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Beginner’s Guide to Live Sound Setup & Mixing

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    Important Guidelines (2:36)


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    Introduction to Live Sound (2:28)


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    Power (Will I Overload the Circuit?) (4:23)


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    Where Do I Put My Speakers? (4:40)


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    The Best Stage Layout (8:41)


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    How to Aim Any Speaker (1:52)


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    Signal Flow & Gain Staging (6:46)


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    Verification (9:37)


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    System EQ (5:34)


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    Setting Up Your Board (7:32)


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    Sound Check (13:59)


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    Showtime (3:37)


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    Load Out (1:32)


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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DeWayne552
Submitted 9 months 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 11 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 11 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
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