Discover Live Sound with Jeff Barnett

Email us at academy@sweetwater.com to be added to the wait list.

Master the Console

with Sweetwater Sales Engineer and resident live sound expert Jeff Barnett.

Running a console might look complicated, but once you've been shown the basics, you'll be well on your way to mastery. Sweetwater Academy of Music & Technology's Discover Live Sound workshop delivers clear, practical instruction straight from an expert with more than 26 years of experience and hundreds of projects to his name. We start at the very beginning, introducing you to the equipment and how to handle it. From there, you get a hands-on tutorial on setup, a how-to on EQing the speakers, a walkthrough of final soundcheck, and much more.

Whether you're new to live sound mixing or an experienced rig runner looking for tips and tricks to step up your game, Discover Live Sound can help. This 2-day workshop will guide you through, from starter-level basics to the everyday techniques you need to feel at home behind the console.

Jeff Barnett

Jeff has been running sound for more than 26 years, starting at the ripe old age of 12. Since that time, he has been a staff engineer for Baylor University and the audio director of a Texas theater company, and he's worked for multiple churches.

He's also run sound for more bands and special events than he can count, including everything from a cappella groups to rock orchestras. In other words, if it's performed live, Jeff knows how to make it sound its best.

A sample of what you'll learn:

  • Fundamentals of sound
  • Acoustics
  • The role of the live audio engineer
  • Anatomy of a sound system
  • Microphone basics
  • Understanding wireless systems
  • Common outboard components
  • Amplifiers
  • Active and passive speakers
  • Analog vs. digital mixers
  • Signal processing (with listening examples)
  • How and why to use EQ
  • Microphone technique (live demonstration with a band)
  • Understanding gain structure
  • Troubleshooting
  • Building a mix

Reserve your spot today!

November 22–23, 10AM–5PM

Only $150

(includes lunch both days)

SOLD OUT: email us at academy@sweetwater.com to be added to the wait list.