Live Sound and Stage
LEVEL: Beginner - Intermediate
DURATION: 3 Months
SCHEDULE: Meets Weekends
Imagine being on stage, performing with your band, and you think you sound great. But you look out at the audience, and everyone is running for the door.
Anyone who performs in front of an audience needs to understand how sound and lighting systems work. The more you know about how things work on stage, the easier it will be for you to deliver a memorable performance.
Smart bands and DJ's will invest in their own sound systems. Eventually, this investment becomes a source of rental income and a great way to leverage a headlining spot at your local festival.
Our instructors have produced and performed at thousands of shows. We know how to make you sound great on stage.
This Course Includes Field Training (Live at Concerts and Shows)
+ Full Course Description
How many times have you gone to see a great band and the sound was horrible? This happens even more often with local bars and clubs.
Anyone involved in putting together a live performance for a band, church, school, or other function should learn this skill set.
The Live Sound and Stage Production course covers the creative and technical aspects of live sound reinforcement and stage lighting. Students learn how to set up, maintain, and operate sound and lighting systems for live performances.
We explore sound reinforcement concepts and terminology in a way that is easy to understand.
Students participate in every aspect of the live performance including equipment and instrument set up, troubleshooting, getting sounds up, ringing out monitors, sound checking, feedback control, mixing the live performance, and tearing down the instruments and equipment.
Students will get to work with real bands on a real stage with a real sound system – it doesn’t get any better than that!
+ Key Subjects Covered
- Sound reinforcement concepts and terminology
- Signal routing for live sound
- Interfacing with musicians
- Essentials of power-electricity
- Safety issues
- Microphone design
- Sound system design and functionality including monitor and ‘front-of-house’ systems
- Sound and Acoustic Design
- Feedback control
- Set up, operation, and maintenance of sound systems
- Introduction to live mixing
- Stage etiquette and staging
- Advanced Stage and monitor mixing techniques
- Career opportunities in sound and lighting production
WHY DO YOU NEED
Anyone involved in performing or producing live events:
We talk about controlling your sound in the Recording and Mixing course. But there’s more than one way to control your sound.
Studio sound is one thing. Live sound is another animal altogether.
Live sound is an art form that requires a balance of technical expertise and creative design. If you plan to perform on stage, then you need to learn how sound (and lighting) systems operate.
Every venue will have someone who runs the house system. The more you know about sound and stage production, the more likely you will be able to work with the house sound team to ensure your performance doesn’t sound like mud.
Or you could hang out backstage and pretend to be cool.
Getting trained doesn’t mean you have to work alone. It just means you gain the right skills, so you can choose how it gets done.