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…


Joshua Hughes Front of House

Joshua Hughes

BBA Live Sound Engineering Graduate Joshua Hughes is currently mixing monitors for both Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies 🔥 . Josh started with…


Angela Pagnetti at the console

Angela Pannitti

ClassApril 2017ProgramLive Sound JobLive Sound Engineer2017 BBA Grad Angela Pannitti is a live sound engineer and tech for Mid Coast Sound, a firm…


Jason Harris

Jason Harris

ClassSeptember 2018ProgramLive Sound JobFOH EngineerMeet Jason Harris, a September 2018 BBA Live Sound graduate. Jason is currently a front of house…


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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…


Diego in the studio

Alumni Profile: Diego Ruelas

Some of you have asked what The Blackbird Academy alumni have been doing since graduation. While we’ve only been in…


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A Day In The Studio

Have you ever wondered how a day runs at a major recording studio? For all the high-end clients at Blackbird Studio, it all starts before the band…


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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…