Essential Live Sound Training

Create unbelievable live mixes and run shows like a touring-level engineer

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Live sound is a lot more than just pushing faders. It's mixing monitors, soundcheck, gain structure, signal flow, working with bands, setting up speaker systems...and a lot more.

Hi, I’m Scott, the creator of Essential Live Sound Training. As a professional engineer, I got my first pro live gig over 20 years ago at small club in Iowa. The hardest part was I had to learn everything on my own. All the live sound resources were either outdated or useless and when I asked older engineers for help, they acted like I didn’t have clearance to hear their classified Top Secret information.

So, like many live engineers, I learned everything on the job.

It took me years to get my knowledge to a level where I was comfortable mixing huge shows and touring with bands. The frustrating part is I could’ve drastically accelerated the process if I’d had access to quality “street smart” live sound resources.

And I see this same thing happening today.

There just isn’t affordable, practical information out there for live engineers. You either have to pay tens of thousands of dollars for audio school, or try and figure it through trial and A LOT of error. That's why I created Essential Live Sound Training (ELST).

ELST is an online course that will teach everything you need to work successfully as a live engineer.

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ELST features tons of high quality videos that cover all the essential topics that you MUST understand if you want to move up the ranks and work at bigger venues, go on tour, or be the go-to engineer at your house of worship.

Some of what this course offers:

  • Clear and straight-forward advice that will instantly improve your live mixes and ability to troubleshoot problems.
  • The one piece of gear that’s responsible for 90% of live sound failure.
  • A step-by-step guide for running soundcheck. (You MUST master this skill as a pro live engineer.)
  • Why understanding signal flow is absolutely essential for keeping your cool and quickly solving problems on stage in stressful situations.
  • The biggest — and maybe most common — mistake engineers make with compression. (It’s a huge cause of uncontrollable feedback.)
  • How to quickly identify and eliminate feedback frequencies.
  • The demystifying truth about gain structure and Unity Gain. (You will automatically start mixing better when you understand this.)
  • The most important knob on a mixing console. (When you master it mixing gets A LOT easier.)
  • Why understanding microphone polar patterns can stop feedback before it even starts.
  • How to learn the software for different brands of digital consoles. (Without even touching the mixing board.)
  • The critical difference between Active vs. Passive DIs and which ones sound best with certain instruments.
  • A fast and effective way to tune any PA system with just your ears and an iPod.
  • How to get 80% of the way to a great live mix BEFORE the audience even arrives.

A huge problem with most live sound courses is they only show the technical side. They completely ignore the creative (and my favorite) element of live sound: mixing.

That’s why I created the Mixing Demos section in the Essential Live Sound Training.

I let you watch over my shoulder as I mix tracks from a live show on a digital console.

And show you step-by-step how to apply the concepts we learn to a real mix.

A few things that I show you in the Mixing Demos:

  • My #1 secret EQ “weapon” for getting loud, clean mixes. (Studio engineers think I’m crazy when they see this.)
  • The EQ cuts I use on vocals to make them pop out in the mix even on a noisy stage.
  • Why you can’t always trust your ears when mixing bass.
  • How to use gates to get a ridiculously tight drum sound.
  • My step-by-step method to set up gain, EQ, compression and effects for Vocals, Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards and even a Saxophone.

Get these exclusive bonuses when you join

In addition to everything above I’ve got a few extra goodies waiting inside for you…

*Access to the Live Q+A Webinars archive –

Over 5 hours of exclusive in-depth interviews with live engineers that tour with some of the biggest artists in music.

These engineers give incredibly valuable advice about breaking into the industry, their favorite mixing tips and tricks, and what life is like as a touring engineer. As a member you will also be able to participate in future Q+A webinars and have your questions answered live.

*Direct email contact with Scott –

You can ask me any questions you want about live sound and I'll reply to you personally.

So, if you're stuck or confused about the course, or have some other questions related to live sound... let me know and I'm happy to give you advice.

