the AES. And go here to find out more about David’s career.


S2N Episode 4: Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

We’re joined by Chris Mitchell, the front of house engineer for Umphrey’s McGee, an intriguing band that’s noted for experimenting with a wide range of musical styles.

We cover several topics with him, including expanding on his inaugural article for Live Sound International and ProSoundWeb entitled How To Disappear Completely, where he details his quest to remove corrective parametric EQ from the input channels of his mix.

About Our Guest: Chris is a veteran audio professional and mix engineer always on a quest to innovate with his craft. His hobbies include rebuilding vintage motorcycles and mixing consoles. Read more from Chris here.


S2N Episode 3: Bernie Broderick

We talk with industry veteran Bernie Broderick, who earlier this year founded Truth in Audio, a unique professional audio training academy, discussing:

— The upsides and downsides of current training efforts in pro audio
— The specifics and unique approach of Truth In Audio
— His previous experience in working with several leading manufacturers
— The recent “restomod” project with the EAW KF750, bringing modern tech to a loudspeaker rig that launched more than 20 years ago
— And much more

Bernie Broderick

About Our Guest: Bernie has served as in product development and as a trainer for some of the largest manufacturers (L-Acoustics, EAW and others) over several decades, and he’s bringing that expertise to Truth In Audio, which has joined forces with manufacturers and a diverse variety of experienced professionals from many facets of pro audio to provide industry-sponsored technical training.

Bernie’s had a rich, diverse career in pro audio and music, so be sure to check out this profile for more. Also find out more about what’s behind Truth In Audio here.


S2N Episode 2: Ethan Winer

Ethan Winer

We talk with Ethan Winer, the author of the widely read book “The Audio Expert,” now in its second edition, about topics that include:

— Why it’s OK to get things wrong
— Why we can’t completely trust our ears/the importance of measurements
— Audio myths about loudspeaker cables, phantom power with ribbon mics, and others
— And much more

About Our Guest: Ethan has been pursuing a career in audio and music since he was a teenager, and he’s gone on to fulfill that mission and much more. In addition to authoring “The Audio Expert,” he’s had a hugely diverse career as an inventor and technology developer over four-plus decades.

Ethan’s also noted as an audio mythbuster and is quite effective at that quest as well, as evidenced by his Audio Myths workshop from the October 2009 AES show, available for viewing on YouTube. By the way, it’s at 400,000-plus views and still climbing at this point. Be sure to check out his full bio at as well as his articles on ProSoundWeb.

Click here to view the Null Tester video.


S2N Episode 1: Jim Yakabuski

Jim Yakabuski

We talk with noted front of house engineer Jim Yakabuski (“Jim Yak”) about his current work on the Roy Orbison “In Dreams” Hologram Tour, his “retro mixing and the 10-channel challenge” approach (detailed here), life on the road as a touring engineer, and more.

Also be sure to check out other articles by Jim on PSW here.

About Our Guest: Jim has spent more than 35 years as a live sound engineer, working with artists such Van Halen, Journey, Avril Lavigne, Peter Frampton, and many others. He’s also the author of “Professional Sound Reinforcement Techniques,” which provides a collection of tips and techniques for mix engineers. It’s available on Amazon.


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