Live Sound Engineering Program Overview:

1) Equipment:

  • Health & safety: working in music venues safely
  • The science of sound: amplitude and frequency
  • Mixing desk, amplifiers, speakers, DI boxes
  • Connections: balanced and unbalanced

2) Analogue Mixing Desks:

  • The Yamaha IM8-24 mixing console
  • Signal flow, cabling and routing
  • Levels and metering
  • Monitor set-up and placement

3) Equalization:

  • EQ: Fixed, sweepable, parametric, graphic
  • EQ tips for guitar, bass, drums and vocals
  • Preventing feedback: how to “ring out” a system 
  • EQing the Front of House PA

4) Acoustics & Effects :

  • Types of effect: Reverb, delay, chorus etc.
  • Insert points and aux sends
  • Aux sends and monitor mixes
  • Acoustics and sound absorption

5) Instruments & Mixing:

  • Guitars Keyboards & Vocals – DI box or mic?
  • Using electronic instruments/backing tracks
  • Incorporating DJ equipment
  • Basic electrical theory

6) Dynamic Control:

  • A guide to using Compression
  • Effective use of Noise Gates
  • Effective use of Limiters
  • Impedance and DI boxes explained

7) Stage Management:

  • Artist liason, working with stage crew
  • Effective time management
  • Scheduling and soundchecking
  • Managing other events (theatre, orchestral)

8) Advanced Acoustics:

  • Decibels and SPL’s
  • Standing waves & critical distance
  • RT60 analysis to measure reverb times
  • Environments, room sizes and effects

9) Digital Mixing Desks:

  • Overview of commonly used digital desks
  • Working with Different consoles
  • Assigning channels to groups. Effects routing
  • Saving settings for different stage set-ups

10) Advanced Monitoring:

  • Overview of monitor desks
  • Working with in-ear monitors
  • Creating simple and complex monitor set-ups
  • The role of a monitoring engineer

11) Live Sound Recording:

  • Approaches to live recording
  • Mixing techniques for live recordings
  • Create a live muiltitrack recording
  • Phase issues and critical distance

12) Larger & Outdoor Venues:

  • PA tuning techniques
  • Outdoor acoustics: environmental issues
  • Mixing and mic techniques for large venues
  • Health & safety issues

PROGRAM COST: $8,680.00
DURATION: 24 weeks/2 three-hour classes per week (144 total hands-on lab hours)
Maximum Students Per Class: 3
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NOTE: While our programs provide a wealth of knowledge for our students to use, Art Of Audio is an avocational school and does not provide or claim to provide vocational or career training. Please call (720) 635-6529 with any questions about our status as an avocational school.