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Reliable, No-Nonsense Audio Expertise since 1990
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Are you a sound reinforcement provider, A/V staging firm or labor broker seeking an experienced audio guy to mix or put up a system for a one-off event or a tour? Or are you a band or other performer who needs a reliable soundman? Or a venue or house of worship in need of someone who can really get the best out of your PA system?

I have worked well over 1,000 shows of all types: Concerts and festivals in nearly all major music genres, religious events, corporate meetings and awards shows, fashion shows, graduation ceremonies, press conferences, association and not-for-profit functions, sports, musicals, and focus groups. Venues have ranged from intimate hotel conference rooms to vast city parks; audience sizes from 10 to 100,000. Featured entertainers have included Al DiMeola, Chick Corea, Dru Hill, David Crosby, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, and many others. I have also mixed a lot of orchestras (up to 80 pieces) and choirs (up to 1200 members - not a typo).

My corporate credits include Nordstrom, Nextel, GlaxoSmithKline, Ameritech, BASF, Ernst & Young, Wal-Mart, and many more (where I’ve worked general sessions and breakouts). Political events have included White House functions for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as press conferences for various state and local politicians and other VIPs.

I am literate with line arrays and traditional “trap” speaker systems, analog and digital consoles and system processing, IP-based system control, and wireless audio. Also, I pride myself on my positive, can-do attitude, my supervisory and team skills, and ability to quickly learn new systems and adapt to different ways of doing things.

Here are some photos from just a very small (and random) sampling of shows I've worked (click on photos to enlarge):

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Downlink for Nextel, January 2004, in suburban Chicago.

American Association for Vascular Surgery at McCormick Place in Chicago, June 2003

FOH for AAVS, June 2003

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Mix position (FOH) for a POTUS speech at UPS in Chicago, May 13, 2002. The DDA 16x8 console here was perfect for this gig, since I had a fairly small input list, but a lot of outputs, because of press feeds, an emergency back up PA, and various mix-minus signals I had to exchange with the White House Communications guys, who brought some additional audio gear.

A speaker tower and mix position for a 2003 4th of July fireworks show in Lockport, IL. The only audio source was playback; the two wireless handheld mics were for emergency use.

Rear view of speaker tower from 2003 fireworks show.

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A low-rider car show at Cicero's Hawthorne racetrack, June 2001. I mixed monitors for the acts that kicked off the show. This is what I saw when I did an about-face from the monitor console. Sadly still photos don't even begin to portray the action, which sometimes resulted in sparks, smoke, shattered glass and suspension parts flying off the cars! (Months of hard, expensive work ruined in a minute...)

Stage for the 5/13/02 POTUS speech. The PA is an Apogee ALA-5 line array, 5 boxes per side, QSC powered. We had to cover a space roughly 350' deep; this PA probably threw about 250' before dropping off noticeably.

And this is my monitor mix position for the car show. Those are Klark-Teknik DN27 EQs - with octal socket transformers that liked to fall out in the truck!

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