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Between the Lines

Between the Lines

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Between the Lines is a book about tuning sound systems for live events, but more importantly, it's a book about making decisions. Beginning with an overview of system design fundamentals, the author then shares his personal approach to sound system design and alignment, and his rationale - not only why decisions are made, but also the order in which they are made, which can have a profound effect on the resulting uniformity of the system.

Readers will learn to consider the outcomes and tradeoffs throughout the process, and the author's school of thought yields a mental framework for creating consistency, regardless of the size, scope, or scale of the sound system.

About the Author:  Michael Lawrence is a live sound engineer who specializes in designing and tuning sound systems to create consistent coverage throughout the audience. He has designed and tuned systems for Volbeat, Ghost, Danny Elfman, Miguel, NPR, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and many more.  He has published over 50 technical articles on the topic, which form the inspiration for this book.

Michael is also a Senior Instructor with Rational Acoustics, developers of industry-leading sound system analysis platform Smaart, and has published research on sound level measurement and sound exposure at live events. He has presented his work for NAMM, the Audio Engineering Society and the Event Safety Summit, and received the 2022 Safe In Sound Award for Innovation in Hearing Loss Prevention for his work with Rational Acoustics' Smaart SPL platform.