Training Events

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.

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.

Designing for Speech Intelligibility

How would you like to learn the factors affecting and limiting speech intelligibility in a space or environment 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?

If you are 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, this course will benefit you.

Making Waves – Acoustics for Sound Engineers

Learn how to have a better understanding of what happens to sound after it leaves 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?

If you are involved in audio related industries and need to have a better understanding of what happens to sound after it leaves the loudspeakers, this is the course for you.

Voice Alarm Commissioning and Maintenance

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Designing a Sound System

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The Ins and Outs of Microphones

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