Lesson 1: Safety and Operations

A career in live music as a live sound engineer can be fun and very rewarding. Nevertheless, live sound is serious business. Your positive, professional demeanor, high-caliber work, and exacting adherence to safety and best practices sets you apart from the rest. Your positive, professional demeanor, high-caliber work, and exacting adherence to safety and operations is what will set you apart from the rest. Safety is paramount in live sound. There are a plethora of ways to get injured while setting up or running a show so developing the right habits and adhering to best practices is a must. Along with safety comes organization. From cables to logistics, you have to stay organized in the live sound field. Regarding your equipment, make sure everything has its own place. In your road cases, cables go with cables, mic cables with mic cables, instrument cables with instrument cables, etc. Each drawer needs to be appropriately labeled as well as the case itself. Make sure your crew is familiar with your setup and knows where to look for each label. If you are on a crew working under another engineer, make sure you know their setup through and through.