Rockin' Your Stage Sound
Rob Gainey
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Rockin' Your Stage Sound: A Musician's Guide to Professional Live Audio (Music Pro Guides)
Rob Gainey
Hal Leonard
2556 pages
December 2010
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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If you play in a band and are serious about it, you've run headfirst into the mysteries and horrors of creating a great live sound. Either you couldn't hear the vocals or the drums were too loud or all the instruments sounded like they were being played underwater. So you adjusted microphone volumes, changed the EQs on the mixer, turned down the amps, turned up the monitors, and you were still swimming in a sea of aural sludge.

Rockin' Your Stage Sound should help you eliminate all those problems to create a clean and pristine concert dynamic.There are chapters here that deal with everything from guitar cables to monitors.

Reading the book will not guarantee that your band sounds like U2 onstage. The techniques provided here do require homework to perfect. You'll need to experiment and engage in trial and error to find the perfect balance of sound for your own music, but all the tools are here. Additionally, there are first-person testimonials from a range of pro bass players, guitarists, drummers, and vocalists who talk about their own experiences in working with live sound. You'll see what the pros say and how and they manage to get amazing sounding drum kits, guitars, and vocals in a live setting.

It's a valuable resource if you're willing to put in the work. If you're still playing backyard parties and beer busts, you're probably still a few steps removed from what's described here. But if you want to improve your live sound and can't seem to put the pieces together, this book may provide some answers.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2011

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