Paul Allen – Sound Operator 2

  This was taken from the Priscilla On Stage Website – The sound operator is in charge of mixing both the cast vocals and the band live throughout the show. In the teching period we’ll have sound operators on stage furiously running around fixing mic positions, as well as people on the sound desk mixing the levels. So during the tech we find a general pre-set of the levels, but it is just a rough mark. All it takes is for one of the cast to not be feeling well and singing quieter, for you to have to push … Continue reading

Sound engineer – Tom Marshall

For more info about Tom and how you can get into theatre go to Tom Marshall started working in the sound department of a West End show after his A-levels. Now a successful freelance sound engineer, he hopes to build his profile as a sound designer.   “Live sound is something that cannot really be taught in a classroom” Hometown I’m from the home counties, and am currently residing in Kingston Upon Thames What do you do? Freelance sound engineer How long have you been at it? Thirteen years What was your very first role in theatre? Working in … Continue reading

Head of Sound – West End Musicals

Show Sound Team Email No. 1 Graeme Asher No. 1 Digby Shaw No. 1 Jamie Taylor No. 1 Adrian Cobey No.1 Leigh Davies No. 1 Paul Allen No.2 Owen Visser No. 3 Dan Evans No. 1 Simon Fox No. 2 Laura Cordey No. 1 Laurie Kirby No. 1 Mike Thacker No. 1 Rob Summers No. 2 Monkey No. 3Natasha Kirby warhorsesoundlondon@gmail No. 1 Simon Sayer No. 1 “H” No. 2 Daniel Higgott Please post your thoughts below…

Rob Summers – Head of Sound – Priscilla

Rob Summers | Sound Engineer | Sound Designer Rob Summers started his career on the musical CATS at the New London Theatre back in 1986. Since then he has worked on numerous shows including Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia, Les Misérables, Beautiful and Damned, My Fair Lady and The King and I. Rob Summers has been a production engineer on Buddy, Summer Holiday, Scrooge the Musical, Re-Arranged and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), West Side Story and Annie the Musical. Rob Summers was also Sound Designer on Richard O’Brien’s The Stripper, Tommy Steele, In Concert (UK Tour), Michael … Continue reading

Audio Engineer – What is a Sound Engineer

Sound Engineer – What are they? Anyone who knows a sound engineer would say they do sweet FA. They swan around making themselves look busy. But in realitly they are the guys and gals that work backstage making sure all the sound equipment work for bands, theatre, TV corporate gigs and the like so people like you can hear. A Sound Engineer is responsible for what the audience hears. Depending on where they work, they may: plan recording sessions with producers and artists. operate equipment for recording, mixing and sequencing. balancing and adding effects. position microphones. They record onto a … Continue reading

Aiden Cloney – Number 2 Sound Engineer

This was taken from the Priscilla On Stage Website – We are in charge of all the backstage sound, the radio mics, the pit, the on stage sound and the general running of the sound elements in the backstage area. Then for 4 shows a week I do the mixing of the show from the sound desk at the back of the stalls. We run off the dialogue and music clues, but in certain sound situations like the bus breaking down we are cued from cue lights by the assistant stage manager. This is so the sound effect, the … Continue reading

All New People by Zach Braff

Zach Braff aka JD in Scrubs and All New People A few years back I got into the TV show Scrubs starring Zach Braff (All New People). It’s a great little hospital comedy that makes you laugh and cry all in 20 minutes. A few days back I put in the sound system for Zach Braff’s new play All New People. All New People is Zach’s debut into playwriting. All New People is based in a beach house on Long Beach Island, New Jersey in snowy Winter. Zach Braff’s character Charlie finds himself interrupted by an English estate agent (Eve … Continue reading

Audio-Technica ATH M50 – Headphones Review

Audio Technica ATH M50 – Are they worth the Money? I used the Audio Technica ATH M50 headphones on a show last year. They were not bad. They do look a little plasticy but they are solid. Even though they were very comfortable and did isolate well, I did find I had to push them onto my ear when I was trying to PLF (Pre Fade Listen) the band. I must admit to liking the bottom end in these headphones. They have a lovely uncoloured detailed sound. Being a sound engineer, I never have to buy headphones, the production company … Continue reading