Dave Natale

A visit with legendary mixer Dave Natale

Legendary Front of House Mixer Dave Natale spent a week in April 2021 with The Blackbird Academy students. As one of the most influential and…


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The Blackbird Academy: A Crash Course

The Blackbird Academy: A Crash CourseSo, you might be dreaming of playing a part in the moment of sheer electricity that happens when a vocalist hits…


Mix Magazine

ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER

Our Institutional Director and President, John McBride, is featured in this month’s issue of “Mix” (December 2017).  Some great insight here on live…


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Fundamentals of Live Mixing

The name of the game is sound reinforcement. When it comes to successful and great-sounding live mixes, it is important to remember that the name of…


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Outside the Box Inside the Room: Using Reverb in Your Live Mixes

"Every room I have mixed a show in has had its own ambience, it's own signature tone."   Many things make it difficult to attend a concert…


what a day in the classroom is like

A Day in the ‘Classroom’

October 3, 2016In Live, At Blackbird, StudioBy Carma DiCianniWatch these videos to check out what a day in The Blackbird Academy classroom is really…


Live sound

What it Takes to be a FOH Engineer

I believe that some people are born to great things, and that greatness is defined by a feeling you have in your heart when you are doing something…


live sound

Mixing Vocals in a Live Setting

The human voice, as an instrument, is probably the oldest, most dynamic, and sonically diverse sound source in existence. In terms of sound…


get a job in live sound

How to Get a Job in Live Sound

Okay, let’s say audio engineering has been your passion for years, and you know you want to take it to a professional level. The only issue is, the…


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Teacher Spotlight: Kyle Welch

Kyle Welch is one of our Live Sound Instructors at The Blackbird Academy. He has worked in the entertainment industry as a live sound and recording…