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