Steve La Cerra is an independent live sound and recording engineer based in the New York area. He is the front-of-house engineer and tour manager for Blue Öyster Cult and has worked with artists such as Joe Jackson, The Struts, Firehouse and Robert Fripp. Steve teaches Music Technology at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY and has authored many articles on professional audio technology. He is currently working on a book about live sound.
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A big challenge for anyone doing live sound is something called gain staging. This refers to the way signal levels are set between the various components in an audio system. Poor gain staging results in high levels of noiseRead More
Tools of the Trade: Equalization | Apr 26
One of the most important tools in live sound is called equalization. It may sound a bit tech-y but equalization (“EQ” for short) is actually just a fancy word for “tone control.” EQ allows you to change the tonalRead More
Using Reverb and Delay, Part 1 | May 10
Two of the more fun audio tools are reverb and delay — effects that are used to add a sense of space to your mix. Let’s look at each, and then see how you can best use them inRead More