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Listen to Reduce Mic Leakage Onstage

When you're mixing an artist or band live, mic bleed/leakage can be one of your biggest enemies. During sound check, be sure to do a PFL (pre-fade listen) check of each microphone as the full band is playing. Don't... Read more »

Cable Management Tools for Stage and Studio

Spaghetti may be tasty, but it belongs on a plate, not the back of your rack. The sheer amount of time many of us waste sorting out tangled cables and liberating vital components of our rigs is criminal, especially... Read more »

Live Mixing Tip: Use Reverb to “Position” Backup Vocals

Getting the balance between lead vocal and background vocals can be tricky, particularly if you're in a small venue where the instruments aren't running through the PA. In these situations, reverb is your friend... Read more »

How to Sync Lighting to Your Live Show

Well-synchronized lighting can take your live show to a new level — chaotic lighting can clear the room in a hurry. Mitch Gallagher shares advice on using a DMX interface to control your lighting show from DAW... Read more »

Digital Mixer Tip: Build a Live Mix Off a Template

Using templates is a time-honored technique for quickly setting up your DAW in the studio. But it can also be a time saver when setting up your digital mixer for a live show. (Various digital mixers may use... Read more »

Free Disc Makers Vocalist’s Guide

Our friends at Disc Makers have released their latest free guide for musicians. Entitled The Vocalist's Guide to Recording, Rehearsing, and Performing: Care and Maintenance for Singers in Every Genre, this guide is... Read more »

Yamaha Commercial Audio Updates Firmware of Dante-equipped Products

Yamaha has released firmware updates for many of its Dante-equipped products, introducing AES67 compatibility and connectivity along with a number of other functionality updates. Yamaha CL/QL series Digital Mixers:... Read more »

8 Accessories to Streamline Your Gig

Want to have a better experience at your gigs, regardless of where you're playing? Mitch Gallagher shares eight smart accessories for musicians that will make packing up and setting up at your gigs more enjoyable... Read more »

5 Essential Accessories for Live Sound

Sometimes it's the little things that can make or break a live performance. Mitch Gallagher shares five helpful accessories to keep on hand that can prevent problems before they arise. After the video, learn more... Read more »

How to Automate Patches for Live Performances

Whether you're a guitarist, keyboard player, or other type of electronic musician, automating your gear to change presets along with your performance is a huge help. Mitch Gallagher shares expert advice on... Read more »

How to Use a Click Track to Maximize Live Performance

Performing along with a click track is a smart way to tighten up your playing, and it doesn't have to be complicated. Veteran performer Nick D'Virgilio shares some expert advice on using a click track for live... Read more »

Live Monitoring 101: How to Use In-ear Monitors

Being able to hear yourself is critical for a great live performance, and in-ear monitors are a smart solution. Nick D'Virgilio shares some expert advice on getting the most out of your in-ear monitoring system at... Read more »

DIs and Other Essential Live Sound Gadgets

DIs, Splitters, and More When people think about sound-reinforcement gear, usually it's mixers, PA speakers, monitor systems, and other highly visible equipment that comes to mind. However, many critical tasks fall... Read more »

How to Incorporate a Digital Mixer into Your Live Sound System

Mitch Gallagher shares expert advice on integrating a digital mixer into your live sound system. For this video Mitch is using a Behringer X Air X18 digital mixer, connected to a pair of QSC K12 powered... Read more »

Live Vocal Processors: Add Studio Magic to Your Live Show

For many singers, one of the most thrilling developments in music technology to take hold over the past decade is the widespread availability of live vocal processing. What started off as a handful of harmonizers... Read more »

Going Wireless: Solutions for Cutting the Cord

There are many reasons to embrace the wonderful wireless technologies available to modern live sound production, from the freedom to move around the stage to the ability to significantly drop stage volume. In many... Read more »

How to Choose PA Speakers

Whether you're running a venue or putting together a mobile rig, you need a sound-reinforcement system that can meet your needs, both today and in years to come. We can comfortably categorize these systems into... Read more »

Great Microphone Stands & Accessories You Should Know About

Consider the humble microphone stand — an often overlooked yet essential part of any live sound-reinforcement system. There are many kinds of stands to choose from, and it's important that you invest in the stands... Read more »

Best Live Sound Mic Placement Techniques

Getting great live sound is as much an art as it is a science, and much of that has to do with basic engineering techniques. Mic placement is one of the biggest factors of good live sound — nothing you do at... Read more »

Free QMix-UC App for PreSonus StudioLive and Studio 192

PreSonus has released a new version of the QMix-UC app, which allows for remote control over StudioLive Series III and StudioLive AI mixers asw well as Studio 192-series audio interfaces. The free app allows up to... Read more »

TC Helicon Releases Perform-VK App

TC Helicon has released the Perform-VK app, which allows for easy control over the mic-stand mount Perform-VK vocal processor. The app contains more than 1,000 presets; provides new styles, including Doubling... Read more »

Focusrite Releases RedNet Control 2

Focusrite has released a major update to their RedNet Control software, RedNet Control 2, which provides remote control over the company's range of RedNet hardware. The new RedNet Control 2 was developed largely in... Read more »

Re-balance Your Mix After Adding Effects

It's usually obvious when you add or remove an effect such as distortion or compression — an effect that affects a track's or channel's volume — you'll also need to adjust the track's or channel's volume... Read more »

Disc Makers Releases Free Home Studio Handbook

Our friends at Disc Makers have published their latest free guide: The Home Studio Handbook! Aimed at anyone interesting in home recording, this guide provides information on everything you need to know about... Read more »