Are you interested in live sound but don’t know where to start?
Have you Googled 'How to mix a band' but still don't know an XLR from a DI.
Or played around with the soundboard but haven’t been able to figure out what all the knobs and buttons actually do.
Maybe you finally figured out how to wire the equipment together properly but you’re really not sure how it all works, and you have no idea how to make it sound good.
Or you've been working in live sound for some time and really would like to try mixing but the idea of messing up in front of a live audience is terrifying.
Maybe you've been doing some mixing and are totally comfortable on your Allen & Heath, but when you had to mix a show on a different soundboard, you were completely lost.
Or after working really hard to mix a great sounding show, you ended up fighting with feedback all night.
If you want to run sound for a band, church, or theater getting started in live sound can be stressful and confusing…
There is so much to learn it can feel overwhelming.
How much do you really need to know and what do you really need to know?
Even if you are a self-taught sound engineer, what you know about audio and live sound may be just the tip of the iceberg.
The truth is...
you don’t know what you don’t know.
Some people think because they know how to use Logic, Pro Tools, or Reaper, that mixing a live show will be easy.
But the studio environment is very different from doing live sound. While you may be a wiz on your DAW or in your home studio, that doesn't make you prepared for all of the things that need to happen at a gig.
And though you may know one soundboard/mixer inside and out, it won’t do you any good when you have to mix on a something that you've never used before.
There is so much equipment to learn and so many techniques it feels like it could take forever figure it all out.
But here's a secret- not even professional sound engineers know every piece of gear inside and out. What they do know and what YOU NEED TO KNOW are the fundamental principles that make up everything we do in live sound.
These principles are the shortcut to learning how to use the equipment and allow you to really understand what you what you are doing so you can be confident, comfortable, and have a great show.
Hi, I'm Michelle and for the past 30 years I've been the Sound Engineer for some of the most recognizable names in music...
Goo Goo Dolls
and many more...
I've mixed thousands of shows on tour with these artists all over the world, in every size and shape of venue. I've done all the major festivals from Coachella to Download and TV from The Grammy's to SNL. I've even been inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame.
Through the years, I’ve worked with and mentored many aspiring sound engineers who were shocked to find out that mixing live sound is a lot more complicated than they ever expected.
Let’s face it, if you’re like most people who want to mix live music, you probably can’t wait to get your hands on the soundboard. But there is so much more that goes into mixing a great sounding show than just pushing faders and turning knobs. It starts long before you even get to the soundboard.
Do you know how to get sound from the instruments and singers on the stage to the sound system?
Do you know what microphone you should use on the kick drum, guitars, cymbals, vocals?
Do you know where to put that mic to get the best sound?
Do you know how to fix problems in the mix like not being able to hear the vocals or feedback?
Do you know what to do if the lead vocal suddenly drops out?
GREAT SOUND MATTERS
Let's face it, no one wants to hear a bad mix when they see their favorite band playing live.
And no one running the soundboard wants to hear the audience yelling at them to ‘fix the sound’?
I can help!
I've taken my decades of professional experience mixing live sound and condensed it down to what you need to know to get out there and start doing it yourself.
Here's what a few artists have said about working with Michelle...
Paul Gilbert - Mr Big, Racer X
Tommy Shaw- STYX
MIXING MUSIC LIVE is the Premier Online Digital Course that Teaches You the Fundamentals and Beyond of Live Sound.
WHAT YOU'LL GET WHEN YOU ENROLL
Mixing Music Live is a self-directed ONLINE video course that you do at your own pace.
41 Video Lessons
Downloadable Course Workbook containing PDF files to assist with Lessons
Downloadable Audio files of instruments and mixes to practice setting Gates, Compressors, and EQ
Certificate of Completion
Troubleshooting Flow Chart
Guide for Common Microphone choices
- The most common terms used in live sound
- The parts of a sound system
- The difference between FOH and Monitors
- The different kinds of cables you'll be working with and which to use for what
- How the signal gets from the source to the soundboard and then to PA Speakers
- How to wire a stage
- How to create Input Lists and Stage Plots
- Stage Directions
THE CONSOLE & GAIN STRUCTURE
- What all the knobs, buttons, and faders do
- How to set proper input gain on your channels to get the best quality audio signal
- How the signal travels through the soundboard
- What a talkback mic is for and using headphones to monitor your signals
THE DIGITAL CONSOLE
- The difference between analog and digital consoles
- How to work your way through the digital soundboard from the input to output and a quick start guide
- How to patch and assign outputs on a digital console
- What are VCAs, DCAs, and Groups for and how to use them
- The different types of EQ
- How to use noise gates, compressors and effects
- How to choose a microphone and proper mic placement
- How to properly wrap a mic cable
DOING THE GIG
- How to EQ the PA to work with the room acoustics
- How to run a proper line check and soundcheck
- How to build a mix and mix monitors from FOH
- Basic troubleshooting
Bonus Lessons Including:
- Wireless Microphones and In Ear Monitors
- How to build a show file for a digital console
- Mixing Sound for Theater
- The number one thing you can do to get rid of feedback!
YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE THESE OTHER GREAT BONUSES
BUY IT NOW AND OWN IT FOR LIFE
When you purchase Mixing Music Live you become a member of the MML community and have lifetime access to the course and all updates. This means that even if you aren’y quite ready to start, you can get in now and do it at your own pace! Revisit the course as much as you need and at any time for a refresher.
LEARN ON THE GO
Watch the course on any device anywhere you have access to the internet. You can also access the course via your smart phone from the FREE mobile App, giving you the convenience and ability to refer back to lessons whenever you need to. Need to remember something you learned while you're doing a gig? You can access the course wherever you are.
FREE DOWNLOADABLE MP3s OF EACH LESSON
Any time you can't watch the videos or just want to review a lesson offline, you can download the audio from all of the lessons from the course and listen while driving, or whenever you can’t watch.
FREE COURSE TRANSCRIPTS
If you find it easier to learn by reading along with the video, there are downloadable PDF transcripts available for each lesson. Great for taking notes and highlighting things you want to remember!
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT MIXING MUSIC LIVE...
"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."
“My biggest take away from Mixing Music Live was the inputs and outputs on the soundboard. I wasn't sure what they all did before but now I have a better understanding of that and the use of inserts and EQs.
I know have a better understanding of the general signal flow from setting up the stage to the order of operations on the soundboard. Also, I did not have much knowledge on dealing with feedback, so knowing tips on how to ring out the PA were very helpful.
I feel a lot better than I did before. The resources you add to certain lessons is super helpful and I am happy to now have those to revert back to when I need them."
"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."
"I really liked your course. 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.
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!"
You know that feeling you get when you’re at an amazing live show?
Just think of how great it would feel to know that you played a part in creating such an enjoyable experience for the audience…
Mixing live sound can be a lot of fun when you know how to do it.
The fastest way to becoming good at live sound is by understanding a few basic principles, because the more you understand about what you are doing, the better your show will go.
STILL ON THE FENCE? NO PROBLEM! YOU'VE GOT 30 DAYS TO SEE FOR YOURSELF IF MML IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
Go for it! You'll have limited access to the course for 30 days to check it out. If, within 30 days, you determine this isn't for you, no worries! You can cancel, and we'll refund your money.
Keep learning while you're on the go
Doing a live event and need to review a lesson? Access Mixing Music Live any time with the free Kajabi app.