Critical Listening

Our ear / brain listening system is still the most powerful “sound analyzer” we have, and our listening skills improve when we are intentional about developing them. We’ll talk about how we perceive sound and some techniques for ear training, and listen to a variety of audio samples and discuss what makes them great mixes – or not. We’ll focus on listening deeply from both an artistic (musical) and technical perspective and present ways we can practice this, as well as learn to recognize various mixing techniques and apply them practically in our live worship sound environments.

Attendee Takeaways

  • Tools and tips for ear training.
  • ideas and methods for preparing to mix
  • music appreciation
  • keener sense of listening deeply, and ways to continue practicing and applying this skill.
Kent Margraves

Kent Margraves

US Midwest Sales

    Kent Margraves earned a B.S. in Music Theory and has been mixing audio for over 30 years. He’s made a career of managing the delicate blend of art and science that is front-of-house sound. He’s worked with a long list of notable worship artists and venues across the globe and has led hundreds of audio seminars and workshops as well as authored various articles and white papers. Also, Margraves served as a worship audio director for nearly a decade and has worked as Applications Specialist with Sennheiser, Digidesign, and Waves, and now manages the Midwestern U.S. at Meyer Sound. Along the way, he’s continued to mix FOH and coach the multi-site SE roster at his home church, Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, for more than 13 years.

    Thursday, September 14

    Critical Listening

    9:00 - 10:00
    Exhibit Hall

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