Live Sound Tutorial

Beginner’s Guide to Live Sound Setup & Mixing

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    Important Guidelines

    Nathan welcomes you to the series and asks the important live sound questions such as "How does this thing work?" and "Is it for me?".

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    Introduction to Live Sound

    Nathan reveals some of the challenges in live sound and the differences compared to studio work.

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    Power (Will I Overload the Circuit?)

    Learn to compute your exact power needs for a gig and communicate it to the venue.

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    Where Do I Put My Speakers?

    Nathan shows you how to place your speakers for best audience coverage.

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    The Best Stage Layout

    Learn to set up the stage so that everyone is happy and you can do your job effectively.

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    How to Aim Any Speaker

    Nathan covers how to aim your speakers to improve isolation and reduce overlapping coverage.

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    Signal Flow & Gain Staging

    Learn to route signal from a microphone to a speaker correctly, and how to set your levels for optimal operation.

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    Learn how to make sure that all of your inputs and outputs are arriving on schedule.

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    System EQ

    Nathan explores how to balance the level and frequency response of your sound system in the room by ear.

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    Setting Up Your Board

    Learn to set up your mixing console for quick operation under stress.

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    Sound Check

    Nathan reveals an upside down sound check procedure for improved efficiency when on the job.

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    Nathan shows you how to learn to trust your instincts, take notes, and mix from the stage, getting a good sound every time.

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    Load Out

    Nathan gives you one last easy trick to speed up your live sound growth and learning.

Product Overview

Sound Engineer pro Nathan Lively is your guide when starting your live sound journey! Learn all the important basics and more, so you can take your analog or digital PA system and set it up correctly, doing your first live sound gig or your own band’s sound with success.

Nathan begins by welcoming you and asking the important questions about live sound, then reveals some of the challenges and differences in live sound compared to studio work.

Next, Nathan starts at the beginning, covering how to compute your exact power needs for a gig, and then communicate it to the venue, so they can provide adequate power and not have any blow outs!

Speaker placement, stage layout, and speaker aim are then all covered in-detail, followed by signal flow and gain staging. These foundational steps are so important to having a great live sound event without feedback or other issues.

Nathan then goes into EQ for the overall system, setting up your analog or digital mixer, having a successful sound check with the band, how to adjust things during the show and much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re a beginner looking to get into live sound for either your band or becoming a “sound guy”, this is the place to start. Learn all the important live sound basics and more… Watch “Beginner’s Guide to Live Sound Setup & Mixing” today!

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Beginner’s Guide to Live Sound Setup & Mixing is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 8 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from very helpful cleared up some things and some things I have been doing backwards
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This was Extremely Helpful! Would definitely recommend this to someone who is just a "newbee" at P.A. Differentiation between live and studio was invaluable! Made me forget about stereo and gave me a logical plan in dealing with new situations in set up! Used both analogue and digital in the explanations. Thanks heaps to the guys who produced this! Really appreciated!
Date published: 2020-02-23
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Helpful video, definitely worth a watch for basic outlines This video helped me, I would have liked to see more on bus architecture use, for sending level to monitor and mixing in groups when available to help keep a quicker control over the mix once chaos starts. Also would have been nice to talk about how saved scenes could translate and be refined for ease of set up for future gigs, approaches and so on. maybe a follow up series?
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good beginner's guide, very pragmatic good beginner's guide, very pragmatic
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Great info, a mine of gold right here !! He put emphasis on the objective of a live sound set up, that is to get an even sound on the room and not a stereo mix for a few ones
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good and basic. Maybe a little more on vocal monitors. Sounded good to the artist in the beginning, then during the show the trim had to be brought down some. The artist complains loosing monitor some. The problem stems from the artist not giving an appropriate vocal level during song check.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good Course There are some really good tips in this course and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in live sound reinforcement especially since this is one of the very few courses that covers this topic.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from An excellent series Technically sound but approachable and not overwhelming. I found it very useful to me as a one man band. I assume it would also be very useful for bands where a band member or friend is mixing in house.
Date published: 2017-12-06
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