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Working for a Major Touring Sound Company

Sound companies are an obvious place to start if you want to work in live sound.  From small local companies to the big players who provide sound systems for all the major concert tours. Below I talk to Taylor who works as an audio tech for one of the biggest touring sound companies in the U.S.

Tell me about your experience working for the company.

I’ve been working for the company for almost three years now, and I love it! It’s been perfect for me as an up and coming freelancer to get my feet into the industry and start making a name for myself. It’s provided me so many opportunities to meet new people and work some really awesome shows.

What are your typical duties on tour?

For most tours I’m the stage patch tech, meaning that I handle running XLRs and multipoint cables from monitor world out to the stage. I also handle placing microphones on instruments.

How long did you work for the company before doing a live show? How long before going on...

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Your First Tour

We are in the midst of summer, the height of touring season here in the US, throw some festivals on top of that and there is plenty of work to go around.

In previous blogs, I talked about how to prepare for a tour from the technical side of things.  For this blog, I am going to talk about preparing for your first tour from the practical side of things.

Before leaving home

Get yourself a passport and if you have one make sure you have enough blank pages in it and it’s not about to expire. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of a tour and find out you can’t get into Canada for example, because your passport is expired, or spend a day off at the consulate in a foreign country getting blank pages added to your passport.  

If you live in one of the states whose Driver's Licenses are not valid with TSA, you'll need a Real ID if you don't have a valid passport and plan on doing any air travel.

If you are not already a member of the major airline's frequent...

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