Enter-to-win Focal’s Latest Live Audio Mixing Book!

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Mixing a Musical

UPDATE!   Congratulations to our winner – Stephanie McCullough, Ballyclare, Northern Ireland

In celebration of the book Mixing a Musical’s release, we are giving one away!

In a recent blog post, Dave Swallow, author of Live Audio, discusses the challenges of being a live audio engineer.  Have you ever thought about the challenges that might arise when mixing a musical during a live performance!!?

Read all about it in Focal’s latest book – Mixing a Musical by Shannon Slaton.

Shannon Slaton designed the tours for Aeros, Kiss Me Kate, The Full Monty, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd, and The Wizard of Oz. His Broadway mixing experience includes A Christmas Carol, Jersey Boys, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy, and Legally Blonde. He is also the Production Soundman for The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and the U.S. National tour.

In this guide to live sound mixing for theatre, Shannon shares his expert knowledge and proven, effective techniques acquired from years of experience working on Broadway shows.

Written in a clear and easy to read style and illustrated with real world examples of personal experience and professional interviews, Shannon shows you how to mix live theatre shows from the basics of equipment, set ups, and using sound levels to creating atmosphere, emotion and tension to ensure a first rate performance every time.

Click here to read a sample chapter!

With Green Day’s success with their musical American Idiot, what artist or band’s music would you like to see featured in a musical? 

Let us know by submitting a comment and automatically be entered to win!

Submit your comment by September 30th. A winner will be chosen at random and announced on October 1st. A valid email address will be required for entry.

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Tell us what you think!


  • Charles van Kampen said on Sep 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Jamiroquai; great vibe!

  • stephanie mccullough said on Sep 19, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    i would love to see nirvana – smells like teen spirit as a musical because u could imagine the stage and atmusphere, Nirvana is part of rock’s history, and deserves to be remembered from generation to generation.

  • Mikael said on Sep 16, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    Ozzy Osbourne

  • JohnMark said on Sep 06, 2011 at 2:25 AM


  • Rev Tony Newnham said on Sep 05, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Kooks like an interesting read from the sample – and as with many audio disciplines, some of what’s said will apply equally to other fields as well. Hope I win!

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