Sound Engineering Foundation Courses

Sound Engineering 20-week Foundation Course: **NOW BOOKING**
20-Week Night Course 
This is a Foundation Course, which will provide a solid preparation for applying for related Fetac (QQI) Level 5 & Level 6 and Degree courses in Sound Engineering, Multi-Media Studies, Radio Programme Production, Film & Television Sound, Sound for Games, Music Production and much more

As well as a preparation for a related Diploma or Degree, this course is also for:
Beginners, and assumes no previous knowledge or experience of Sound Engineering 
Those with some experience, who wish to improve their skills

Hands-On from Week 1, covering the basics of Sound Engineering and also some more advanced procedures and techniques, please see a full week-by-week breakdown below  
Wednesday 9th January 
until Wednesday 22nd May 2019 
Duration of course:
One 2-hour lesson per week for 20 weeks, divided into 2 terms (one 3-hour lesson on week 19)
7:00pm (prompt) – 9:00pm, each Tuesday Night
€400  A non-refundable deposit of €50 will secure your place. Any balance to be paid in advance, before commencement of course
Class Size:
Minimum 5, maximum 10 (for optimum learning and plenty of hands-on experience time)
If we are unable to get a minimum of 5 participants, this course may be postponed

Lesson-by-Lesson breakdown of Sound Engineering Course:
01    Intro to Mixing Desk  topology, Mic pre-amps, connections between Mixer & Computer Audio Interface, & introduction to software
02    Auxiliary sends: Headphone mixes, Effects sends/returns
03    Reverb: What it is, When to use it, Main controls
04    Compressors: Dynamic range, Controls, Uses, Special
05    EQ (Equaliser): Frequency response, Controls, Frequency  juggling, Subtractive EQ
06    Microphones: Types (Dynamic, Condenser, Electret) their uses and  differences & mic-ing up many different instruments
07    Mixing exercise I: Tutor demonstrates full mix of singer-songwriter  recording, & students watch and ask questions
08    Recording Practice: Setting up headphone mix & Talkback,  Project preparation in Reaper
09    Recording: Students mic up & record a live singer-songwriter guided by  tutor, take wav files home & Mix recording
10    Listen to & discuss/analyse Students Mixes & demonstrate  Mastering a Mix
11    Phase: Avoid, recognise & fix and hear how it can wreck recordings + Automation: Modes, Manual and on the fly, Creating dynamic Mixes
12    Compressors: Attack & Release, Side-chain, Gate,  Limiters & multi-band
13    EQ: Anatomy of sound, harmonics, spectral editing, breaking sound into  its component parts
14    Reverb & Delay – recreating individual acoustic spaces and manipulation  for a 3 dimensional feel
15    Microphones: Understanding the specifications, Stereo mic  techniques for drum overheads/ensembles etc
16    Editing, Noise reduction, Advanced processing and Drum  replacement
17     Mix Practice: Tutor demonstrates mix of a full band: Drums, Bass, Guitar & Vocals. Students watch and ask questions
18    Recording practice: Mic up & record Drums and Amps
19    Recording: Students mic up & record a full band (3 hour lesson) guided by  tutor, take wav files home & Mix recording
20    Cover more of the Plug-ins not yet covered on the course. Certificates awarded & final questions answered.