Mixer Fundamentals

Want to improve your Live Sound skills? Start here with this free course on Mixer Fundamentals.

People always come up to me at shows and say, "Do you really know what all those knobs do?" Fair enough — when you're looking at a large mixing console with tons of buttons and knobs, it can seem a little intimidating!

But if you learn the concepts in this course, you'll be on your way to understanding how it all works. To successfully use a mixer, you need to know:

  • Digital vs. Analog Consoles
  • Channel Strips
  • EQ
  • Aux Sends
  • Compressors
  • Gates
  • Subgroups
  • ...and more

As a professional live sound engineer, I've been lucky enough to mix some of the best venues in the world, touring with Grammy-winning artists.

I've mixed main stages at huge festivals for 60,000+ people and done headlining shows at Madison Square Garden, Staples Center in L.A., and the Sydney Opera House.

And along the way, I've learned something super important: fundamentals matter! This is true if you're performing on stage — or behind the soundboard.

Enroll below to start building your live sound skills (1,000s of people have already enrolled and taken advantage of this free training):

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Your Instructor

Scott Adamson
Scott Adamson

A lifelong musician, Scott started his journey in audio by purchasing recording gear to make demos for his high school band. After moving to Chicago to start a studio and work in a variety of live music venues, a transition to full-time touring work came as the excitement of live production and worldwide travel proved to be too much to ignore.

During his entire career, the idea of The Production Academy was forming. There has long been a lack of quality educational resources for live music production, and the desire to change that has resulted in a wide range of course offerings. Now, The Production Academy has helped thousands around the world improve their live sound skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
It is a completely self-paced online course — you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
Free lifetime access! After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied please let us know how else we can help out.

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