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Mixing Live Sound

via CreativeLive


Mixing Live Sound can be one of the most daunting tasks for any engineer. In this class, Zach Varnell will walk you through the entire live sound production workflow, from loading in a PA and rigging and flying speakers to soundcheck and mixing on the fly.

In this class, you will get to see an entire day of load-in from Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party along with a complete breakdown of a live sound production workflow and interviews with some of the country's top touring live sound engineers. 
You will learn:

  • Scaleable components of a live sound PA
  • Power distribution and management
  • Tuning speakers with a SMART system and FFT analysis
  • Mic Placement and tips for an effective soundcheck
  • Mixing front of house
  • Mixing for stage monitors and in-ears

We'll also walk through a live mix setup and interview with two touring engineers from their FOH mix position: Adam Jackson and Andy Frost (FOH and Monitor engineers for Christina Perri) and Shane Bardiau (Twenty One Pilots).

Whether you are a working live sound engineer and just want to brush up on some core concepts or you are a new engineer looking to get into live sound production, this is the place to learn all about live sound in one location.


  • Class Introduction
  • Power and Electricity
  • Power Distribution
  • Grounding and Ground Loops
  • Powering Speakers
  • Signal and Power Cables
  • Patching, Snakes and IO
  • Loudspeakers
  • Mixing Monitors
  • Line Checks and Levels
  • Mixing for the Band
  • Soundcheck with Live Band
  • Mixing Front of House: Drums
  • Mix Front of House: Vocals
  • Things to Consider
  • Helpful Tools and Apps
  • Final Q&A

Taught by

Zach Varnell

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