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Core Skills Training

The ISCE Core Skills programme of courses is designed to cover a wide range of applications including Live Sound, Voice Alarm, Acoustics, Electrical Safety and more…

Further details for each course are listed on this page. To register your interest in any of these training courses please follow the link to ‘Register Your Interest’, supply a few basic details and one of our course administrators will get in touch with you directly.

Introduction to Audio in AV

Dive into the World of professional audio and develop a key understanding of fundamental theories that shape AV. Learn everything you need to know about:

The History of Audio; Acoustics 101: What is sound?; Microphones and transducers; Correct Gain Staging; Mixers and Digital Signal Processing, Amplification: Low-Z vs Constant Voltage; Loudspeakers: Point Source and Arrays; Audio Networking Overview; Assistive Listening

You will learn...

  • The History of Audio
  • Acoustics 101: What is sound?
  • Microphones and transducers
  • Correct Gain Staging
  • Mixers and Digital Signal Processing
  • Amplification: Low-Z vs Constant Voltage
  • Loudspeakers: Point Source and Arrays
  • Audio Networking Overview
  • Assistive Listening

You will leave with a full understanding of the audio signal flow – from waves to volts, 1s and 0s and back again.

Who Should Attend?

  • This is the perfect course for anyone who is new to the world of audio and wants to learn the basics, or a seasoned pro who wants to brush up on a concept or two.

Audio for AV Engineers

Can I have more A with my V, please? Come along and listen to an experienced practitioner in the AV industry who will take you through why sound is important and how to make it better: in short to match your A to your V. This course looks at the theory and practice of audio within the AV industry. We will discuss loudspeakers, microphones, amplifiers, analogue and digital signal transmission and think about optimising sound systems for classrooms, meeting rooms, boardrooms and other environments. This course is designed for System Architects, Installation Engineers and is intended to be a useful day with plenty of time for questions and discussion to suit your needs.

You will learn...

  • How our hearing works
  • How poor audio affects us as listeners
  • Basic acoustics and audio principles
  • How to assess loudspeaker performance
  • How to assess microphone performance
  • How best to position loudspeakers and microphones for optimum results
  • What is gain structure
  • How electronic signals pass through audio systems
  • Balanced and unbalanced lines
  • Digital transmission systems
  • Amplifiers, 100V line and low impedance systems
  • Commissioning audio systems

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone involved in the design, installation and operation of sound and video systems wanting to understand more about sound.

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,  utilising analogue and digital desks and an opportunity to see and hear multiple live mixes of music sources in real time.

You will learn...

  • 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.

Electrical Safety for Sound Engineers

Would you like to 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.  Are you fed up of being sent on generic health and safety courses where presenters knows little about what you do, but know how to write a risk assessment for an oil rig?  This course is designed for Sound Engineers as well as Video, Control and AV Engineers too.

You Will Learn...

  • 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)
  • Temporary Power Arrangements (BS7909)

Who Should Attend?

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

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...

  • 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?

If you are involved in specifying, designing or installing voice alarm systems, particularly audio engineers and fire engineers but also fire service personnel, facility managers and system maintainers will gain valuable skills.

Voice Alarm Designers Qualification to BS5839 pt8:2013

The aim of course is primarily to provide a qualification which demonstrates that the course attendee is competent to design a voice alarm to the requirements of BS5839 pt8:2013. The course ends with an open book exam, which the attendee must achieve 75% to receive the qualification.

A register of qualified persons is kept by the ISCE, and this is reviewed every 3 years.  Attendees who pass the course are required to take a refresher course within 3 ½ years to stay on the register. If an attendee signs off a system which is not up to standard, and they cannot demonstrate the variations and documents agreed by the relevant parties, then they can be removed from the register.

The course will be set over two days finishing with an examination.

You Will Learn...

  • The need for a voice alarm
  • Exchange of information and Responsibilities
  • What to do with Variations
  • Types of system- and relationship between type and evacuation plan
  • Interfacing with the FACIE
  • System Components:

      • VACIE
      • Power Amplifiers
      • Ambient Noise Sensing
      • Emergency Microphones
      • Message Generators
      • Network
      • Power Supplies
      • Battery Calculations
      • Loudspeakers
      • Priorities

  • Monitoring and Fault indication especially external Circuits
  • Loudspeaker Zones and relationship to detection zones
  • Acoustically Distinguishable Areas (ADA)
  • The prescriptive loudspeaker design method, and when it can be used
  • Emergency Messages
  • Audibility and Intelligibly of messages
  • Cables and interconnections, and Radio linked Systems
  • Installation Practices ,workmanship, Inspection and testing of wiring
  • Commissioning
  • Documentation
  • Certification
  • Acceptance
  • Verification
  • Routine Testing and Maintenance
  • User Responsibilities

Who Should Attend?

The course is aimed at the following parties;

  • VA System Designers – to design qualifying system to section 6 of the standard and to enforce professional indemnity
  • Commissioning Engineers – to show compliance with section 35.2 of the standard
  • Architects – to understand the fundamental requirements of voice alarms
  • M&E Consultants – to better understand how to specify voice alarms
  • Fire Engineering Consultants – to understand how Voice alarm can enhance evacuation strategy
  • Acoustic Consultants – to understand the role of the VACIE
  • Local Authority Enforcement Officers – to understand what is being demonstrated and why

Designing a Sound System

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The Ins and Outs of Microphones

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