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Mixing a Musical by Shannon Slaton

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DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THEATRICAL SOUND

The next important thing to discuss is the different levels of theatrical sound. No one starts off as a mixer on Broadway. Everyone started somewhere and worked his or her way up. The crucial point I would like to make is that it doesn’t matter what level you are at or what the budget is, the methods and goals of mixing musical theatre are always the same. We are there to help shape the emotional arc of the show. Inevitably, you will have better gear on a Broadway show than on an Off-Off Broadway show, but that doesn’t mean you treat the product any differently and it doesn’t mean you can’t still have an amazing show. One of my all-time favorite moments as a designer was working with a mixer in a small ...

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