Sound Engineering

Sound Engineering 20-week Course:
20-Week (2 terms) Night Course 
This course is for:
Beginners, and assumes no previous knowledge or experience of Sound Engineering 
Those with some experience, who wish to improve their skills
Those with a serious interest in training as Sound Engineers
It is Hands-On from Week 1, and covers the basics of Sound Engineering and also some more advanced procedures and techniques.
Term 1, Tuesday 10th October – Tuesday 12th December 2017
Term 2, Tuesday 9th January – Tuesday 13th March 2018
Duration of course:
One 2-hour lesson per week for 20 weeks, divided into 2 terms 
7:00pm – 9:00pm prompt, each Tuesday Night
€240 (€6 per hour) 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 8 (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 Student’s Mix
11    Phase: Avoid, recognise and fix phase and hear how it  can wreck recordings
12    Automation: Modes, Manual and on the fly, Creating  dynamic Mixes
13    Compressors: Attack & Release, Side-chain, Gate,  Limiters & multi-band
14    EQ: Anatomy of sound, harmonics, spectral editing, breaking sound into  its component parts
15    Reverb & Delay – recreating individual acoustic spaces and manipulation  for a 3 dimensional feel
16    Microphones: Understanding the specifications, Stereo mic  techniques for drum overheads/ensembles etc
17    Noise reduction, Editing, Advanced processing and Drum  replacement
18    Routing and Busses: Analogue & Digital Mixers
19    Mixing exercise II: Tutor demonstrates full band  recording mix. Students watch, ask questions & take home wav files & Mix  recording
20    Cover more of the Plug-ins not yet covered on the course. Certificates awarded & final questions answered.