This is a list of free and paid training for sound engineers online, including webinars, courses, and certifications. This list will be updated as we become aware of new resources.
Manufacturer-specific courses for consoles and PAs are listed in a separate section below.
Webinars and Videos
- Vimeo: How to plan a virtual event: Vimeo’s live production experts tell-all
- SoundGirls YouTube Channel
- The Production Academy: No Live Music During a Pandemic – How the Touring Industry is Affected by the Coronavirus
- Apogee Masterclass with Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird, Fiona Apple): How to Produce a Debut Artist
- D&B Array Calc Training, Part 1
- What is Array Processing?
- Artists in a Time of Global Pandemic
- Mix with the Masters
- Practical Tech
- Rational Acoustics Vimeo & YouTube pages:
A collection of videos covering a variety of Smaart topics including Smaart SPL quickstart, calibrating inputs for SPL, setting up transfer functions, I-O & measurement configuration, and more.The Smaart Support Portal:
links to Smaart tutorials, FAQ’s and documentation, including the Smaart v8 User Guide and the Smaart Di v2 & Smaart SPL Quick Start Guides.And there is also the Sound System Optimization post archive on reddit:
A great compendium of articles, discussions, Q&A’S and recommended reading related to Sound System optimization
- Avid to Offer Temporary Licenses on Creative Tools to Help Customers Impacted by COVID-19
- Guide to Remote Music Education
- SoundGirls Member Benefits
- How Music Companies Are Giving Back During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Updating)
- Reaper Licenses
- Moog and Korg make synth apps free to help musicians stuck at home
- Figure 53 is giving educational users free use of Qlab 4 Pro bundle until June 1st!
- AVIXA Full Online Education Catalog open to all through June 12
- ETC Connect online training is free right now.
- Mixing Music Live 50% Discount to SoundGirls
- Ableton Live 10 Suite free 30-day trial
- Stage Research is offering any of our software programs for free
- Korg iKaossilator app
- SoundGym Subscriptions for SoundGirls Members
- SoundGirls Lending Library – Check out Books on Audio for Free
- Temporary LightWright Licence
- ACT Online Academy – All MA2 & 3 courses free with code “act4me”
- Synergetic ongoing webinars
- Temp Adobe CC & Connect Licence /Limited Eligibility
Isadora creator live streams
- Digital Theatre+ is free until March 29 –
- One week free access to TheatreArtLife
- Production Expert Premium Video Tutorial Subscription FREE for 90 Days To Help Those Affected By Covid-19
- Fender Guitar Lessons Free for 90 Days
AES Membership Discount
In order to give you access to our wonderful community and resources, we are making a 3-month membership available for just $25 if you join between now and the end of March. Or you can opt to receive 15 months for the price of 12 ($125).
If you are a student enrolled in an audio program, the 3-month membership is $10 or 15 months for the price of 12 ($50).
The Event Safety Guide is now available as a free PDF, which may be downloaded at the following link: https://www.eventsafetyalliance.org/the-event-safety-guide
Registration for our online Event Safety Access core safety training has been reduced to $9.95 through July 1, 2020. Those wishing to sign up may do so at http://eventsafetyaccess.com . Please use the promo code SUPPORT20 at checkout to receive this discounted rate.
Annual dues for individual members have been reduced to $25.00 through December 31, 2020. This rate applies to both new and renewing members. Membership registration can be found at https://www.eventsafetyalliance.org/becomeamember (Note: Discount will be applied automatically at checkout).
Free Courses (with and without professional certifications)
Free Event Technology Training Guide
- Learning Synths – Ableton
- Avixa (Infocomm) Certified Technology Specialist Certification
All courses free through June 12, 2020
Free AV tech training
Dante Certification Program (levels 1 & 2 free online)
- Harman Professional University
Includes audio, networking, lighting, and more: Introduction to Audio System Design, Audio System Design for AV Professionals, BSS Audio Signal Processors, Crown Amplifiers, DBX Signal Processors, JBL Loudspeakers, Soundcraft Mixers.
- HDBaseT Installer Expert Program
HDBaseT is a one-cable audio transmission standard. This course is good for installers.
- Free Bosch, EV, Telex Training
- LPEC Certification
- LiveDesign free industry webcasts
- Motion Picture Safety 101
- Q-SYS training from QSC
- Shure Audio Institute
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 – 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.
- Syntorial: A New Way to Learn Synthesis
- Symetrix Composer Certification Program
End-to-end DSP configuration (installers).
- Waves SoundGrid Certification
Training on Waves SoundGrid platform for audio networking and real-time processing.
- Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
- HamStudy by SignalStuff
Ham radio license practice tests – see their links page for more resources.
“Are You Listening” Mastering Video Series
Pro Audio Essentials Game-Based Audio Skill Course
- Merlin Van Veen – Study Hall
Meyer instructor – great resource for budding system techs.
- ProSoundWeb Study Hall
- RF Venue Blog
Excellent resource for RF-related information.
- Shure Webinars
- Sound Design Live Podcast
- Waves Tutorials, Webinars, and Interviews
- Waves Courses (free and paid)
- Women in Audio Podcasts
Paid Courses (with and without professional certifications)
- Ableton Online Training Partners
- Church Sound University (co-lead by SoundGirl Sam Potter)
- Essential Live Sound Training from The Production Academy
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.
- LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com – sign up for a free month)
Training and tutorials in a wide range of subjects, including audio engineering, photography, business skills, and more. 30-day free trial.
- Lynda.com: Audio for Video Editors (1h 42m – beginner level)
- Lynda.com: Audio Mixing Bootcamp (8h 53m – beginner level)
- Lynda.com: Microphone Techniques – Essentials (1h 53m – beginner level)
- Lynda.com: Audio Foundations – Reverb (3h 5m – intermediate level)
- Mixing Music Live (by SG Co-Founder Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato)
- Rational Acoustics
Worldwide SMAART Training courses
Monitors from FOH, Mixing FOH, Stagecraft, How to Set Up A Small Business
- Sound Design Live Audio Training Courses
- SynAudCon Online Audio Training
How Sound Systems Work, Principles of Audio, Transformer-Distributed Loudspeaker Systems, Digital Signal Processing, Audio Applications, Sound Reinforcement for Designers.
Paid Resources and Books
- ARRL Ham Radio License Education and Training
- Association of Sound Designers Training (with paid membership)
Acoustics & System Design, Vocal reinforcement & Radio Mics, Computer and Audio Networking.
- Bob McCarthy
Big green book author and sound system design educator
- L’Acoustics Training
- Martin Audio
Free webinar training on their system optimization software, control software, and speaker deployment.
- Meyer Sound
In-person training courses
MAPP XT videos
All Meyer Sound videos
Training on their CL, QL, and TF consoles.
Articles and Resources
- On Top Of The Game: Staying In Mixing Shape When Not Working
- SoundGirls Resources Articles
- SoundGirls Blogs
- Virtual Music Events Directory
- Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19
– “A guide to live streaming of HowlRound TV”
- “Quarantine Soirees: Classical Music and Opera to Stream at Home”
- Metropolitan Opera Live Streams
- The Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall
Redeem the voucher BERLINPHIL by March 31 and receive free access to all concerts
- Betty: They Say I’m Different