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Nathan Lively
Works at Sound Design Live
Attended City College Of New York
Lives in Oakland, CA
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I've been super busy on the circus, but managed to compile some of my best notes on the SD5 over the past couple of months.
Having problems with your Digico Optocore system? Here are some emergency SD5 Optocore procedures that could save your ass.
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Last day to sign up for Pro Audio Workshop: Seeing Sound with a $100 discount.
Insider Secrets to Quickly and Effectively Maximize Sound System Tuning In Any Room with Nathan Lively ⇒ Improve your confidence and consistency ⇒ Get more freelance work ⇒ Have more fun! Enroll Today Already after the very first lesson, I can tell you that the course is worth every penny. I love all the input from other members, both …
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OK, OK, speaker aim is important, but doesn't it take a lot of time??
Here's a quick method...
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This was super helpful. Thank you!
Rogue Amoeba has added a hidden feature to Audio Hijack 3.2.3 that allows users to monitor themselves with no perceptible delay while recording. This is particularly useful for podcasters, as it allows them to record
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NEW POST!

How has Heatherlyn booked back-to-back tours since graduation?
By positioning herself as a stage manager and lighting technician combo. Oh, and she can drive a truck like boss.
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It helps that she's extraordinarily gifted in both arenas and has a strong work ethic. Miss you both!
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The truth is that you can't just hide behind your microphone or your computer. You have to pick up the freaking phone and talk to people. -Alan Brymer

Listen to interview here -> http://sounddesignlive.com/sound-design-live-podcast-episode-60-content-marketing-strategy-freelance-audio-engineers-alan-brymer/
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Let's take a look at how much people are charging for podcast production:

$997/month - Seth Greene
$1,347/month - Producer Nick
$697/month - Small Business Podcasting
$747/month - Pro Podcast Solutions

Of course, each of those businesses offers a different level of service, but most of them produce about 4 podcasts per month. Let's estimate that as 20 hours a week, max. If you have a $1000/month contract, that means that the mid-range rate for podcast production is about $50/hour. Pretty good, right?

The best part of adding podcast production to your audio toolbox is that you don't need to physically meet with the client, so you can do it from your home studio or on the road around the rest of your schedule. You might not get enough clients to fill your schedule immediately, but wouldn't it be nice to have even one client at $1,000/month?

This work isn't difficult compared to what you normally do. You're daily mixing dozens of phase-aligned tracks together with meticulous scores and cues. We're talking about two mics recorded over Skype, here.

So why am I trying to talk you into offering podcast services?

I'm not. I just want you to be aware of it, because it's an opportunity to find work that you love beyond mixing rock bands. ;)

IMPORTANT: Although production for most podcasts is fairly easy, the true value that you offer the client is your input about how they can use their podcast to reach their business or personal goals. That's why I interviewed Craig Hewitt from Podcast Motor: to get you started off on the right foot. We get into some insider knowledge that will be worth big bucks to your clients.

-Nathan

PS. If you missed the launch of Pro Audio Workshop: Seeing Sound earlier this week, there's still time to join before the course starts. Learn more here.
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How to start offering podcast production services to your clients by Sound Design Live
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Over the last few days, I've received a ton of questions about Pro Audio Workshop: Seeing Sound...

Q. What if I can't make a scheduled lesson?
A. I know that life sometimes gets in the way of our carefully-crafted schedules, so I plan to record every lesson and make the recordings available to you, so you can watch them (and re-watch them) at your convenience.

Q. I'm a bit concerned about the fact that I know virtually nothing about sound system tuning, and that I have zero hardware for the job (mic, RTA, etc). Won't this hold me back?
A. Don't worry you're in good hands! We start with the basics, like discovering coverage patterns and speaker aim for best gain before feedback, before we jump into measurement. Each lesson in the training builds on the one before, which makes things easy to understand, even for those who don't have a high level of knowledge or experience.

Q. Is there a recording of the webinar?
A. Yes, there is! You can watch it here - http://buff.ly/1TNL0SQ

Q. Does "$100 off" mean $97 minus $100?
A. Haha, No! To be clear, the full price for the course is $197 (which is still a bargain). But for a limited time, I'm offering you a $100 discount until April 14, which means you can gain all of the benefits of this training for just $97.

