The SOS Guide to Live Sound: Optimizing Your Band's Live-Performance Audio from Focal Press is a book by Paul White designed to help you create the best live sound possible. If you've ever handled live sound, you know the recipe for creating truly high-quality results requires many steps. Your list of ingredients, shall we say, requires an understanding of sound and how it behaves, the know-how to effectively use a sound system), and the knowledge to choose and use your gear well. Add a dash of miking ability, then stir in a pinch of thinking on your feet for when your system starts to hum or the vocals start to feed back, and mix.
In practice, there really is no "recipe" for creating a quality performance. Instead, musicians and engineers who effectively use sound systems have a wealth of knowledge that informs their every move before and during a live performance. You can slowly gather that knowledge over years of live performance, or you can speed up the process with The SOS Guide to Live Sound.
With these pages, you get practical advice that will allow you to accomplish your live-sound goals in every performance. Learn how to choose, set up, and use a live-performance sound system. Get the basics of live-sound mixing and save money by treating your gear well with a crash course in maintenance. Additionally, fix issues as they happen with a section on problem-solving, full of real-world situations. You'll also get information on stage-monitoring, both conventional and in-ear, along with the fundamentals of radio microphones and wireless mixing solutions. Finally, a comprehensive glossary of terminology rounds out this must-have reference.