SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2J921904
Module Leader Adam Craig
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Audio Engineering
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

M1J912764 Introduction to Audio Technology M1H620638 Sound Production 1

Summary of Content

This module is designed to develop students' knowledge of issues underpinning sound reinforcement with regards to live sound. Subsequently, students will be expected to learn aspects such as use of appropriate equipment, its correct application and limitations, be familiar with aspects of health and safety when staging a concert/performance, be able to perform a mix for both front-of-house and the artist, and be confident in microphone selection and placement on stage.


Signal Flow and Audio Quality: identifying the equipment used in live sound and how it is connected together, understanding gain staging, understanding the implications of incorrect or faulty connections and incorrectly deployed equipment Health and Safety: Identify hazards and evaluate the risks to others and how hazards can be avoided Acoustics of venue: sound propagation; operation of equipment; optimisation of sound system for room. Microphones: placement on stage, multi-instrument arrays, noise rejection, dynamic range modification. Mixing: Evaluate and optimise a sound source, create mix to production requirements, provide monitor sound systems for performers, provide a basic monitor mix to meet performer needs Sound enhancement: adding time-domain or dynamic effects to sources, using the graphic EQ to correct FOH and Monitor sound Indicative assessment: VLE-hosted class test, focussing on theoretical aspects of the module syllabus approximately half way through the trimester. 30% Prepare appropriate documentation for a sound reinforcement event including a risk assessment. 20% Practical assessment of skills and knowledge through setup , testing and operation of simple sound reinforcement system within a fixed time. 50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:Demonstrate an understanding of signal flow and the interconnections within a sound reinforcement system.Plan an appropriate sound system taking into account the requirements of stakeholders, e.g. artists, promoters, venues, audience acoustics of venueBe aware of appropriate health and safety requirements and produce documentation to demonstrate this understanding in practical situationsAssemble and test and align an effective sound reinforcement system, rectifying faults where foundPerform live mixing effectively for FOH and monitor mixes taking into account the role of effective communications in a live sound situation

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The University 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. Lectures will cover the theoretical principles underpinning the module referring to case studies where appropriate. To allow fully engaged and personalised learning to take place it is planned that full class lectures will be replaced by video presentations as soon as it is practicable which will be accessible from GCU Learn. Students will be directed to view these presentations prior to participating in practical exercises, which in turn will develop the students' practical skills, and illustrate the technical issues raised in the lectures/presentation. Tutorials will consolidate the knowledge gained in both lectures and practicals. In addition recognising that students come to this module with a range of prior experience, assessment will be offered at on a flexible basis through the module, and allow students with significant prior experience to demonstrate their abilities to meet the learning outcomes in abroader and deeper context. Practical exercises will take place at various locations on campus providing opportunities for students to gain significant problem solving opportunities.

Indicative Reading

Biederman, R. and Pattison, P. (2014) Basic Live Sound Reinforement, 1st Edition, Focal Press (ISBN: 978-0240821016) Davis, G. and Jones, R. (1990) Sound Reinforcement Handbook, 2 nd Edition, Hal Leonard (ISBN: 978-0881889000) Gibson, B. (2011) The Ultimate Live Sound Operator's Handbook, 2 nd Edition, Hal Leonard (ISBN: 978-1617805592) Swallow, D. (2010) Live Audio: The Art of Mixing a Show, 1 st Edition, Focal Press (ISBN: 978-0240816043) Industry magazines - Pro Sound News Europe, Audio Media, etc Online manufacturer resources - Peavey, Tannoy, Yamaha, etc

Transferrable Skills

Specialist knowledge and application, Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication skills, written, oral and listening, Effective Information retrieval and research skills, Computer literacy, Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working), Awareness of strengths and weaknesses, Creativity, innovation & independent thinking, Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development, Reliability, integrity, honesty and ethical awareness, Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work), Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership, Presentation skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Practical