Live Sound for Musicians

with Kayla Blackburn

Tuesday, March 5, 2024


Live Sound for Musicians

  • Folk
  • In-Person Classes
  • Singer/Songwriter


Live Sound for Musicians is geared towards folks who want to learn more about sound (understanding the sound board and how to best prepare for getting on the stage!) This class will cover material about signal flow, basic live sound equipment, mic’ing techniques, equalization, compression, and how to make your sound engineer or your artist onstage have a smooth process with your sound for performances. Students will have time to experiment hands-on to see how equipment can best fit their own individual sound needs.

This class is for beginners, prior knowledge is welcome, but expect to be able to walk away with a better grasp on routing, signal flow, and best practices in live sound. 

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm on Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2 (makeup: April 9)

Please note: Limited to 12 students (16 yrs of age or older); Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 1 hour before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Kayla Blackburn

  • Singer/Songwriter

Kayla Blackburn is a freelance audio engineer and indie-folk singer-songwriter. Kayla’s expertise is in live sound, recording, and mastering engineering. She has been at Plaid Dog Recording since 2020 and has engineered numerous projects at The Record Co. She is an A1 (front-of-house engineer) at the Institute of Contemporary Art and is a freelance A1 and A2 in the Boston area. Artists/Clients she has worked with include: Anjimile, Biitchseat, Ella McDonald, Oprah, Aroof Aftab, Fabiola Mendez, autumnal, and the NAACP.

As a songwriter, Kayla draws inspiration from artists like Patty Griffin and Tracy Chapman, with her captivating folk songs that pull you in and remind you of the profound, yet painful human experience. With her songs about hope and justice, she strives to promote radical change through art. Her musical background prior to her education at Berklee College of Music (B.M. 2021, Music Production & Engineering), was primarily classical voice training. Her background as a vocalist has made her passionate about choral music and vocal production, exploring the intersection of choral arrangements and technology.

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