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Steve La Cerra

Steve La Cerra

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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 noise

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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 tonal

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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 in

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In Part 1 of this article, we talked about the basics of reverb and delay — two important effects that add spaciousness to a sound. Now let’s describe how exactly they can be added

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In the first of our two-part series on using reverb and delay, we touched briefly on aux (short for “auxiliary”) sends and returns. In this installment, we’ll take a closer look at these important

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