Live Sound Engineer - FOH Engineer

I am touring as a FOH (Front Of House) live sound engineer, including extended world tours

As a live sound engineer of today, I base on the potential of the new technologies, and at the same time I rely on traditional core values of live sound engineering.
My work as a live sound engineer is made up of several components:

  • Mixing live shows of music groups and artists as their Concert Sound Engineer (FoH Engineer). With many of them in a long therm and close cooperation – relationship.
  • Rehearsing with the artist to develop sound design and live setup.
  • Production management, consulting between local production companies and artist’s production requirements.
  • Preparing technical production requirements prior a tour
  • Preparing of mix sessions at home workstation for a further treatment by a studio.

Live Sound Environment

My console choice is a Digidesign / Avid Venue Profile system. I decided for the only console that offer the software agility and hardware flexibility of employing multiple (TDM) plugins within its system.

The resulting unique artistic freedom, to be able to create an extremely high quality audio product, is absolute staggering…
Beside of that  I like to work with my own personal tools whenever it’s possible:
My currently used setup gives me the best overall package these days:

  • Venue Profile
  • Pro Tools HD to record and virtual sound check
  • WAVES Maxx BCL is a great piece to control and manipulate dynamic, low end and level of the final mix bus output.
  • A Lake Mesa Quad EQ gives me a perfect management to deliver the feeds to the PA sound system. And also D/A coversion if required
  • I use digital versions ( plug ins ) of my favorite hardware Reverbs Units, like Eventide, TC6000,…. and a lot more of classic dynamic processors / items – plug ins..
  • Smaart V.7 to monitor the frequency response and interaction ( PA system and room ) and volume ( SPL in dB(A) ) during the concert

Waves Live - Interviews & Articles

Greg Price ( FOH Engineer Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath ) Presents:
FOH Michael Spiess. Interviews & Articles WAVES 

History

Michael Spiess began as a musician, and he started out in 1992 with the audio engineering

Before he got first time his hands on a mixing console, he had to learn the basics step by step.
First as hand for rental companies in their stores, later as a stagehand on smaller productions.

Beside of that he studied audio engineer at a private institute. Technical literature, electrotechnic, acoustic, sound reinforcement technology, and others by his self-instruction.

The years after were mostly freelance jobs for rental companies, clubgigs, professional meetings for industry and media,
and small demo recordings and sound reinforcements, before his work shifted to a band’s own sound engineer…

Due to this hard path over years and a slow development, he can look back on a wide range history of the audio industry.
Today he is working with international artists, bands and groups as their live sound engineer on concerts, world wide.