The Black Girl’s Guide to Live Mixing: Understanding the Art of Live Sound Engineering as a Woman of Color
This portfolio displays the processes of understanding basics of live sound through the personal experiences of a novice technician. Through observing how live sound is conducted within a male-dominated field, this project caters to marginalized audiences eager to learn live sound reinforcement with limited resources. With individual research, and partial supervision under the Berklee Production Team (BPT), the objectives presented explore the use of mixing boards, signal flow, set-up and more. This knowledge will be utilized by showcasing a live sound vlog series that includes 4-6 beginner tutorials, providing accessible knowledge to a diverse target market typically under-served within this field. A lack of live sound experience, learning terminology, equipment, and other crucial knowledge make it extremely challenging from a beginner's standpoint. However, a well-executed plan of both hands-on and technical application, engages other beginners to freely practice live sound engineering, while also supporting, and representing minorities within the field.
Valencia (Spain) Campus
live sound engineer; live mixing; live sound; sound reinforcement; women of color in live sound
Project Components: project video (.mov), report (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), portfolio (ZIP file containing 4 .mov files).
Carter, Destiny S. “The Black Girl’s Guide to Live Mixing: Understanding the Art of Live Sound Engineering as a Woman of Color.” Master's thesis, Berklee College of Music, 2020. https://remix.berklee.edu/graduate-studies-production-technology/197.