A Place for Articles on the Music Industry

This new section of the Mixing Live Sound site offers articles on many topics related to the music industry.

Sound Articles is an article directory focused on the music industry. I am reprinting some available articles here, but I hope that those with knowledge to share and an interest in being published on the Internet will add their own articles to this space.

This has only just begun and could be quite an adventure, so check back often or subscribe to the RSS feed to get a summary of the latest articles.

I hope you find something of value to you on this site!


Latest Articles

1: Why They Call it "Sound Reinforcement"
A live "sound reinforcement" system (like the ones used in concert venues, churches, and music festivals) is a collection of electronic components that allow sound waves to be converted into electrical signal, amplified, and then converted back into audible sound, usually at a much higher volume level.

2: The Role of Mixing in Digital Music Production
Sound mixing is an art which relies on technological tools for expression. Professional music producers spend a lot of time mixing their creations because mixing done the right or wrong way can make or break a song.

3: Playing Live - How to Mix Your Band's Sound and Deal With Sound Problems
Sound checks are all about getting a band's on-stage sound balance right, but with a crowd in you will need to make some further adjustments as two things will have changed.

4: Outdoor Gigs - What's The Difference?
Summer is almost upon us, and so is the season for bands of all kinds to be invited to play outdoors - at a restaurant, at an outdoor party, at a national park. Wherever it is, all you have to do is set up your stuff and play, just like it was another night at the Itchy Kitty, right? Well, not exactly.

5: The New Bands Guide to Getting the Best From Their Live Sound
When you are a new band, playing live is nerve wracking enough without having to worry about the front of house sound. Surely it’s enough to be concerned about whether your finely crafted and highly practised material will stand up to public scrutiny, or if you’ll make a tube of yourself by falling off the stage in front of the gathered mass of friends and family.

6: Does Your Band Need A Sound Man?
At a gig, typically in a club or restaurant, the first part of my job consists of setting up the mixer, power amp, and effects boxes, running the snake to the playing area, and hooking up the instruments and vocal microphones to the snake. During the show, I ride the mixer faders as needed to keep the sound balanced and respond to requests from the band for level changes in the monitors.

7: The Microphone Explained
The most common microphones which are used for musical purposes are ribbon, condenser and dynamic microphones. All microphones have the competence to convert sound energy into electrical energy.

8: How to Get an Awesome Live Drum Sound
Ever wondered why some drummers kits sound amazing and others sound terrible? Want to make your drum kit sound sweet on the live stage? What follows is what i think are just a few of the things you need to do to have a glitch free gig with a great drum sound that blends in with the rest of the band.

9: Live Sound - Five Tips For Avoiding Feedback at Your Shows
One of the worst events that can befall a band during a show, aside from actual injury to any of its members, is to have a screeching blast of feedback suddenly deafen the audience, sending the band's approval rating spiraling downward.

10: Advantages and Disadvantages of the Moving Coil Microphones
A moving coil microphone functions on the basic principle of Electromagnetic induction. It has a copper wire coil, which when moves in the magnetic field a voltage is generated.

11: Active vs Passive Direct Boxes?
Why do you need a direct box if you can plug a guitar or keyboard directly into a mixer with no problems? That's a great question!

12: Audio Engineering Training
Audio engineering training prepares you for a rewarding career in music. Audio engineering training is something you might want to consider if you're interested in music and have a way with technology.

13: The Basic PA System
PA systems (aka live sound) range from those that put out just a few watts like those for addressing a large boardroom to the mega systems that put out tens of thousands of watts like those that are used for mega music events in stadia.

14: How to Set up a PA System
This is an outline of the steps to hooking up a basic sound system for live sound mixing.

15: Zouk - the Dance and the Music
Zouk is a beautiful type of music hailing from the Caribbean islands Guadeloupe and Martinique. Zouk is rhythmic with a very distinctive rhythm pattern. The words of the songs are often in..

16: Something About Microphones
A brief explanation of microphones and the principles that they operate by and the different types available. A description of where different types of microphones are used.

17: Music Industry Jobs - What's Out There?
Many believe the music industry is limited to playing instruments or singing. However, this couldn't be more untrue. Many people make livings by doing other very important jobs related to marketing the artists.

18: This Little Thing Called Mixing
How did we get to this state in the evolution of music technology and performing arts, where a mix can make such a big difference? A song which hasn't been mixed very well stands almost no chance at all nowadays to reach the charts. Times have changed. In the 70s and 80s a song didn't necessarily have to be mixed well, as long as it had a good melody and a well known vocalist who sang. If it sounds exciting, then you might want to read a book on mixing

19: How To Restring a Guitar
Professionals will tell you there are key rules to following when knowing how to restring a guitar. Three significant rules to consider. I am a trained guitarist and have changed strings 1000's of times. Please make use of these points if you are a newbie.

20: Why Independent Artists and Musicians Should Podcast
Independent artists have long struggled to gain recognition and attract an audience. Without the backing of a major label it can be very difficult for independent artists to obtain radio play time, that is, until now. Podcasting a revolutionary new medium, has opened new distribution channels for independent artists.