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SIS Learning Series: Learn to run a PA system

When you learned to play guitar, piano, and sing, chances are you didn't take lessons on how to run a mixer board. And yet, here you are running an open mic or showcase and using a PA system. Why not take an afternoon and learn a little theory and practical knowledge about running sound in a live venue?


This class is aimed at those with little knowledge of running house sound. We will cover the basics of sound from what it is and how it is reproduced to how signal flows through a mixer board. We will talk about amplification, microphones, filters, and even a little about effects. We will concentrate on attaining proper signal levels while avoiding feedback and distortion. Much of the content overlaps with recording in a studio as well, though this will not be our main focus.


Leaving this seminar, you should be able to confidently connect and operate a PA system and operate a studio mixing board without fear.

We will be meeting in Room 3 of the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

********* UPDATE: There is a flea market happening same place same day. Parking will be an issue. COME EARLY to get parking. ***************









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  • Elsa

    This was SO helpful! Now I feel confident that I could run sound for a small event (with a bit of practice).

    May 20, 2014

  • Lisacraze

    Such a fascinating class. I've always wondered what the heck all those knobs on a mixing board are for. And we were firing questions at Griffin like a pack of wolves starved for a meal. And he handled all of it like a master. Thank you!

    May 19, 2014

  • Griffin

    The word document for the handout has been added to the Files section of this website. Look under the More heading. The file is titled Mixing Board Essentials2

    May 19, 2014

  • Griffin

    Went reasonably well once we got past the fact that out room was double booked and we needed to move upstairs to another venue. Thanks everyone for being so understanding.

    May 19, 2014

  • Leslie V.

    Griffin - Thank you for a great presentation and demystifying the mixing board. Especially helpful is understanding how setting the Trim correctly can remedy most PA problems.

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Robert E.

    Excellent presentation. I learned a lot and feel that I would be able to work a mixer. I would recommend this class very highly.

    May 17, 2014

  • Tim D.

    Great job, Griffin. Handout was terrific. Once we started talking about Trim, it all started to make sense. Think this should be required for all hosts

    May 17, 2014

  • David G.

    My apologies for missing this event.

    May 17, 2014

  • Nicole

    Great topic! Definitely have been desiring this kind of info!

    April 30, 2014

    • Griffin

      Since you removed your RSVP, you may want to coordinate with Dan and join the private class to be scheduled soon.

      May 16, 2014

  • Leslie V.

    I am setting up a home studio and this will help me use it!

    May 16, 2014

    • Griffin

      Indeed. This will be most helpful for running a mixer board in live or studio applications. We will concentrate on live applications, but almost everything is the same in the studio. Are you going to RSVP?

      May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would LOVE to attend this but will be selling goatmilk and beer soap at the Kirkland Spring Craft Show. Would like to see this one presented a second time if possible.

    April 29, 2014

    • Griffin

      If it goes well, I will gladly present again. Or bring a sixer and a few bars of your awesome soap (I ran out) to my place and I will give you a private class. We could invite a few others, have a quick class, and then jam on the deck. :)

      May 14, 2014

  • Griffin

    I just found out that there will be a flea market happening at the same location on the same day, so try to arrive early to get parked.
    We will be starting promptly at 1:00

    May 14, 2014

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