I provide freelance audio services to the Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area. I specialize in theatrical sound design, and front of house engineering / live sound mixing for small bands and musicians. I have the capability to do some recording work as well (singer-songwriter, voiceover, and multi-track performance recording). I also have a small PA system available for rent comprising of 2 main speakers (QSC K12.2), 24 channel digital mixer, various mics, and up to 4 IEM monitors - great for grad/birthday parties, corporate events, gatherings, music gigs, etc.
Price Range: $45 - $300, Negotiable on case-by-case basis.
Gig Length: 60 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
I have experience mixing for bands with a traditional setup (ie drums, guitar, bass, keys and vocals) but I'm very flexible to accommodate a variety of configurations.
I do have a limited amount of my own equipment available, but I have used a variety of other equipment and mixers (passive and active speakers, analogue and digital mixers from a variety of manufacturers). I'd be more than comfortable operating any additional equipment you have such as mics, mixers, PA speakers & amps, etc... so you can focus on your performance.
I also have the ability to record the performance (up to 32 channels multitrack depending on the setup) so you can mix it later on.
If you have any questions or are interested in hiring me, feel free to call, text, or email me. If you would like to rent any of my sound equipment for your event, we can talk about any additional fees. Fees are negotiable on a case-by-case basis. This fee covers travel, the use of all of my equipment (when applicable), my time, and a full multitrack recording that I will deliver to you on a flash drive post-show if you desire. Please let me know ahead of time if you would like a recording so I can get a flash drive (no extra charge).
Depending on the venue, house and/or monitor sound equipment & speakers may or may not be available. I will check with the venue ahead of time and see about the equipment situation. I will use what I own if necessary, and if any additional equipment is needed I am happy to come up with a quote for rentals from a few local sound companies.
I am currently a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis , and I hail from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. In my free time, I love to design sound for theater and be involved with a variety of audio related projects. I started in sound eight years ago before high school volunteering at my church, and I was hooked immediately. I continued with it in high school where I started working specifically in the theatrical environment as a part of Starlight Productions of the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, MN. This is a relatively small high school, and as a result it was often either just myself or one other person working in the sound department for any given show. I am grateful for all of the experience I gained through working a variety of different jobs ranging from designer to engineer to technician working during the shows. At Washington University, I have filled mostly a design role for shows, and as a result I have grown significantly in my ability to craft great sound designs, as well as hone my skills in engineering and mixing musicals and other shows / events.
My philosophy of sound design always centers around the telling of the story on stage. Of course, each show varies wildly in this regard, and so too does the needs of its soundscape. I believe that sound should avoid being the focus, while at the same time always being present in some way, shape or form - even in the form of silence. Sound can be a powerful tool to emphasize certain moments and captivate an audience without them even realizing it, and I strive to craft soundscapes which help bring the story to life.
Between theater shows I also serve as a freelance live sound engineer / FOH technician for small bands, musicians, theaters, and houses of worship in the greater Twin Cities and St. Louis metro areas. While at WashU in St. Louis, I designed sound for the Performing Arts Department working in both the A.E. Hotchner studio and Edison Theatre spaces. I have also worked with All Student Theatre, and Thyrsus student theater groups as a sound designer and audio consultant. I also designed sound for TLT Productions in St. Louis.
I also have a background in mixing bands. In St. Louis I was an on-call sound engineer for the Tin Roof Bar, as well as mixing WashU's Retina Burn concert for three years with bands 8 Dollars Off and Uncle Albert. In Minnesota I have volunteered as a sound technician for St. Thomas Beckett Church in Eagan, and I have worked several times with Last Aura and The Full Deck Band as their sound engineer.
Additional Booking Notes
The following is the PA equipment that I own. This (in part or in full) is available for an additional fee if you would like to use it.
+ Behringer X32 Core mixing unit (up to 24 in, 16 out with stage boxes)
+ Behringer SD8 and SD16 digital stage boxes
+ 200' Cat5e snake cable (effective 175' between FOH and stage position)
+ Ability to have 4 In Ear monitor mixes via (3) P16-M monitor mixers and 1 stereo aux mix controlled by smart phone or tablet. (4) Shure SE-215 earphones available. I do NOT own any monitor wedges.
+ (3) Sennheiser EW100-G1 wireless microphones (body pack style). Can be used as lav mics or wireless instrument mics.
+ (2) QSC K12.2 2000W powered loudspeakers + (2) Gator Frameworks 81" stands\
+ (6) Microphone stands [5 full sized, 1 for bass drum / guitar cabs]
+ (1) Shure SM-57 dynamic microphone
+ (1) Nady SP-4C dynamic microphone
+ (1) Audix OM7 dynamic microphone
+ (4) BLUE Encore200 active dynamic vocal microphones
+ (1) BLUE Yeti Pro 4-pattern condenser microphone
+ (1) BLUE Bluebird cardioid condenser microphone
+ (1) BLUE Baby Bottle cardioid condenser microphone
+ (16) 50' XLR cables for inputs
+ (4) 50' XLR cables for outputs / mains
+ Various other cables, adapters, and connectors for specialized inputs, laptop/ipod, etc.
+ Either dedicated FOH position or space for a FOH position with adequate power close by, sight line to the stage and fair coverage of PA speakers, and a table / surface for the mixer.
+ 1 15 Amp circuit for FOH equipment (ideally isolated from any other equipment such as lights, musical instruments/amps, coffee makers, refrigerators, etc)
+ 1 15 Amp circuit for powered speakers (if portable), N/A if established house system.
Mixing Console (analogue or digital), sufficient channel count for band.
Copper snake -OR- digital snake for inputs/outputs from stage to FOH position
1 15A circuit FOH (ideally isolated)
1 15A circuit for powered PA speakers (if applicable), ideally isolated from other equipment
Adequate microphones for band
Adequate peripheral equipment (mic stands, mic clips, etc) for band
Monitor system (speakers, amps, cables) if necessary
System Processing (if mixing console is analogue). [House GEQ, Monitor GEQs minimum. ]
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