This course focuses on Public Address Amplification and speaker design systems. Students learn how to match passive and active systems for optimum performance. There are several applications using designs from various manufacturers. This course establishes a good foundation for a carrier in Live Sound Engineering.

Soundcraft

This course establishes a good foundation for a carrier in Live Sound Engineering. Get the principles of how your microphones and mixing console work. Get the basics of miking and amplification right to make the maximum from your existing equipment.

A sound engineer who knows how to create a mix that sounds great and can build and deploy a high-quality sound system is highly coveted throughout the music industry. A good sound technician is the friend of serious artistes and musicians.

We shall study, evaluate and compare several different live and studio recordings in order to establish a point of reference for your own mix choices.

The goal of the course is to enable you to build your own mixes and use what you have learned to conform to a high standard for sonic quality, blend and authenticity.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the types of sounds that work well in a professional mix.
  • Achieve excellent vocal sounds for various styles, genres, and acoustical environments.
  • Use microphone techniques, equalization, effects, and dynamics processing to build excellent piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, bass guitar, drums, and percussion sounds so they function well together.
  • Build a high-quality mix that is appropriate for a wide variety of age groups, stylistic preferences, and acoustical environments.
  • Record a live show in multi-track or a 2 track mode.

Course Outline

  • Sound Theory
  • Interconnection basics
  • Introduction to mixers
  • Introduction to microphones
  • Basic equalization and dynamic processors
  • Ear training drills
  • Recording Skills
  • Introduction to speakers and amplifiers
  • Field work

This level spans 3 months. Contact hours will be through chats for lecturing theory and principles and experiences. Field work and attachments are requirements and students are required to be part of the crew for 3 shows in a conference/church setting, an outdoor setting and in a theatre.


Studiolive

This is a continuation course from LS 101. 

After gaining knowledge about the fundamentals of sound, it is now time to solidify those gains with some principles and practices that make the technician go for gold anytime he is mixing.

We shall delve deeper into microphones, this time looking at the applications and comparing theit sonic differences. We shall spend time also lookinch at various instruments and how they are treated or used for various music genres. 

There will be the opportunity to analyze mixes done by the grammy award winners using the clock and the time line.

Our ear training drills shall continue this time using real music. And we shall endeavor to identify frequencies as accurately as we can, trusting our ears for the job.

There is a lot to learn, enroll now.