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The Sound Reinforcement Handbook

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(Yamaha Products). Sound reinforcement is the use of audio amplification systems. This book is the first and only book of its kind to cover all aspects of designing and using such systems for public address and musical performance. The book features information on both the audio theory involved and the practical applications of that theory, explaining everything from microphones to loudspeakers. This revised edition features almost 40 new pages and is even easier to follow with the addition o…

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As a pseudo-musician/sound engineer here’s a couple of tips I learned over the years.

  • Avoid being a gear head. It’s great to get all the latest and greatest equipment but it really isn’t necessary to make great music. A simple pro-audio card for your computer, a small mixer (12-16channel), and a couple of SM57/SM58 mics will give the power to make great music.

  • Try and bring as much of your own gear to live shows with extra back up cables. Don’t depend on the venue to have it. Nothing worse than showing at 5-7pm for a 9pm door open scrambling to find a music store that’s still open over a bad cable.

  • Learn some audio engineering and sound reinforcement. It helps in creating a dialog between you and production studios and live gig engineers. If I ever had to recommend a book it would be Yamaha’s Sound Reinforcement Handbook

  • Keep detailed notes about the songs you create including settings, equipment used, etc. It saves a lot of time trying to reverse engineer a song if you try and recreate in a studio or on different gear.

  • Utilize the internet for creating connections other musicians to create music and collaborate. You can even get feedback by doing live ‘jam’ sessions on sites like ustream.com or justin.tv

  • Learn the basics of copyright law and contract law if you plan to get signed and/or go public with your music.

  • Your live performances should focus on the performance. Don’t worry about recreating you studio songs exactly. People come to your show to be entertained and less about hearing the music.

Lastly, have fun. Learn to accept your mistakes. Even the best bands in the world don’t replicate their album songs exactly for many reasons most of which is because you can’t and it detracts from the energy of the performance.

I hope that helps

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$18.0

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Yamaha

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