People always come up to me at shows and say, "Do you really know what all those knobs do?" And fair enough! Especially when you're looking at a large analog console with tons and 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 getting some great results on a mixing console.
Obviously, if you're a professional sound engineer, this is critical stuff to know. But, it's also very helpful if you’re a musician performing on stage. Since the whole PA system (including the monitors) is controlled by a mixer, what we cover here will help you with your show no matter if you're on stage or behind the soundboard.
My name's Scott Adamson and I've been mixing FOH for live shows ever since I was 20, and I've been lucky to tour with a ton of amazing artists. People like Haim, St. Vincent, Ingrid Michaelson, Passion Pit, 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've had to learn all the live sound skills 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 saved me a ton of time and frustration.
So, I decided to take all the things I've learned about my job and create The Production Academy. I really hope this helps out anyone who wants to be involved in the exciting world of live music!