From the SoundProLive Bloggers

There are books on basic audio principles, Schools that teach the ins and outs of consoles, lessons in business, etc… Yet there is not and perhaps never can be a manual, class or guidance on how to survive and walk the tightrope between our careers and still maintain some sense of a “Normal” personal life and relationships.

 “Don’t let ‘fake it to make it’ become your mantra...You WILL get called out eventually.” — Kerrie Mondy

Putting an artist's needs before our children's and spouse's can and will cause lasting problems for all involved. 

Now I don’t claim to be an expert in the Art of Marriage. My wife remains as big of a mystery to me now as she was 15 years ago when we started dating. HOWEVER, I have learned a few things along the way...

I lost a friend, and a mentor today.  It hurts to lose a friend.  Especially someone that has been in your life for over 20 years.  I was first introduced to ML in 1986, only I didn’t remember that until later...

It was a Saturday, a day like any other day that we’d get up at 3:00 AM, fly across the country (with a connection of course) and then drive two hours to a gig. Then back home the next AM, a typical fly date/kamikaze mission. Except we didn’t realize that there was bad weather moving through the lower part of the country. When we arrived in Atlanta I had a message from the promoter asking me to call him ASAP. “You guys aren’t flying through Dallas, are you?” We weren’t.

“C’mon what is the price for you to mix this show?”  If he asks enough times, will the price change?  Then it came to me.  I need to speak to this guy in terms that he understands.  

Cymbals can be a tricky thing to successfully mic to achieve the desired results. They can often sound harsh or “brassy.” But don’t despair, there are a number of ways to mic up cymbals and get a nice sizzle without them overpowering the other elements of your mix.


Hello Sue,

What exactly does "eating right" mean to those of us on the road going at it 18 hrs a day? And what to do when the best menu is not available?


So buckle up, here we go. By now, I’m sure that many of you have heard about the recording efforts of self-proclaimed recordist J.M. Ladd and the events that followed his recent efforts.