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The course takes place at Cork Hall @ McCabes Irish Pub & Grill

352 King St W, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada N2G 1B7

Map To McCabes

The course runs every Sunday from December 18, 2016 to March 5, 2017

From 2:00PM to 4:00PM

Sunday December 25, 2016 and Sunday January 1, 2017 are excluded

A total of 10 weeks

Cost: Each session is $20.00 cash.

There will be guest speakers from industry throughout the 10 weeks.

To get signed up and registered please email:


Please provide your full name and phone number and which dates you would like to attend. Students under 18 years of age must provide contact info from a Legal Guardian.

Course Outline and Schedule

Module 1 (December 18, 2016)

Introduction to Live Sound

Definition of Sound Reinforcement

Properties of Sound

FOH, Monitoring, Recording/Broadcast

Audio Terminology

Source Variations: Mic vs. Line

Module 2 (January 8, 2017)

Cabling / Gain Structure. Digital / Analog

Types of Cabling and their uses

Sound Amplification Hardware: Solid State vs. Tube

Inboard / Outboard Inserts

Digital vs. Analog: Benefits and Limitations

Module 3 (January 15, 2017)

Understanding Audio Mixing Consoles

Digital Console Navigation

Analog Console Navigation

FX: Out-Board FX compared to On-Board FX / Plug-ins

Module 4 (January 22, 2017)

Equalization, Compression and Gates

Frequency spectrum

Pink Noise

Equalization and Compression Properties

Equalization - Types:  Graphic, Parametric, Notch

Compression - Types:  Full-Band, Multi-band, Limiter

Gates, Properties and types

Module 5 (January 29, 2017)

Auxiliary Sends and Efffects

Serial FX Inserts, Parallel FX Inserts

Time FX: Delay Reverb, Flange, Chorus

Amplitude FX: Compressors, Expanders, Gates

Filter FX: EQ, Envelope filters

Digital FX: EQ, Pitch Shift

Monitor Sends: Pre FX send, Post FX Sends

Module 6 (February 5, 2017)

Output, Speakers, Monitors

How Speakers work

Speaker types: Full range, Bi-Amp, Tri-Amp

Speaker configurations: Wedges, Side Wash, Side Fill, IEM, Sub Woofer, Horns

Amplifiers, types and Applications

Cross Over: Passive, Active

Connections: Types and Applications

Module 7&8 (February 12&19, 2017)

Virtual Soundcheck (Multi-track)

Setting gains for individual Channels

Ringing out System, Feedback

Mixing: Setting up a Mix for Monitors, Setting up a Mix for FOH

EQ for Mixing, creating space in the Mix

Module 9&10 (February 26 & March 5, 2017)

Real Life Soundcheck with a Band

Stage setup

Microphone Selection and Placement

Monitor Setup