Live Sound Techniques

10 Units

This course considers the use of audio equipment in the scenario of live music performance. Students will study a range of topics associated with sound reinforcement systems for music. This may include information about amplification equipment, safety issues, system configuration for various locations, microphone usage, room acoustics, cabling, basic electronic principles and monitoring. By the completion of the course they will obtain an understanding of many industry-standard practices in live sound.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Creative Arts
Availability Trimester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

By the end of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of audio amplification equipment;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the configuration of live sound systems;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of basic electronics principles as applied to live sound;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of gain structure and signal flow and be able to approach problem solving logically;
  5. possess a knowledge of (and practically apply) safety and maintenance concerns;
  6. demonstrate the ability to use email, access web-based resources and to participate in electronic discussion groups.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Mixers
  • Speakers
  • Amplifiers
  • Power loading
  • Basic electronics
  • Compressors
  • Effects Units
  • Signal Flow
  • Gain Structure
Replacing Course(s) This course replaces no existing courses. No courses offered within the University provides a similar focus on Music Technology applications at postgraduate level. This course will have no impact on other Faculties or Schools.
Transition This course requires no transitional arrangements.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Students undertaking this course are required to have minimum levels of computer literacy and musical ability as necessary for entry into the Master of Music Technology and Graduate Certificate in Music Technology programs. No additional assumed knowledge is required. (Further details of the levels expected are available from the program convener.)
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: On-line - Assessment Item #1 (30% of total assessment) - This assessment will be in the form of an online test. It will require answers to be completed using an Internet Browser which may include (but are not limited to) short answers and multiple choice questions. Questions may include the use of visual and aural musical material. Questions will be selected from the topics studied in the first few weeks of the trimester.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item #2 (30% of total assessment) - This assessment will require a written report outlining the configuration and operational elements of live sound systems. Students will need to demonstrate their knowledge of system components by logically arranging specified equipment into a functional system(s) while considering the requirements of the location.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item #3 (30% of total assessment) - This assessment will require a detailed report outlining the specifications of live sound systems to accomodate specific scenarios. Students will need to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of live sound through the development of complex sound reinforcements systems to suit specific venues.
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - Assessment Item #4 (10% of total assessment) - Students will need to provide evidence of online class participation and activities from throughout the duration of the trimester. The summary should include evidence about the frequency, content and relevancy of their online contributions. This may include information from discussion forms, virtual chats sessions, email communication, etc.
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for MTEC6704

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