Audio-Curriculum


Our live audio curriculum was designed with express focus for students to have maximum hands-on console teaching time to learn, and master the skilmls needed to become a proficient Live Audio Engineer. Which is one more reason we limit our class size to 8 students per semester.

Our class size supports students grasping, learning and applying daily instruction to increase each students hands-on familiarity using today’s most up-to-date live audio gear, to elevate their knowledge, confidence and, to improve their proficiency in our semi private class setting.

Each student will earn his/her venue pro users certificate as part of the 20 week program.

"Wk. 1 - Live Sound Etiquette"

• The Client is always right
• The psychology of mixing
• Long hours short money
• For the love of music not money
• Touring life

"Wk. 4 - Live Console Signal Flow and Routing"

• Mic Pre Amps/ Phantom power/ Phase reverse switches
• Parametric equalizers & Hi/Low pass filters
• Aux. effects sends or Monitor mix sends
• Console insert points/ Patching in outboard gear
• Automation and snapshots
• VCA/DCA and analog Sub Groups

"Wk. 7 -  Acoustics and Ear Training"

• Hearing audio frequencies
• Audio analyzer programs & systems
• Developing relative pitch
• Venue acoustics and equalization techniques

"Wk. 10 -  Cables and Connectors Over View"

• Balanced and unbalanced cables
• Instrument and speaker cables
• Midi cables and fiber optic cables

"Wk. 13 - Microphone and D.I. Brands/Microphone Placement"

• Discussion on mic types and what they are best used for
• Wireless microphone - "guitar" and "in ear" monitoring systems
• Wireless frequency analysis of systems & techniques
• Discussion on D.I. types and there uses

"Wk. 16 - Monitor System Mixing"

• Equalizing monitor wedges and side fill speakers
• Monitor wedge mixing
• In Ear system mixing

"Wk. 2 - Live Touring Terminologies"

• All related and relative terms to audio & touring
• All related and relevant audio & touring product brand names

"Wk. 5 - Digital -vs- Analog Console Techniques"

• Digital console operating procedures
• Analog console operating procedures

"Wk. 8  -  Line Array Speaker Systems -vs- Horn Loaded Systems"

• Line array speaker system principals
• Horn loaded speaker system principals
• Monitor wedges

"Wk. 11 - Compressor and Noise Gate Techniques and Uses"

• The uses of compressors and noise gates
• Setting levels
• Getting the desired effect

"Wk. 14 -  Electricity Laws & Principal"

• Single phase power -vs- Three phase power
• 120 volts -vs- 240 volts
• Metering power
• Power distribution systems

"Wk. 17 thru 20  -  Live Show Mixing Techniques"

• Making input list and stage plots
• Setting and patching up the band and vocal mics
• Sound checking the band
• Mixing the show!

 

 

 

 

"Wk. 3 - Live Sound System Flow Charts"

• Equipment relationships to one another
• Signal flow
• Sound system configurations
• Trouble shooting

"Wk. 6 - Digital Mixing Console Set Up and Over View"

• Setting up and connecting the console
• Gain structure
• How to set input levels
• How to check output levels
• Digital distortion and audio clipping

"Wk. 9 -  Sound System Preparation and Alignment"

• Analyzing venue dimensions with sound vision software
• Flying or ground stacking the sound system
• Speaker system component balancing and equalizing the venue

"Wk. 12 - Digital & Analog Effects Processing Techniques and Uses"

• What is ""Reverb" and it’s uses
• What is digital "Delay" and it’s uses
• Delay charts and time -vs- distance measurements

"Wk. 15 - Front of House (FOH) Mixing"

• Small club, theater and large arena mixing techniques[/li]
• Mixing vocals, drums, percussion's, horns, guitars, acoustic piano and large,
orchestra’s for live performance