Program Overview:

Art Of Audio’s Live Sound Engineering Program (LSEP) is a comprehensive 6-month training program designed to give students the real hands-on experience of working in the live music sector. As more artists look to performance rather than record sales for revenue, there are more opportunities available for skilled live-sound engineers now than ever. The program will teach you everything that you need to know in order to excel as a live-sound engineer in small to medium sized venues as well as on the road with touring bands.

Classes are held in our 1,800 Sq. Ft. live-performance room equipped and outfitted with a professional small to medium sized venue sound system, DMX stage lighting system, and visual projection systems. This feature allows our students to learn the ropes of live-sound engineering in the same environment that they will encounter in the field. Upon completion of the core lessons, students begin an 8-week internship with one of our local live-sound business partners, providing valuable real-world experience. Upon completion of the program, students are able to continue to practice and polish their skills using our live-performance room via our post-program facilities rental program.

1) Introduction to Live-Sound:

Topics covered include:

•Health & safety: working in music venues safely
•The science of sound: amplitude and frequency
•Mixing desk, amplifiers, speakers, DI boxes
•Connections: balanced and unbalanced
•Signal flow
•Live-sound rules & etiquette
•Live-sound fundamentals, from the single vocalist to the full band
•Industry standard terminology
•Overview of common live-sound accessories (stands, cables etc.)
•Introduction to frequencies

2) Analog/Digital Mixers:

Topics covered include:

•The Yamaha MGP32X mixer (analog hybrid)
•The Soundcraft Si Impact mixer (digital)
•Analog vs. digital signal routing
•Levels and metering
•Creating presets
•Commonalities found amongst all mixers

3) PA/Sound System Overview:

Topics covered include:

•Amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers
•Stage boxes, snakes and cables
•Stage monitors
•Electrical requirements
•Active vs. passive speakers
•Speaker design and technology

4) Instrument and Amplifier Microphone Placement:

Topics covered include:

•Drum microphone placement
•Guitar/bass amp mic placement & DI
•Incorporating keyboards and other digital instruments
•DJ equipment setup
•Vocal microphone setup

5) Stage Management:

Topics covered include:

•Working with a stage crew and artist liaison
•Managing your time
•Scheduling and sound-checking
•Backline setup
•Stage safety
•Weather related issues
•Communicating with the artists on stage

6) Mixing On-The-Fly:

Topics covered include:

•Overview of equalization and its many uses
•Dynamics processing
•Automation/using presets
•Dynamic control
•Balancing the mix
•Reverse engineering of popular music
•Critical listening
•Applying delay, reverb and multi-effects
•Identifying and fixing mix related issues as they happen
•Being prepared for “the unknown”

7) Equalization:

Topics covered include:

•Using EQ in live-sound
•Ringing out the system, feedback control
•HP/LP filters
•Trouble frequencies
•Creating EQ presets
•Ear training

8) Dynamics Processing:

Topics covered include:

•Using compression
•Noise gates
•Using limiters
•Digital vs. analog compressors
•Multi-band compression

9) Advanced Monitoring:

Topics covered include:

•FOH vs. monitor mixers
•Different types of stage monitors
•In-ear monitors
•Monitor setup from simple to complex
•The role of the monitoring engineer
•Interfacing with artists on stage

10) Live-Sound Recording:

Topics covered include:

•How to approach live-sound recording
•Overview of live-sound recording technologies
•Mixing and editing a live-sound recording after the show
•Live-recording microphones
•Live-recording software options

11) Outdoor Venues:

Topics covered include:

•PA setup and tuning
•Outdoor acoustics and environmental sound issues
•Mixing and mic placement for outdoor venues
•Protecting your gear

12) Final Project:

During the final project phase of our LSEP program, students will serve as unpaid apprentices for one of our local live-sound company partners. This 8-week project requires students to document their day-to-day activities in the field through photos and post-event journal entries. Students will also design and setup a simulated small venue sound system and provide a detailed report on the equipment/parts chosen, cost and installation criteria and concerns.

PROGRAM DURATION: 25-weeks/two 2:45 minute classes per week/144 total hours (96 total hands-on instruction hours/48 total final final-project hours)
POST-PROGRAM INTERNSHIP: 12-weeks (unpaid)
PROGRAM COST: $7,680.00
PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE: (12-Month & 24-Month Payment Plans)