all the fundamentals, for free

These two free courses are a great way to start building knowledge about live music production.


This is our flagship training for live sound, with 100+ videos that give you the skills to get your shows sounding powerful, with great drum sounds, clear vocals, and balanced mixes that cover the entire frequency spectrum.

To see exactly what our one-of-a-kind curriculum covers, including bite-sized videos about every part of the audio system, check out the User Manual.


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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 is an incredible teacher who truly cares about helping students to achieve their goals. Every topic in the Essential Live Sound Training is explained with great clarity and attention to detail, and Scott is always open to questions. I came to this course thinking that I knew the basics of live sound but I’ve been really blown away by how much there is to learn here. The programme has allowed me to build my knowledge and confidence so that after a couple of months I was ready to start taking on paid freelance work. To anyone thinking about enrolling in Essential Live Sound Training, do it! I can’t recommend it enough!
— Lizzie Arnold, London, UK
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
I’ve been playing shows in clubs and festivals for almost thirty years now, and I learned a number of new things from Scott’s videos. They did a great job of breaking down some concepts that I had taken for granted and helped me grasp what’s happening with the sound on stage and in the room. These videos will help anyone further understand necessary live audio equipment and help communicate effectively with other musicians and engineers. Anyone interested in live music would benefit from watching these videos.
— Craig Finn, Singer for The Hold Steady
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