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Beginner’s Guide to Live Sound Setup & Mixing

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    Tutorial 1

    Important Guidelines

    2:36

    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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    Tutorial 2

    Introduction to Live Sound

    2:28

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

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    Tutorial 3

    Power (Will I Overload the Circuit?)

    4:23

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

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    Tutorial 4

    Where Do I Put My Speakers?

    4:40

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

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    Tutorial 5

    The Best Stage Layout

    8:41

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

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    Tutorial 6

    How to Aim Any Speaker

    1:52

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

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    Tutorial 7

    Signal Flow & Gain Staging

    6:46

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

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    Tutorial 8

    Verification

    9:37

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

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    Tutorial 9

    System EQ

    5:34

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

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    Tutorial 10

    Setting Up Your Board

    7:32

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

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    Tutorial 11

    Sound Check

    13:59

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

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    Tutorial 12

    Showtime

    3:37

    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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    Tutorial 13

    Load Out

    1:32

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

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!

DeWayne552
Submitted 1 month ago

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.

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MusicTech
Submitted 3 months ago

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.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro, Studio One

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Lambada
Submitted 3 months ago

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.

I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Reaper

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Over the last 14 years Nathan Lively has lived in Austin, Denton, New York City, Lisbon, Bratislava, Berkeley, and Oakland, and has worked in recording studios, concert venues, theaters, and outdoor festivals. He has dedicated himself to revealing the most helpful strategies and information regarding live sound and pro audio.

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    Beginner’s Guide to Live Sound Setup & Mixing

    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.

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Beginner’s Guide to Live Sound Setup & Mixing is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 3.
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