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Beginner’s Guide to Live Sound Setup & Mixing

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  • Important Guidelines 2:36

    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?".

  • Introduction to Live Sound 2:28

    Introduction to Live Sound

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

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

    Power (Will I Overload the Circuit?)

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

  • Where Do I Put My Speakers? 4:40

    Where Do I Put My Speakers?

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

  • The Best Stage Layout 8:41

    The Best Stage Layout

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

  • How to Aim Any Speaker 1:52

    How to Aim Any Speaker

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

  • Signal Flow & Gain Staging 6:46

    Signal Flow & Gain Staging

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

  • Verification 9:37


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

  • System EQ 5:34

    System EQ

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

  • Setting Up Your Board 7:32

    Setting Up Your Board

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

  • Sound Check 13:59

    Sound Check

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

  • 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.

  • Load Out 1:32

    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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