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Introduction to Live Sound Engineering

A practical seminar covering the fundamentals of mixing and operating a sound system in live situations. Demonstrations of core skills,  both analogue and digital desks and an opportunity to see and hear multiple live mixes of music sources in real time.

You Will Learn about:

• Propagation of sound – as applied to live sound reproduction
• Microphones – their use, misuse and correct placement
• Common problems – and how to overcome them
• Mixing skills – introductory orientation and advanced tips
• Gain structure – equalisation, FX and processors
• Loudspeakers – their attributes and how to array them
• Balance engineer – how to advance to creative mixing
• Acoustic considerations – significance and live implications
• Real world mixing – multiple sources, musicians’ foldback
• Digital desks – A to D and signal distribution

Who Should Attend:

• Aspiring engineers who are budding FOH or Monitor Engineers and need to prepare for their career.
• Experienced sound designers or consultants who need to better understand the demands of live sound operation.
• Studio Engineers who may need to tour with their artists and want to understand differences between recording techniques and live sound requirements.
• Musicians who have an interest in how their performance is reproduced and want to appreciate mixing skills.

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Electrical Safety for Sound Engineers

Are you fed up of being sent on generic health and safety courses where the presenter knows nothing about what you do, but knows how to write a risk assessment for an oil rig?  Come and listen to an experienced practitioner in the AV industry who will take you through the principles of electrical safety and provide practical applications in our industry.  Video, control and AV engineers also welcome.

You Will Learn about:

• Circuit theory, mains voltage electricity and DC systems
• Power and current calculations
• The effect of electricity on the human body
• The base principles of electrical safety
• Electrical distribution – single and three-phase supplies
• Earthing and bonding
• Circuit protection
• Personnel protection
• Isolation procedures
• Equipment testing
• Common hazards/mistakes
• How to wire a 13A plug (properly)

Who Should Attend:

• Anyone involved in the design, installation and operation of sound and video systems who want to understand more about electrical safety.

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Voice Alarm System Fundamentals

An engineer’s introduction to the requirements of BS5839-8:2013 detailing the requirements for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of voice alarm systems, along with practical advice and examples.

You Will Learn about:

• Recognising the need for voice alarm
• VA system principles
• The Standards and VA system categories
• Emergency messages and phased evacuation
• Circuits, zones and methods
• Emergency microphones
• VACIE – router facilities
• CIE – fire panel interfacing
• Amplifier topology
• Loudspeaker selection
• Intelligibility requirements
• Speaker line monitoring
• Installation tips

Who Should Attend:

• Anyone involved in specifying, designing or installing voice alarm systems; particularly audio engineers and fire engineers.
• Fire service personnel, facility managers and maintainers will also gain valuable skills.

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Designing for Speech Intelligibility – Using the Speech Transmission Index

Learn the factors that affect and limit the speech intelligibility in a space and how they can be overcome and controlled.

You Will Learn:

• Relevent British and European intelligibility standards
• Intelligibility metrics
• Factors that affect the Speech Transmission Index
• Loudspeaker choice and placement
• Reverberation times
• Direct-to-reverberant ratios
• Signal-to-noise ratios, static and time variant
• Intelligibility limits in an acoustic space
• Measuring the Speech Transmission Index (STI-PA and indirect methods)

Who Should Attend:

Everyone involved in specifying, designing or installing sound systems or voice alarm systems where speech intelligibility is important, including engineers, installers, system designers, estimators, consultants and local authorities.

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Making Waves – Acoustics for Sound Engineers

Learn how to have a better understanding of what happens to sound after it leaves the loudspeakers.

You Will Learn:

• What sound is and how sound travels
• Relationship between the speed of sound, wavelength and frequency
• Amplitude
• How the decibel works
• Equal loudness contours and the implications of
• Frequency weighting
• Point, line and plane sources and their propagation
• Air absorption, reverberation and absorption
• Diffraction, interference, temperature and the speed of sound
• Refraction
• The Doppler effect

Who Should Attend:

All people involved in the sound industry who need to have a better understanding of what happens to sound after it leaves the loudspeakers.

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Voice Alarm Commissioning and Maintenance

A new course, coming soon.

Watch this space for further details.

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Designing a Sound System

A new course, coming soon.

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Basic Electronics for Sound Engineers

A new course, coming soon.

Watch this space for further details.

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