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/3 two-hour classes per week (144 total hands-on lab hours)
Maximum Students Per Class: 2
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