Soundcraft takes seminars to Chicago with Barry Manilow?s FOH engineer

Soundcraft’s Mixing with Professionals sessions are set to head for Chicago, as Barry Manilow’s FOH engineer Ken Newman prepares to offer attendees a unique look at his working process.

The Mixing with Professionals programme is designed to take a look at some of the tips and tricks that can be applied when using Soundcraft’s Vi Series of mixing consoles.

Currently on tour with Manilow, Newman has also mixed live sound for Chris Isaak, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks, Liza Minnelli, Paul Anka and other top performers. He began mixing sound in 1972 as a teenager and has never looked back.

Newman will give attendees formal training with plenty of hands-on time with Vi Series consoles in a classroom atmosphere. Participants who bring a USB stick will be able to save their settings and take them on the road for their next gig, or continue working on their settings using the Soundcraft Virtual Vi offline editor, which is available free on the Soundcraft website.

“I’ve had years of experience working with Soundcraft consoles,” said Newman, “and I look forward to showing attendees how to configure and mix a show using the Vi Series. During a Manilow show, it’s a very active mix and the features and ergonomics of the Vi Series offer ready access to everything—there’s nothing to slow me down or get in my way.”

The MwP sessions will be held on October 16 at Sound Marketing, 10073 S 76th Avenue, Bridgeview, Illinois, 60455. Two time slots will be available from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. The course is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited. Details are available at and participants can register via e-mail at

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