Fundamentals of Sound Reinforcement – CMUS 329

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/15/2020

Course Description

This course provides training in sound system setup, design, implementation and front of house and monitor mixing for venues, tours and houses of worship. Students will apply their production skills in sound mixing projects using digital console show files and virtual sound check.

Prerequisites

CMUS 218

Rationale

Those who pursue music as a career often need skills in live sound reinforcement scenarios for miking, mixing, and music production. This is particularly true for those training in commercial music. This course will prepare students to understand the fundamentals of sound reinforcement terminology, design sound systems, and apply techniques for live concert production, digital console operation, and live mixing.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Select appropriate miking for various live sound scenarios.
  2. Demonstrate competency in techniques for live audio production.
  3. Apply principles of live audio production to real world scenarios.
  4. Design and integrate live sound systems and components.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250–300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 or more words.

The student will prepare relevant live sound production documentation such as a tour rider, input list, stage plot, and show flow (run) sheet in formats as described in the course materials.

The student will design a simple sound system, providing appropriate brands and models, quantities, and published prices.

The student will live stream LU Convocation the week of the assignment, stream a link provided in Course Materials of a Church on the Move live production, and answer essay questions evaluating and describing these two events.

The student will view the Audinate Dante Level 1 Certification materials (provided) and then take the Audinate Dante Certification exam, providing proof of completing the certification for points in the course.

Each quiz/exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, true/false, and multiple answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. Each quiz may be attempted twice.

The Mid-term Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for Modules/Weeks 1–4. It will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, true/false, and multiple answer questions, and have a 1-hour-and 30-minute time limit.

The Final Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the entire course. It will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice, true/false, and multiple answer questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.