LIVE SOUND REINFORCEMENT

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OVERVIEW

Live sound reinforcement and engineering is the most crucial link in the chain that enables performers to present their art to an audience. The engineer at the helm of this link is the invisible performer, one who hopefully understands the nuance of the performance and has the requisite technical know-how to overcome the obstacles and impediments so that the performers and the audience have the best experience possible. The engineer is responsible to connect the performer, the space and the audience in a balance that is ideal.

It is an extremely challenging field, irrespective of the size of venue, the stature of the artist or the numbers in the audience. This line of work sees many people gaining an understanding of the requirements of the job while they are on the job and many lose out on the opportunity to grow because of being incapable of delivering consistently. Whether the deficiencies stem from a lack of understanding of the fundamentals, or of the protocols involved in executing an event or even from lack of awareness of the hierarchical nature of the team in an event; these deficiencies are what can damage the chances of advancing in the field of live sound reinforcement.

Through this compact 2-month intensive course, SACAC aims to help you navigate the waters of a live event production. The course has been designed with the intentions of introducing the student to the concepts of live sound reinforcement with the content being focused on building a practical workflow rooted in theoretical concepts. This basic to intermediate training module has been carefully designed so that the student can gain the understanding and develop the confidence to look at the micro requirements and deliver the macro.

OBJECTIVE
  • Develop the ability to navigate through the in's and out's of mixers, analog and digital
  • Learn how to set up and optimize a live sound system
  • Learn the nuances of mixing for monitors and front of house
  • Learn the nuances of managing the sound reinforcement for small and large format shows
  • Develop on the practice of interacting with various personnel involved in a live event
  • Develop a more nuanced ear for executing live sound through ear training
CURRICULUM
  • Introduction to the physics of Sound
  • Stage Input Equipment
  • Digital Signal Processors (DSP) & Digital Mixing Consoles
  • Signal flow from performer to audience
  • Setup to sound check
  • Guest Interactions
  • Industry Internships
ELIGIBILITY

Basic knowledge of computer operations, a creative bent of mind, the ability to handle unpredictable situations on the job. An interest in music is an added advantage.

It isn’t essential to have a grasp on the concepts of music or to possess any prior knowledge about playing an instrument. That being said the student that possess an understanding of how an instrument is played and how it is producing and amplifying sound will have a head start and will be able to grasp the more advanced concepts much more easily. Do note that the course is focused on live sound reinforcement; in a professional event environment, this may or may not involve a musical performance.

You will need to be 18 years of age at the time of certification and no prior work experience needed.

ADMISSIONS & FEE

Duration: 2 Months. Saturdays and Sundays.

Fees: INR 75000 /- + applicable GST

Registration Fee: INR 1200/- payable to the Institute via DD/Cheque/Online Transfer

Click here to download the registration form (Fill in all the sections of the form accurately, scan it and email it to [email protected])

PROSPECTS

Live Sound Engineers are required by bands, live music venues and sound vendors alike.

FAQ's

Any prerequisite for this course?
Basic knowledge of computer operations, a creative bent of mind, ability to handle unpredictable situations on the job. An interest in music is an added advantage.

Is it critical to have knowledge of music and musical instruments to apply for this course?
It isn’t essential to have a grasp on the concepts of music or to possess any prior knowledge about playing an instrument. That being said the student that possess an understanding of how an instrument is played and how it is producing and amplifying sound will have a head start and will be able to grasp the more advanced concepts much more easily. Do note that the course is focused on live sound reinforcement; in a professional event environment, this may or may not involve a musical performance.

Is there a minimum age to apply?
You will need to be 18 years of age at the time of certification

Do students require any experience to be accepted?
Not at all

What are the prospects after successful completion of the course?
Live Sound Engineers are required by bands, live music venues and sound vendors alike

Will this course help me in understanding audio recording in a studio environment?
The course delves into the nature of sound also. This doesn’t change if the music is being performed in a studio, what does change, is the interaction of the sound with the acoustic space. The core focus of the rest of the course is the approach to reinforce the sound for it’s ideal representation in an acoustic space and not on recording the audio for ideal manipulation in the studio.

How much does a live sound professional get paid?
It is very dynamic and is very subjective to an engineer’s experience in the industry and what level band/event they are working with

Does this course guarantee me a placement right after completion?
Internships will be provided upon successful completion of the course, depending on the performance through the course duration

What are the modes of payment?
Cheque/Demand Draft/Netbanking. Cash payments not accepted at Sacac

Can one pay in installments?
If a circumstance makes it impossible for you to pay up-front, please reach out and let us know. We only consider payment in installments on a case-case basis.

Is there any other expenditure excluding fee?
No there isn’t.

Would I need to invest in equipment/technology to do the course?
A good pair of earphones that will be specified upon joining the course

How many students are there in a class?
Not exceeding 15

What are the class timings?
Each session will be of 3-4 hour, starting at a fixed time in the first half of the day. There may be exceptions but these are consensual and/or circumstance driven

Are there Faculty other than mentioned on the website to teach us?
You may have the opportunity to participate in interactive sessions, talks, workshops at SACAC Audio School that are relevant to your work and industry.

Is everything ‘in campus’ learning
Yes. The lessons are at the sacac campus. For industry exposure, you will step out

What is the medium of teaching?
Mostly English. Therefore, while not being able to converse in English is fine, you must be able to follow the language easily

Is the institute recognised?
We are an independent, non governmental, not for profit organization affiliated to Sri Aurobindo Society, headquartered at Puducherry

Do you offer residential facility?
SACAC is not a residential school. But the school has students from across the country and even from neighbouring countries in various programmes. Admissions and administration will provide you information and support to settle down comfortably

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