Grammy Audio Co-Ordinator Michael Abbott On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

My guest on the podcast this week is Michael Abbott, who started in television audio doing front-of-house sound for projects like the Olympics ceremonies and the Academy Awards, to working for the major television networks as a staff mixer on a variety of shows.

Michael now heads the sound design, engineering and consulting company All Ears, where he not only co-ordinates the audio for the Grammy Awards show (he’s been doing it for 30 years), but also shows like The Voice and Shark Tank, presidential debates, and awards shows like the ESPYs, the Country Music Awards, and the Oscars.

In the interview we talked about the massiveness of the Grammy audio setup, keeping the performers on the show happy, the super-fast sound checks involved, some of the last minute problems he’s presented with, and much more.

On the intro I’ll take a look at “Black Box” money that songwriters aren’t receiving and the fight going on over it, and how a new study determined that background music can be detrimental to your concentration.

Remember that you can find the podcast at, or either on iTunesStitcherMixcloud, Google Podcasts, Google PlaySpotifyDeezer, and now RadioPublic.

Enjoy the show!

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