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Oct 1, 2012 9:00 AM, Mix, By Barbara Schultz

New Opportunities in Live Sound Show Production


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David Coyle


David Coyle, Full Sail Class of 2001

System Engineer and Monitor Engineer, Clair Global

Coming out of Full Sail, I got hired by Clair Showco, starting as a P.A. tech. My day-to-day responsibilities at first were bringing gear in, running power cable, plugging speakers in, placing amplifiers, learning how to repair amplifiers, learning how to repair speakers and electrical cable. You start with the most basic functions. From P.A. tech, normally you become an A2, or what we call a monitor assist. Then you start to work with electronics and computers a little bit more—learning how to actually operate consoles, so you need a lot of computer skills. You also now have the added responsibility of taking care of a monitor engineer, and helping to take care of the artist. After that, you move to the A1 position, which is system engineer. As a system engineer, I now have crewmembers reporting to me. I split the majority of my time between being a system engineer and a monitor engineer.

When I went to Full Sail, I had already been running a small production company, but I wanted to learn how to do my job correctly. When you’re learning in the clubs, you get a lot of information, but not all of it is going to be right. Full Sail corrected what I needed to know about signal flow, electronics, and proper day-to-day functions of audio gear.

Since coming to Clair, one of the things I’m very proud of is, I was system engineer and crew chief on the U2 360 tour. I also really loved working for Lionel Richie. I mixed monitors for System of a Down for quite some time. I was system engineer for Prince. In live sound, you need to be open to how diverse the industry is, and to the different cultures that go along with that. I once literally went from monitor assistant for Godsmack for 23 months right into mixing monitors for the Moody Blues. I was of average age on Godsmack, and I was the youngest person on the Moody Blues gig. You have to be open to that, and be willing to do anything that needs to be done. The more skills you have, the more you’re going to work.

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