Basic Live Sound Reinforcement


A Practical Guide for Starting Live Audio

By Raven Biederman, Penny Pattison

Paperback. 380 pages | 265 B/W Illus.

SKU: 9780240821016 Category:


Access and interpret manufacturer spec information, find shortcuts for plotting measure and test equations, and learn how to begin your journey towards becoming a live sound professional.

Land and perform your first live sound gigs with this guide that gives you just the right amount of information. Don’t get bogged down in details intended for complex and expensive equipment and Madison Square Garden-sized venues. Basic Live Sound Reinforcement is a handbook for audio engineers and live sound enthusiasts performing in small venues from one-mike coffee shops to clubs.

With their combined years of teaching and writing experience, the authors provide you with a thorough foundation of the theoretical and the practical, offering more advanced beginners a complete overview of the industry, the gear, and the art of mixing, while making sure to remain accessible to those just starting out.


About the authors

Raven Biederman has taught at the Globe School of Music and the Art Institute of San Francisco. He has worked as FOH mixer at Club Cocomo and other small-to-medium-sized venues. He is founder of Recoil Studios, where he’s accumulated numerous album credits.

Penny Pattison has worked as a writing professional, educator, and research expert. Her dual interest in empowering students with accessible and useful information and in participating in small-venue, live-performance culture has led her to enthusiastically lend her skills to serve as the title’s coauthor.


Table of Contents


Part 1: Introducing Live Sound

Chapter 1: What is Live Sound?

Chapter 2: Overview of the Live Sound Industry

Chapter 3: Live Sound – Where the Boots Hit the Ground

Part 2: The Art and Science of Live Sound

Chapter 4: Sound Science – Physics and Perception

Chapter 5: Acoustics – The Science of Sound in the Environment

Chapter 6: Sound Power, Power, and More Science You Need to Know

Chapter 7: Beyond Ears that Hear – The Art of Live Sound

Part 3: Tools of the Trade – The Public Address System

Chapter 8: The P.A. System – More than the Sum of its Parts

Chapter 9: Microphones – Sound to Signal

Chapter 10: The Mixer – Shaping the Signal with the P.A. UI

Chapter 11: Processors, Effects, and More – Rack Mounted Equipment

Chapter 12: Amplifiers, Crossovers, and Speakers – From a Little Signal to a Big Sound

Chapter 13: A Word to the Wireless

Chapter 14: Parts to P.A. – Tie it Together with Cables

Part 4: Getting Ready for the Show

Chapter 15: Preproduction – Preparations in Advance

Chapter 16: More Preproduction – Plan it, Do it, Double-check it

Chapter 17: Safe Gear Humping 101 – Get it to the Gig without Breaking Your Back

Chapter 18: The Step by Step Guide to a Safe Setup

Chapter 19: Good Sound Start Here – Microphone Set-up for Live Production

Chapter 20: From Signal to Sound – Speaker Placement for Live Production

Part 5: Show Time and Beyond

Chapter 21: Setup – Connecting and Tuning the Chain

Chapter 22: All in the Mix – Fundamentals, Mixing Monitors, and Sound Check

Chapter 23: Mixing the Live Show – From Curtains up to Last Call

Chapter 24: Beat Trouble to the Draw – Tactical Troubleshooting for Today’s Audio Outlaw

Part 6: Becoming a Live Sound Professional

Chapter 25: Getting your Foot in the Door – Making the Transition from Out in the Cold to in the Live Audio Fold

Chapter 26: Navigating the Audio Technology Marketplace

Chapter 27: Working Like a Pro

Chapter 28: The No Bucks Wasted Poor Engineer’s Guide to Buying Audio Gear

Chapter 29: Working Well With Others (Bonus Online Chapter)


Additional information

Weight 0.9 kg