Help to Shape the Future of Studio.Stage.Live!

Hey everyone, I hate to say it but the effects of Covid-19 have finally reached my blog. Because my job usually involves lots of live mixing, meeting new people, and vastly different weeks I can easily generate lots of filler to come alongside my normal postings. Posts like “Meet an Engineer,” “Editorial,” and “From the Booth” just naturally make themselves but in this season two things have happened. First, the virus has thrust me into post production, which has been great but it means that each week for me usually looks about the same and wouldn’t be a fun watch or read. Secondly, the lock-down has all but eliminated my usual opportunities to go to conferences, interact with other professionals in my field, and have time to the kinds of innovation that I prefer to do every now and again.

So I need your help.

I created a survey that’s just three questions that each highlight a way you can help if you’d like to. The first question just lets me know where you as the reader are at and what you’d like to see. The second question is just an open call to tell me exactly what I should be writing about. I know all of you are likely more gifted than you think you think. I’ve been able to learn both from guys who have been doing audio for decades and from people who just started and asked just the right question. If you want to write and share your experiences, let me know, we’ll figure something out. I want this site to turn into a group of engineers whose goal is to help us as a group, get better. If you want to be a part of that, leave me your contact info and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

One last the thing, if you like what you’ve been reading, the best thing you can do is subscribe. My goal personally is to write new content each week but sometimes I just don’t come up with something worthy of your time. If you subscribe you’ll get an email shortly after any post has gone live so you won’t miss anything that happens here and you won’t have to keep checking to see if you new content is available. You can go to this link, fill out the form, and that’s it! If you have any questions just email me at or leave a comment below or on Facebook! Thanks for your help with the survey and being a part of the community here, see you next week!

2019: Year in Review

Well it’s that time of year again. I know this isn’t the most glamorous of posts and there won’t be any practical learning here but I have used these surveys in the past to direct future writing and help to make decisions that you folks will appreciate. Please take the time to fill out the survey below. It’s just a few short questions that make a big difference in the content that is created throughout this coming year.

But before you do that, I wanted to share some of the new things coming to the site over the next few months. To start with I have at least one new author/engineer joining the team. As I continue to write and meet new people I always keep an eye for people who can provide a different perspective than I can in order to keep what you’re learning very diverse. As I grew up, I was able to learn from not just live audio guys but from studio and broadcast guys as well which helped me form a broader set of skills. The hope is that this blog will give you that same range of information. Next I am very close to finalizing a new way to view the “From the Booth” videos so that you can better see each angle and be able to select what you want allowing for higher resolution video. The YouTube style videos will still be available but this new way will help you dig into the details if you want. You’ll understand better when you see it. Lastly, and this is the stretch goal, I’d love to get a few training videos up that would allow you to see what I’m talking about rather than just read it. In any case, there are big things coming to Studio.Stage.Live!

Thanks again for stopping by, please take the time to fill out the survey. As always, we’ll see you on the flipside!

2018: Year in Review

Welcome to 2019. Hopefully your holidays and New Years celebrations were fun and at least at some point restful. Last year at about this time I launched Studio.Stage.Live with my first blog post with the intention of writing a blog post a week for at least one year. My goal was to share and hopefully begin actively collaborating in the community of sound engineers across the US and get to know folks around the world. Thank you so much for hanging out with me as I venture down this road in writing and professional development. In writing about so many different topics I’ve learned about so many things and made so many changes that I only noticed because I was writing about it. I hope you all have been able to glean as much as I did throughout this process.

This next year I hope to bring you a lot of the same content but hopefully some new content from some new authors. In that same light, I am extending an offer to any of you that have something to say and would like to join the Studio.Stage.Live team. I’m looking for a few folks to help me continue to bring you weekly content and expand the resources that can be found here. Right now it’s just me and a few people who help me edit posts but I’d like grow and learn from you too. I’m looking for writers and video makers alike! If this is something you are interested in, hit me up at and we will figure out how we can collaborate and learn. If you haven’t already and would like to subscribe to the site so you can get an email anytime new content is posted follow this link and sign up today!

Secondly, I know that I sort of live in a bubble here in North America. I have access to just about any tool that I need and have a great environment to work in. WIth that in mind, what are some topics that you’d love to see addressed this year? Is there something you have been fighting against every time you mix? Any questions about your gear or how I use my stuff? Are you interested in knowing why we buy the way we do? How about what mic to use in a given set of situation? Just let me know either here in the comments, on facebook, or drop me an email at and let me know what you are thinking. I’m always looking for fresh and new ideas on how to help us all grow as professionals at our craft.

Lastly, I’m looking for feedback about the content of the posts that you’ve read and seen this year. I’ve created a short google form that I’d love for you to take just a few minutes and fill out. I’ll see you all next week as we start the year out with “From the Booth” video taken from our Christmas program!