Learn how to become a leading sound engineer and achieve sonic excellence for live events, using a wide range of manufacturers’ technologies with tried and tested management and performance techniques.
Starting with the practical skills of live sound engineering including patching, routing, mixing, soundcheck and communication skills, we will move through the basics of the modern concert sound reinforcement system and associated technologies, such as networked audio and basic rigging.
As we move to deepen our understanding, we will delve deeply into areas such as acoustics and the properties of sound in enclosed spaces, from musical acoustics, room modes, reverb times, and treatment and how to apply this to venues or studios. We take a deeper look at how the cutting edge concert utilises creative technologies to enhance artistic performances. The course looks at Playback rigs, concert control software, show-calling tech, Radio systems, In Ear Monitoring, modern industry protocols and ways of working.
The sound at modern concerts requires many bespoke systems to be in place, such as power requirements, all are complex and important and require anyone working within live production to have a solid foundation in many creative technologies, their practice and safety. This will also include the transportation, setup and pack down of these major concert systems.
No live sound engineer is complete without further development of specialist skills including advanced backline techniques, specific instrument tuning and maintenance. This exciting pathway specialism brings together a range of artistic, creative, technical and interdisciplinary skills to create more complex interconnected productions. Through the use of contemporary show technology we explore the latest in multimedia immersive events, specialising in creating creative audio 3D and 4D experiences
These specialist skills units will run alongside the cross-pathway collaborative projects each term, giving the student a real-world learning experience. This will develop further knowledge and specialist skills in operating and specifying complex live sound systems. With this will come the management and creative skills needed to add a professional practitioner level of competence to the student’s practice.
Ultimately this course is designed to create the modern live sound engineer and will cover important aspects of getting and keeping work through the meaningful practice of your craft, keeping up with technology and the ability to innovate and lead.