Kent MargravesManager, Midwest at Meyer Sound & FOH Mixer/Coach at Elevation Church
Kent Margraves earned a B.S. in Music Theory and has been mixing audio for over 30 years. He’s made a career of managing the delicate blend of art and science that is front-of-house sound. He’s worked with a long list of notable artists and venues across the globe, and has led hundreds of audio seminars and workshops, as well as authored various articles and white papers. Also, Margraves served as a worship audio director for nearly a decade and has worked as Applications Specialist with Sennheiser, Digidesign, and Waves, and now manages the Midwestern U.S. at Meyer Sound. Along the way, he’s continued to mix FOH and coach at his home church, Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, for more than 13 years.
Critical Listening for FOH Mixers
Even with recent technological advancements, our ear/brain system remains the most complex and powerful mixing tool we have—but it must be developed. This session will focus on listening skills and ear training in the role of FOH mixing in worship environments and discuss techniques and ideas for critical listening development. We’ll audition several music samples for exercise and discussion.
This session focuses on live mixers, but is equally valuable to worship leaders and musicians. Questions are welcome.
– How do I know by listening whether compression, equalization, or other processing is needed or should be removed?
– Encourage development of deeper listening skills through practice and ear training
– Practice listening live in context (artistically, musically) while simultaneously listening to extreme detail (technically, scientifically), and make proper mix decisions on the fly.
– Discuss workflows for preparing to mix by developing target sounds through rehearsal, virtual sound checking, and even casual listening.