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Mixing Live Sound

Zach Varnell

Mixing Live Sound

Zach Varnell

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1 Class Introduction Duration:05:46
2 Power and Electricity Duration:10:44
3 Power Distribution Duration:21:04
4 Grounding and Ground Loops Duration:12:11
5 Powering Speakers Duration:14:31
6 Signal and Power Cables Duration:14:46
7 Patching, Snakes and IO Duration:33:56
8 Loudspeakers Duration:30:44
9 Mixing Monitors Duration:27:44
10 Line Checks and Levels Duration:19:21
11 Mixing for the Band Duration:31:08
12 Soundcheck with Live Band Duration:23:35
13 Mixing Front of House: Drums Duration:33:41
14 Mix Front of House: Vocals Duration:12:30
15 Things to Consider Duration:09:39
16 Helpful Tools and Apps Duration:04:10
17 Final Q&A Duration:11:41

Class Description

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.


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A very good overview of live sound presented by a professional sound technician. Good supporting video of a real event that Zach worked. He explained everything very well and I enjoyed the split screen views of his console work. Good job.

Navinder Gill

Zach has been Amazing ! He made it so simple to glide through the entire course ... Learnt Quite a bit .. Specially when I have an Avid Sc48 Board to work with.. Cheers !


Was fortunate to watch this live. Zach clearly is a master of his craft. I am a home studio drummer but learned allot about mixing and sound. Thank you Creative Live and Zach Varnell.