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MASTER THE ART OF LIVE SOUND ENGINEERING
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In the Caribbean Live Music Sector, there is the need for skilled operators of Sound Systems. While some operators have obtained formal training from local agencies, many have learnt by trial and error and therefore require knowledge of the theory underpinning sound systems operations. In addition to this, some operators are desirous of improving and upgrading their skills in line with international best practices. This programme is designed to satisfy the demand of both types of participants.

At the end of this course, students will:

  • Explain the theory underpinning the operation of live sound systems, without assistance.
  • Select appropriate equipment for Live Sound Engineering tasks, with minimal assistance.
  • Use Live Sound Engineering equipment to a level judged satisfactory by the instructor.
  • Co-operate with peers on various live sound projects, with supervision.
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Course Content:

  • Fundamentals of Acoustics and Electricity
  • Connectors and Cable Design
  • Microphone Theory and Techniques
  • Mixing Console Design and Operation
  • Audio Processing Tools and Techniques
  • Speakers and Cabinets
  • Selecting and Using Amplifiers
  • IP Audio and Networking
  • Set Up and Operation of Front of House and Monitor Systems
  • Live Mixing Techniques
  • Introduction to Sound Recording and Music Production
  • Creative Enterprise Management

Each student that completes our training and assignments receive a Certificate of Completion from our institution. In addition to this, students may opt to pursue the Level 2 Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) in Live Sound Engineering by completing a portfolio and assessment process. The CVQ is an award by CARICOM and is recognized throughout the region. 

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Next Start Date: Oct 1st to Dec 17th, 2019

Meeting Times: Tues 5:30-8:00 PM

Cost: $2500

Hardware Requirements: All participants MUST have access to a reliable internet service for private study.

Software Requirements: None

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At DianJen we provide industry standard hardware and software for our students . Our facility is equipped with an acoustically treated recording studio with full Live Room for live recording demonstrations. We also have an assortment of microphones, mixing consoles and audio interfaces for demonstrations and classroom use.

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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Farley J. Joseph
Farley J. JosephInstructor, Live Sound Engineering
Mr Farley J. Joseph possesses significant experience in the fields of Music Management, Production and Music Education. As a Live Sound Engineer, he has worked with bands and theatre groups at top venues in Trinidad and Tobago, including: Queen’s Hall, Naparima Bowl, The Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) and the Cipriani College Auditorium. Additionally, he has conducted audio consultancy and workshops in Live Sound Engineering for churches such as Point Fortin Open Bible, Siparia Open Bible and Victorious Kingdom Ambassadors Assembly.

Academically, Mr Joseph won the Newman Alexander Prize for the Best Music Major, when he graduated at the top of his class at the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine Campus (UWI); with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Arts and a minor in Cultural Studies with First Class Honours. He was then awarded a scholarship by the Trinidad and Tobago Government and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music Business with a concentration in Music Technology at New York University (NYU). In New York Mr. Joseph also worked as a Teaching and Production Assistant at the prominent, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where he had the opportunity to work with numerous bands and student groups . Mr Joseph is also the holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design from the UWI, and a Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Association of Business Executives (ABE) and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) in New York.

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  • Free Learning Materials
  • Access to Our World Class Learning Management System
  • Ultra Modern Facilities
  • Guest Lectures
  • Access to Audio Journals & Magazines
  • Special Workshops & Seminars
  • Recording Opportunities
  • Recording Studio Experience
  • Access to Internships and Practical Opportunities
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A Closer Look at What You Will Learn

At the end of this unit, participants will: explain how sound waves are generated, discuss the concepts of frequency, period and wavelength, evaluate sound absorption and reflection concepts, examine the acoustic properties of different surfaces and materials, explain units of sound measurement; e.g. decibels, hertz, operate sound measurement equipment and conduct signal analysis.

At the end of this unit, participants will: explain the uses of the various audio cables, use Direct Injection Boxes, assess the significance of impedance and how it relates to balanced and unbalanced cables, demonstrate safe practices in using soldering iron: observing temperature, make balanced and unbalanced cables- XLRF-XLRM, TRS-XLR, TS-TS etc.

At the end of this unit, participants will: understand the various types of microphones- Dynamic, Condenser and Ribbon, explain the directional and frequency characteristics of each type of microphone- Polar Patterns- Cardiod, Figure Eight and Omnidirectional, apply phantom power to relevant microphones, examine the proximity effect, apply different miking techniques.

At the end of this unit, participants will: evaluate the features and operating procedures of different types of Mixing Consoles- Analog, Digital and Powered, explain signal flow and each control on the channel strip, follow the proper procedures to connect and power on/off the Mixing Console.
At the end of this unit, participants will:

  • Examine the function and operation of EQ and various filters.
  • Apply dynamic processing tools to recorded music- Compressors, Limiters, Noise Gates, and Expanders.
  • Use Reverb, Delay and Echo on Musical Productions.
  • Interface external effects units with the Mixing Console.
At the End of this unit, Participants will: Identify and explain speaker operation and types, set-up and place speaker cabinets in appropriate area of the venue, explore Speaker Specifications including: Feedback and frequency response, examine categories of Speaker Placement- Front-of-house, Fill, Monitors and In- Ear Monitoring Systems.
At the End of this unit, Participants will: discuss the types and functions of amplifiers, connect amplifiers at the appropriate points in the audio signal chain and examine amplifier power ratings and connect to appropriate speakers.
At the End of this unit, Participants will: select and Set-up the components of a Public Address/ Sound Reinforcement System, perform a basic line and sound check, identify and Explain the different types and designs of Monitors, set up and Place Monitors in the designated areas and collaborate with Artists, Musicians and Venue.
At the End of this unit, Participants will: Manipulate sound levels, demonstrate feedback minimization procedures, apply EQ to FOH and Monitor Systems and prepare and Trigger Sound Ques in theatrical performances.
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FAQs

This course is software agnostic- not focused on teaching any one application. We focus on teaching music production concepts and view software as a tool. You can therefore use any DAW with sequencing and music making capabilities.

Yes! All participants completing the programme and coursework assignments receive a Certificate of Completion from DianJen. Participants desirous of certification that is recognized throughout the Caribbean have the option of pursuing the Caribbean Vocational Qualification which is awarded by the National Training Agency.

Yes! You receive a $100 discount for full payment at registration. However, you can choose to make 2 monthly payments for the Rising Star plan or 4 monthly payments for the Music Pro plan. (See Tuition Fees & Payment Plan section)

The Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) is a CARICOM approved award that represents achievement of a set of competencies which define core work practices in the fields of Sound Recording and Music Production. To earn an award, candidates must demonstrate competence in reaching CARICOM-approved occupational standards by completing a portfolio and undergoing an assessment process.

The CVQ is recognized & portable qualification in CARICOM / Rest of the World. It has parallel standing with academic qualifications at the same level and provides evidence that you have met minimum regional standards in Sound Recording and Music Production. Your past work experience and skills also count towards the CVQ.
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Tuition Fees & Payment Plans

Debut

$1750 TTD
  • Full Course Tuition
  • DianJen Certificate of Completion

Live Pro

$2500TTD
  • Full Course Tuition
  • DianJen Certificate of Completion
  • CVQ Level 2- Live Sound Engineering