Sound Professionals of the World: Robert Levison
We are asking sound professionals around the world about their experiences in the industry. Here is Robert Levison based in Navarre, Florida, USA.
1. What sound console do you prefer working with? Are there any additional hardware or software programs you prefer in your setup for live shows?
MIDAS M-32 or YAMAHA M7CL or PM5D. We bring Smart Live with us.
2. What do you always have with you at your console?
A stool to sit on, console tape and a Sharpie.
3. What is the one thing in your kit that you couldn’t be without?
A multi-tool such as a Gerber. Someone is always needing something tightened.
4. What may be surprising that you don’t use?
A ton of reverb and effects.
5. Mac or PC? What is your DAW of choice?
Mac. We don’t have a DAW of choice.
6. Coffee or Tea?
7. What is your favorite genre of entertainment to work in?
Classic rock bands then jazz groups.
8. What is a sound/musical instrument grouping or combination you love working with and why?
Horn bands. Always enjoyed the tower of power horns. A good blend of horns can add so much to a band’s performance.
9. Who is an Sound Designer that you admire and respect?
10. What are the top 5 skill sets that a Sound Designer should have?
- Comprehension of the content needed for the project
- Variety of musical style knowledge
- Able to blend instruments and vocals and not sound like mud
- Ability to mix for a variety of applications
- People skills to lead a project
11. What is the best type of client/boss/director?
One that trust in your knowledge, skills and abilities.
12. Bonus Question! What advice do you have for those who want to become a sound designer or an audio engineer?
Learn your craft from the bottom up. Be patient with those teaching you and remember wrapping the cable properly is just as important as mixing the band. Does not matter if you are picking up the beer bottles left on the stage by the band or securing the load in the truck. If the task is not performed to the best of your abilities the task will never be completed.