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u/McWalkerson · 26 pointsr/livesound

Grab a copy of Mixing a Musical. It’s probably the best book on the subject.

u/faderjockey · 5 pointsr/livesound

Pretty common, actually, as a method of getting a new show under your fingers.

That's the method described in Shannon Slaton's Mixing a Broadway Musical.

u/IHateTypingInBoxes · 3 pointsr/livesound

Shannon Slaton's book is a great resource for this.

u/randoturbo33 · 3 pointsr/techtheatre

Check out Shannon Slaton's book Mixing a Musical: Broadway Theatrical Sound Techniques. It's a great in-depth look at the nuts and bolts of theatrical sound. Obviously you're a long way off from doing this level of show, but this should give you a good idea of how much more there is to it besides just mixing the mics.

Otherwise, there's some good advice here already. Experience and networking is the name of the game in Broadway audio, even more so than other departments. Every sound person I know doing Broadway/First Nationals was plucked up by a designer early in their career, often at well-known summerstocks or major off-Broadway theatres, and when that designer needed new people to go on tour or go to Chicago for an out-of-town tryout or whatever, they got the call.

As for what to do - just start doing shows. If you have a local roadhouse near you, see if you can get on the overhire list for the IA and get paid to load in some tours. Volunteer to mix your friend's band, work on the school musical, work on other school's musicals, whatever you can get your hands on. If you're so inclined to go to college, pick a good one that specializes in what you want to do and has a solid alumni network who are working successfully in the field, but also hopefully one that won't leave you in debt for 20 years. Use those college connections to get solid summerstock work in college, then move to the regional/off-Broadway world when you graduate. Move up the ladder at a larger theatre, meet a well-known designer, start building some of his shows, maybe get sent out on a smaller tour, work your way up to heading, get called home to sub on one of his Broadway shows, finally get your own show, make sure it's a huge hit, mix it for 30 years, then retire and move to Florida. Any questions? :)

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/audioengineering

For theater specifics, I'd recommend this book.

u/kmccoy · 2 pointsr/livesound

"Mixing" is routinely used in the theatrical world for what the person operating the sound board does. Shannon Slaton used it in the title of his book about it.

u/UKYPayne · 2 pointsr/livesound

See if you can get your hands on "Mixing a Musical" the book.

It's a bit overkill for some of your stuff, but it is all there.

u/Hertz_so_good · 2 pointsr/techtheatre

This page has some interesting reading for theatre soecific audio. Also check out Mixing a musical.

u/FireFingers1992 · 2 pointsr/techtheatre

Hi there,

I work as a Sound No. 1 (essentially British equivalent of an A1).

Build up all the skills you can. Volunteer for theatre stuff, but also try and run sound for friend's bands, it is all good experience in training your ears.

I went to university and studied Music Technology, but certainly not the only path. Getting in at the bottom at a theatre and working up still works. In the UK several drama schools do sound specfic degrees like Central and Rose Bruford so I assume similar courses must exist in the states (or if finances allow you could come and study over here).

There are tons of great books to read. This one is particularly good.

Finally, see a lot of theatre. And really listen to it. Talk to the A1 on it if you can, get their email etc, and ask every question about the how and why they operated the show the way they did.

Another bit of advice, pretty much no one starts as an A1. You start as an A2, running radio mics, fitting them to cast etc. Get good at the shit as that part of industry is easier to break into. Loads of good advice on mic stuff on the Masque Sound blog

Final bit of advice, don't worry if you suck at first, or don't really know what you are doing. Keep trying and making mistakes but learning from them and you'll become better and better at it all.

Feel free to shoot me any question on here.

See you on Broadway in ten years!

u/thewonderwaffle · 1 pointr/techtheatre

I found this book has a good chapter on mixing scripts.

u/upislouder · 1 pointr/livesound

You've got the right idea.

Learn DCA/VCA first, that will be biggest improvement.

Then get into scenes after you understand that. Don't do too much in scenes at first, just mutes and VCA assignment.

And read this: