This is a list of the best free and paid training for live sound engineers online today. I included all webinars, courses, and certifications I could find that required a deep time commitment from the student and excluded shorter demos and casual videos.
Did I miss something important? Comment below and let me know.
Audinate – Dante certification.
Digico – SD9 training.
Get Started with Sound System Tuning – Everything you need to know to take your first measurements with an audio analyzer (like Smaart or SATlive) using tools you already own.
Harman – Introduction to Audio System Design, Audio System Design for AV Professionals, BSS Audio Signal Processors, Crown Amplifiers, DBX Signal Processors, JBL Loudspeakers, Soundcraft Mixers.
Martin Audio – Free webinar trainings on their system optimization software, control software, and speaker deployment.
Meyer Sound – The webinars section has disappeared from their site, but I dug these up on Vimeo. Here are their videos on MAPP XT.
QSC – Q-SYS Level 1.
Shure – Ethernet Networking for Audio, Wired Microphones 101, Microflex Wireless Training, Wireless Workbench 6 Video Tutorials, Advanced Techniques for RF Coordination, Microphone Techniques for Theatrical Productions.
Sound Design Live – Intro to Sound System Tuning, How To Make Money as a Sound Engineer.
SoundGym – A curated collection of YouTube videos including Live Sound Basics and Worship Sound Tools.
Waves – LV1 Mixer Training, Start Mixing with Plugins, SoundGrid Certification.
Yamaha – Training on their CL, QL, and TF consoles.
Association of Sound Designers – Acoustics & System Design, Vocal reinforcement & Radio Mics, Computer and Audio Networking.
Essential Live Sound Training – This is a great overview of almost every major tool and concept you will run into in live audio. Don’t expect to walk away ready to take Scott Adamson’s job mixing for Passion Pit, but if you didn’t go to school for audio or just want a refresher, I wholeheartedly recommend this course. At $29/month for over 100 video lessons, it’s a steal.
Pro Audio Workshop: Seeing Sound – Insider secrets to quickly and effectively maximize sound system tuning in any room.
SoulSound – Monitors from FOH, Mixing FOH, Stagecraft, How to Set Up A Small Business
SynAudCon – How Sound Systems Work, Principles of Audio, Transformer-Distributed Loudspeaker Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Audio Applications, Sound Reinforcement for Designers.
Pastor Fred Humber says
We have a Yahmah MG24/14FX sound console. We currently have a volunteer staff that knows very little about sound. I was wondering what online classes/blogs you might offer that they might learn more about operating the sound console.
Pastor Fred Humber
Nathan Lively says
Hey Fred, good to hear from you. Yamaha has a lot of good training videos on their site and YT. For courses I recommend Guerilla Mixing. The fastest way might be to just hire Aleš for a few hours of group training though.