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Learn the art of mixing live music from a professional concert sound engineer. 




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Hi, I'm Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato and I've been a professional Concert Sound Engineer for nearly 30 years.  During that time I've traveled the world mixing thousands of shows for some of the biggest names in music- Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Goo Goo Dolls, Elvis Costello and many more. So whether you're doing live sound as a hobby or a potential career, let me share my knowledge and experience with you.  Learn more about me HERE

How do you create better sounding mixes, eliminate feedback, and be comfortable mixing on any soundboard? 

Mixing live sound isn’t hard but doing it right and doing it well can be, unless you understand the principles behind it.

What are the principles essential to achieving great sound? 

It doesn’t matter if you are mixing live music in a club, a church band/choir, a theatrical event or a handful of talking heads at a convention, these basic principles apply to all.

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"I’ve worked in live sound on and off for two decades and I found this course to be perfect. Many things I knew but others I've been doing without actually understanding why it works. After completing Mixing Music Live, I’ve got much higher confidence. Particularly in the analog world versus digital world. The videos are engaging and the assessments are awesome."

C. Grace
Mixing Music Live Student

"I must say that this has been the best course that I have done.  The order in which the subjects have been presented and the demonstrations have been brilliant. Everything has been very well explained and helped to re-enforce the knowledge for me. Thank you for putting the effort into to sharing your professional experience for non professionals such as myself. It is much appreciated and put to good use."

Simon Boniface
Mixing Music Live Student

"The Mixing Music Live course helped me further in my work of live sound for the 2 amateur bands where I play bass. I now have a better understanding of how to mix and make a good live sound and how to avoid feedback both in the rehearsal room and in a live situation."

Finn Pedersen
Mixing Music Live Student

"Thank you for putting this course together! I thought this was an excellent and very thorough explanation of all the technical aspects of live sound. Very clear and some great pictures and good examples of different equipment situations to really give a good understanding of everything"

Jesse LeBlanc
Mixing Music Live Student

"When I know Michelle's gonna be there I know how it's gonna go....the drums are booming, the bass is nice and fat and round, the vocals are crisp and right out there where they need to be, the solos are loud, it's a fun thing to listen to and it's what we want for our fans..."

Tommy Shaw
STYX- Guitarist and Vocalist

"I’ve worked closely with Michelle since 2009, having her along as Front of House mixer for every show of Mr Big. I’ve seen her successfully handle any mixing challenge imaginable, in every size & shape venue around the world….Learning about sound mixing from an absolute pro with real world experience is the only way to go. Michelle meets and exceeds all requirements, and is a total pro in every way."

Billy Sheehan
Bass Player- Mr Big, Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo

"The course flows very well. I had no experience in live sound when I started the course and know considerably more now. I liked the vocabulary sheets that were provided and how the videos were short because it helped to focus on a specific topic and understand it better before moving on."

Olivia D.

"“She’s a great sound engineer, so creative… and she always would have an open mind and advice about what sounded better as far as instruments go. I really relied on her a lot as a sound engineer.” -Amy Ray “When we were touring at that point we had a big production and Michelle was able to handle every aspect of the production professionally and with talent.”- Emily Saliers"

Amy Ray and Emily Sailers
Indigo Girls

"I really liked Mixing Music Live. It was very thorough, and even though I don't own or (thus far) use a large digital mixer, I feel that it's not so intimidating any more. I have taken another live sound mixing course, which was much shorter and not as thorough.  Mixing Music Live gave me more confidence, not only in the specific material that you presented, but also to experiment with my own mixer's capabilities.  I really needed help understanding dynamics, and your drum files helped me play around with the controls. I felt like I couldn't do that in a live setting and didn't have a drummer of which to sit around beating drums for me!"

Syrilin Tong
Mixing Music Live Student

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