An Introduction To The Passion of Live Sound

by Alex Benn

Fate would have it that I’m writing my first post while looking from the window of an Air Canada flight back from London, England. It makes me feel like I’m one of those well travelled and slightly quirky entrepreneur types you read stories about. In reality, I’m based in Ottawa, Canada and support a variety of sound and AV ventures here. My name is Alex Benn, live sound consultant and purveyor of all things to do with how sound and audio equipment behaves in your real world/space/church/studio… 

My goal here is to do my absolute best to explain the practical and relevant concepts that we as sound engineers, integrators, production directors, and designers are faced with every day. But I want to convey it all in a way that your techies at a local church, music venue or meeting space will understand. To give them the knowledge to tackle the challenges that I know (because I’m the guy they call) these places all undeniably face.

Maybe you’re wondering, “why should I read what this guy is writing? What does he know?” Well after working as an assistant at a hidden gem, but certainly big-ticket studio called The Signal Path (, I quickly wore in my boots freelancing for a variety of production and AV companies in the region. I’ve handled sound broadcasts, church services, you name it.
Currently, I spend my days at Wall Sound in Ottawa, as their service manager. I’ve also taken on what is called a “Portable Church” in vibrant Westboro called Westvillage Church in Ottawa. I like to keep up my chops mixing concerts at Carleton University in the evening. Between these places, I get to continually learn, design, experience, and teach all aspects of how sound and sound systems work.

Well enough about me, I’m sure through these entries you’ll get to know me, but lets get on to the fun stuff (I call it fun, some people think I have a strange definition of fun). I’m off to help a few churches next week with problems they’ve been having with their BOSE automated mixing equipment. Maybe I’ll fill in a post about that?

Thanks for reading! – Alex Benn