Q. What do you mean by "pilot course?"
A. A "pilot course" simply means that this is the maiden voyage. You'll be a beta tester, on the bleeding edge. It also means that you pay a discounted price in exchange for giving me feedback during the course. But don't think for a second that the content is untested or just thrown together, it's not, it simply means that I haven't presented the material in this type of "online" setting before. I usually present this training in live settings or work directly with individual clients, to help them uplevel their business.

With this training, we're doing it in a small group environment, which I believe will prove to be superior, because it incorporates peer feedback as well. We all learn and grow from the experience of each other.

So, are you ready to join us?

If you're ready to take what you've learned to the next level and master the art of sound system tuning, now is the time to enroll, because the limited registration window is closing fast.

http://buff.ly/1TNLc4y -> Enroll now and save $100 (link expires in 24 hours)

If you still have questions, I'm just a reply away!
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I am relaunching Pro Audio Workshop: Seeing Sound. Ka-pow!

If you want to find out more, I'm doing a live Q&A today at 11AM PT. ---Convert to your timezone -http://buff.ly/1MlqfMU

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:http://buff.ly/1MlqfMX

Or Telephone:
Dial: +1 415 762 9988 (US Toll) or +1 646 568 7788 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 918 021 5192 
International numbers available:http://buff.ly/1MlqfMY
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Here's the recording - https://youtu.be/swcy0sfhSjo
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NEW POST!
Wondering if you should join the union?
Curious about what an opera sound engineer does?
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NEW POST!

For better or worse, pro audio is based on personal referral. You can complain about it, or master it.

#freelance #networking #referral
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Isn't everyone supposed to have a blog these days?
I was surprised that Alan said, "No, there are more important things to do first.
1) Do great work.
2) Have a networking and referral strategy."

This opened my eyes to the difference between one-to-one and one-to-many marketing strategies. We get into all of that in the interview.

#seo #contentmarketing #strategy
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  • City College Of New York
    Music with a concentration in technology, 2000 - 2003
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Career Coach for Audio Professionals + A1 for VIP Corporate Events + Podcast Consultant for Small Businesses + Author
Introduction
I work with smart audio entrepreneurs, sound engineers, sound designers, and AV technicians who want ONE thing:

★To build a lifelong career in audio that they can be proud of.★

Here's what my clients are saying:

"I  got a job at a festival and even started dating a girl I really like! Nathan is not only interested in my success as a professional, but also in my happiness as a human being, and I think that is invaluable."​ –Martim Cunha Rego, Lisbon, Portugal

"I followed the advice you gave and things have been great. I’ve been doing freelance work and sound for a local bar. I got an internship at a local studio and I’m also working for some IMDB credits doing post. I’ve decided to become financially independent and throwing myself out there has gotten me what I needed." –Shannon Webster
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I speak Portuguese!
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Occupation
Career Coach for Audio Professionals + A1 for VIP Corporate Events + Podcast Consultant for Small Businesses + Author
Skills
sound engineering, audio engineering, song writing, guitar, keyboard
Employment
  • Sound Design Live
    Podcast Consultant for Small Businesses, 2011 - present
    This is a complete marketing solution to meet your business goals. I’ll do all of the dirty work and meet you on the other side with a performance report. Podcasting has never been this easy.
  • Sound Design Live
    Author, 2011 - present
    I have a passion for audio and have worked hard to find a place in the industry. Along the way I have talked to as many sound engineers and sound designers as I could, and in 2011 I began documenting those conversations in the form of a podcast. This eBook includes the best parts of those podcasts, with great information on audio technology and valuable advice on education and jobs.
  • Sound Design Live
    Career Coach for Audio Professionals, 2011 - present
    A breakthrough coaching program to turn your passion for audio into a kick-ass career. Intention: ✓ Get booked solid ✓ Earn $4,000/month ✓ Love your work - 35 sound engineers interviewed (Ken “Pooch” Van Druten with LinkIn Park, Bob McCarthy from Meyer Sound, and Dave Swallow from La Roux) - 110,000+ plays on SoundCloud - 90+ articles in Pro Sound News Europe, LinkedIn, and Sound Design Live.
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Oakland, CA
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Berkeley, CA - Lisbon, Portugal - Bratislava, Slovakia - Smithville, TX - Austin, TX - New York City, NY - Berkeley, CA
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