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Tim A Perry

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Re: Some questions for live sound engineers...
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2011, 10:14:04 am »

Daniel Coy wrote on Thu, 06 January 2011 09:23


I'm currently doing research into freelance/full-time live sound engineering for a case study. Rather than just source my information from books I'd like to get some opinions/insights from you guys. If you have the time then it would be really helpful if you could answer a few of these questions - or all of them if you're bored. The more in detailed the answers the better.

Sorry if this kind of thing isn't took too kindly here!



Q: What technical skills must you process to be successful as a live sound engineer?

ability to plug in a cable.


Q: Do you think good personal skills (communication and people skills) are also necessary to being successful in the live sound industry? If so, why?

None needed because I don't have any yet still work as much as I care to.


Q: As a freelance sound engineer, what kind of working patterns/hours are most common to you? Is your work regular or irregular? What effect does this have on you personally?

It made me lose my sense of humor.


Q: How helpful do you think qualifications are in this line of work? Are they necessary?

It is not what you know as much as who you know and even more important is what you know about who.


Q: Is it worth taking up non-pay volunteer work?

As an end in itself, yes


Q: How are you expected to be paid for a job, and how long after the job has taken place are you paid?

Usually on the spot.


Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the live sound industry?

Don't quit your day job.


Q: What do you think are the biggest risks of freelance work?

Malnutrition, food poisoning, sleep deprivation


Had any “nightmare” moments while on the job?

Yep, I once almost had to use Nady speakers
"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" ~ Berthold Auerbach

David Kaiser

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Re: Some questions for live sound engineers...
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2011, 04:01:17 pm »

My church does have 5 Nady MC8 speakers. The first year they had to fabricate adaptors the night before the gig to mount them on the new speaker stands. They work good enough for the purpose we use them for. That is multizone coverage of speech and low volume background music.
Went from Shure Pro Master 705 to Mackie 1604VLZ. Feel free to donate a Soundcraft FX16 or APB Prorack House.
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