*News, lessons, and course updates –

I’m constantly creating new course material to make ELST the ultimate resource for live engineers. As a member you get access to all future course updates and can make suggestions for what you’d like to see.

All this and a whole lot more is waiting inside the members area for you.


Here’s the deal:

Essential Live Sound Training is just $29/month.

I’ve taken my 20 years of experience from touring the world with top level artists and boiled it down to the most important parts. It’s packed with 100% real-world “street smart” information that you can learn right now and use tonight at a live show.

You can get instant access to the course by clicking the button below.

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If you are not completely impressed with Essential Live Sound Training, just tell me within the first 30 days and I’ll give you all your money back. If you're not happy, you don't pay. It's that simple.

"This training was absolutely incredible. The sections are well thought out, concise, and excellent quality. The individual videos in each section are easy to follow and the post-video quizzes help reinforce the core concepts. I spent about an hour a day for 10 days and learned more from Essential Live Sound Training than I did in 2 years of college in audio."

- Ethan Helling, North Dakota, USA

"The Production Academy is an awesome online resource that provides clear and reliable information on all the technical things your need to know to work in Live Sound or the Touring industry. SoundGirls.Org uses The Production Academy for our Live Sound Camps for Girls and recommends The Production Academy to all our members!"

- Karrie Keyes, Monitor Engineer for Pearl Jam and Executive Director for SoundGirls.org

"Scott, I have been mixing live sound since 1998 and I have never seen such a well-done educational platform as you have created. I audited this course to determine if it was right for our church sound technicians and it passed with flying colors. Our young techs are very excited to get started! You really are a class-act, brother. Your teaching style is humble, yet confident. Your ability to briefly describe very technical material is exceptional. Thanks for putting this together and sharing your wealth of knowledge."

- Lloyd Richardson, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

"Scott is able to capture the nuances of what we do in the studio and scale it up arena size. As crucial as his skill, is the fact that he cares and listens to his clients."

- Ariel Rechtshaid, Grammy award-winning producer for Haim, Madonna, Usher, Vampire Weekend, Adele, and more

Your Instructor


My name's Scott Adamson and I've been mixing FOH for live shows since I was a teenager. During that time I've been lucky to tour with a ton of amazing artists: Haim, Passion Pit, St. Vincent, Ingrid Michaelson, Sleater-Kinney, Matt and Kim, The Hold Steady, Jimmy Eat World, and many more.

During that time, I've mixed at some of the most iconic venues in the world, from the Sydney Opera House to Madison Square Garden to the main stage at Coachella. And along the way I had to learn everything on the job! I really wish there had been a good resource to get all this information when I was starting out - it would have put me light years ahead in building my skills.

That's why taking the time to build a reliable online resource seemed like a good idea. I figured it would be incredibly useful for anyone trying to learn about this stuff. And now that The Production Academy has given free material to thousands of people around the globe, I'm happy we're helping people who want to be involved in live music!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I'll give you a full refund.
Is this a one time course fee?
No - Essential Live Sound Training is set up as a monthly OR yearly subscription only. This lets us keep the cost of entry low for everyone!

Who's this course for?

*Live Engineers (all levels)

Whether you’re trying to get your first live gig at a club, or you’ve got a few years of touring experience, we’ve got something for all levels.

From beginner to advanced topics we cover everything: polar patterns, subsnakes and stage boxes, in-ear monitors (IEMs), speaker system processors, line arrays, and more…

*Studio engineers

Looking to break into the live industry and get some extra side gigs?

ELST will cover all the concepts that don’t exist in the studio world, and prepare you for the blistering pace of our workflow which can be a complete shock, even to experienced studio engineers.


Want to improve your band’s live sound quality?

Maybe you have gigs where you need to setup the PA and mix everything yourself?

This course will put you light years ahead of 90% of musicians who are completely clueless about live sound.

Course Curriculum

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