Live & Recording Audio Programs Starting
Master Mix Live will provide a LIVE or RECORDING audio program for the student that is interested in being an Audio Engineer and not wanting to spend two to four years on getting a degree and having to take other non related subjects to get there.
Master Mix Live students will be on a private comprehensive and accelerated course of LIVE or RECORDED audio only studies for 20 weeks, they will gain invaluable knowledge from the 30 years of live and studio mixing experiences that our Senior Instructor Rick Camp has been involved in.
At the end of the 20 weeks, a certificate of completion will be awarded along with written recommendations for job placement at major recording studios, sound companies, AV companies, houses of worship, performing arts centers and national touring artist management companies.
Front of House (FOH) Audio Engineer
More than any other person, the FOH engineer controls what the audience hears during a live performance. His or her primary concern is to ensure superior sound quality within the venue. To do that, the engineer must blend together instruments and vocals to achieve a perfectly balanced sound. In essence, the engineer behind the audio console is like a member of the band—and just as important to the audience’s perception.
In a touring environment, the FOH engineer is ultimately in charge of all audio equipment and supervises a crew of technicians through load-in, sound check, performance, and load-out. He or she is considered the head audio tech, overseeing the monitor engineer, microphone techs, instrument techs, and assistants. He or she is responsible to the band and tour manager for the proper operation, maintenance, and repair of all audio gear. In the absence of an audio designer it will be the job of the FOH engineer to design the placement of speakers, amps, and microphones and to specify the brands and models of equipment.
During the performance, the FOH engineer is located in front of the stage, usually in the middle of the audience. With the use of a mixing console like a Yamaha PM5D or Midas PRO6, the engineer will adjust the gain, timbre, and dynamics of incoming audio signals. Each is manipulated independently through the console, controlling the output of each vocalist and instrument to the audience speaker arrays. This is an active process throughout the entire performance. As long as the band is playing, the FOH engineer is mixing.
What to Expect
As an FOH engineer, you will collaborate closely with the artists to determine the sound the band wants for their performance. Constant communication and feedback must be maintained to continue to perfect the show. Since you will lead the audio crew through the tour, you must be an effective and confident leader who knows every inch of your gear and can delegate responsibility. Expect to spend long hours maintaining and fixing gear, as conditions on the road are rough on delicate electronics. Constantly honing your skills and staying current with new technology are a must.
The road is also rough on people. You must have a thick skin, be able to function professionally on your worst day, and live in close quarters with the rest of the crew. Privacy and “me time” is nonexistent on tour. Most importantly, you have to be flexible, resourceful, and able to manage a crisis when your gear gets fried in a freak lightning strike. A calm and soothing presence is a highly desirable asset in an FOH engineer.