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Over the last few months I’ve found myself doing live sound a lot more, and I have to tell you a secret: not only do I find it more enjoyable at this point, but I think it’s making me a better mixer – a lot better.  Don’t tell anyone.

There are many reasons mixing live sound is making me better. The reason you’d probably guess is that I’m simply getting in more hours behind the board, and I’m naturally getting better by putting in the hours.

Of course, that’s true, but there’s more to it than that, and if I may, I would like to run through the myriad of reasons I will continue to mix live, and why I think you should too.

I’m going to break it down into two parts: technical benefits and interpersonal benefits. In this entry, I’ll be focusing on the technical benefits, and next time I’ll dive into how it can benefit our relationships.


I do live sound mostly at my church so the basic setup is the same from week to week. Practically this means that I don’t have to re-mic the drum kit every time I show up and the basic instrumentation is the same. There are however different musicians every week who have different playing styles and different basses, guitar rigs, etc.

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