Mixing Music Live

An introduction to Live Sound and Mixing.


Enrollment is currently closed- join the waitlist and we'll let you know as soon as it opens.

Want to learn live sound and not sure where to start?
Are you an aspiring Sound Engineer?

Having trouble making things sound good?

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with how much there is to learn about live sound and mixing?  

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.  You've Googled 'How to mix a band' but still don't know an XLR from a DI.

Maybe you've been working in live sound for some time and really would like to try mixing but haven’t been able to figure out what all the knobs and buttons on the soundboard actually do.

Or you have 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.  After you struggled to finally pull together a good mix, you ended up fighting with feedback all night.

Wouldn’t it feel great to have the skills and confidence to mix a great sounding show on whatever equipment you’ve got?

If you have a passion for music and audio, mixing live sound can be incredibly fulfilling.  


You know that feeling you get when you’re at an amazing live show?  Now imagine how it would feel to know that YOU are part of creating that experience for the audience?


It doesn’t matter if you are mixing live sound in a club or an arena, a church, or a theater, mixing a great sounding show is a wonderful way to let your creativity flow.

Hi, I'm Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato

For the past 30 years I've been the Sound Engineer for some of the most recognizable names in music...

Gwen Stefani

Melissa Etheridge

Elvis Costello

Adam Lambert

Goo Goo Dolls

Janet Jackson

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 major festivals from Coachella to Download and TV from The Grammy's to SNL.
So yeah, I've been doing this for a long time.  But when I first wanted to learn  live sound there were two options, find someone who would take me under their wing and teach me everything they knew, or find a school where I could learn the basics.
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I chose going to school, (2 actually).  I didn’t know anyone who could teach me and even if I did, how would I know if what they were teaching me was right?

Today you have access to so much information and so many ways to learn:

  • You could try learning from some random person on YouTube, but how do you know if what they're telling you is correct?
  • You could try searching on the internet, but you don't know what you don't know. So where would you start?
  • You could invest thousands of $$$ in going to school, but what if you're not sure that live sound is really your thing or it's just a hobby?
  • You could try learning on the job, but there is always so much work to be done that there can be little time for learning everything you need to know.


This is where I come in- I'm here to share my experience and knowledge because...



There’s never enough time, artists and clients needs change at the last minute, equipment can fail, feedback can plague your mix...

You must be able to effectively handle the challenges of the day because the show must go on.


In order to do that you need to:

- Be able to pull a great sounding mix together quickly

- Be able to correctly operate whatever equipment you have

- Know what needs to happen and in what order for a successful show

- Be able to troubleshoot and quickly solve problems that may disrupt the show


Many people think because they know how to use Logic, Pro Tools, or Reaper, that they are capable of mixing a live show.

The studio environment is very different from 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 inside and out,  it won’t do you any good when you have to mix on a something that you've never used before.


But you don't have to know how to operate every single piece of gear on the market.

The truth is- not even professional sound engineers are familiar with all of the equipment available or every single soundboard.  


What they do know are the fundamental principles of live sound and mixing.  This allows them to be comfortable no matter what they are working with.


If this sounds like it could take years to learn...

While it does take time and practice to master the craft, it doesn't take much time to learn the basics so you can start building your skills. 



I'll teach you what you need to know to get out there and start mixing.

Here's what a few artists have said about working with Michelle...

Paul Gilbert - Mr Big, Racer X

Tommy Shaw- STYX


Mixing live sound doesn’t need to be intimidating or mysterious. 


It’s not rocket science and it’s not just having a pair of great ears (although that helps). 


Whether you are mixing music for fun or a potential career, the goal is to have a great sounding show.  It should be an enjoyable experience for you and the audience.


However, there’s a lot more that goes into mixing live sound than just turning knobs and pushing faders on the soundboard.

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There is a systematic approach to all of this.


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MIXING MUSIC LIVE is the online digital course that teaches you the fundamentals and beyond of mixing live sound for any event.


Mixing Music Live is a self-directed ONLINE video course that you do at your own pace.

41 Video Lessons

7 Quizzes

Homework Assignments

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

Bonuses Including:

Troubleshooting Flow Chart

Frequency chart

Guide for Common Microphone choices

and more...

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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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!

and more...



When you purchase the current version of Mixing Music Live you become a member and will never have to pay for updates or new versions of the course.  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.


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.


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.


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!


Whether you are just getting started in live sound or want to improve your mixing skills...

Mixing Music Live will teach you what you need to be comfortable behind the mixer, get good sounds, and build a great mix. 


You could spend hours, even days searching youtube and google for info on how to run a soundboard and mix a show.  There’s no guarantee that what you’ll find will be correct or complete.  

Or you could start Mixing Music Live today and learn what you need to know to get out there and start mixing. 


Jess LeBlanc 

"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."

Simon Boniface

"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."

Rachel Suffian

“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.”

Syrilyn Tong

"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!"


Getting a great mixing gig has always been difficult.  It's part what you know and who you know.


But the pandemic has caused many long time sound engineers to leave the industry, creating a need for fresh blood.


This is a huge opportunity for anyone thinking about a career in live sound and mixing.


While there will always be a lot of competition for a limited number of jobs, one way to set yourself apart is by having a solid foundation of what it takes to do the job professionally.


Are you ready to take the first step?

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