Books on PRACTICAL live sound implementation?

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  1. jarjarbinks

    jarjarbinks Misa want to learn! Active Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    Hello experts, jarjar reporting for duty.

    ¿Can you please recommend me some good books with "hands on" information about how to implement a live sound event?

    I´ve looked. But the ones I´ve found on amazon always have too much theory. I have theory books. I want the "how to's", the "be careful's", the "what not to do's". All the applied stuff.

    Im not reluctant of theory, but I want a practical book to understand how to implement shows at different levels from "corner cafe-type portable gig" to "Rock in Rio". Topics like:

    Venue scouting and measurement to gather gear selection criteria
    PA Power calculations (but not only the formulas: the real world "what amp would you pick for how many speakers, hung this high", or the "how many speakers per amp, per dividing network")
    Ring out specifics: how to ring out several type of systems for efficient performance and high dynamic range/headroom
    Acoustic/gear selection considerations between indoor and outdoor events
    Human resources management of live sound events
    Crowd control considerations
    Health, safety and insurance
    System operation tips and tricks
    Damage control, risks
    Good practices for unwanted issues during the show
    Use of digital vs analog mixing desks

    Thank you for your time!!
  2. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
    Yamaha's Sound Reinforcement Handbook is supposed to be a good one to start with.
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  3. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Prince George, BC
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    Absolutely. I have it here and its been my guide for years.
  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Moderator (Distinguished Member) Resource Member

    Nov 25, 2012
    Akron/Cleveland, OH
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    Yup. Has the reputation as being one of the "bibles" for sound reinforcement.

    However, I don't believe that it has anything related to live event logistics such as crowd control, HR, etc. It's more technically oriented.

    I'm not sure where to point you for that stuff, maybe see if you can find any training manuals from a theatrical or stage handlers union... (IATSE)
  5. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Moderator Resource Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    I've been curious to read Bob Heil's book, Practical Guide for Concert Sound. Does anybody have it?

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