OPTION 1: 16-Day Unit
Day 1 Identify major aspects of Sound Reinforcement and Sound Design. Describe the responsibilities of the FOH Sound Engineer, Audio Crew, and Sound Designer. Recognize basic elements of sound, and how components of an audio/sound system can shape and process sound so the audience hears exactly what the director wants them to hear.
Day 2 Review the material from Day 1 Differentiate areas of a theatre, and investigate how different audio sources travel to each of these areas.
Examine the responsibilities of different members of a typical audio crew.
Day 3 Summarize the Signal Path of the components of a Sound System. Differentiate between common audio sources in live theatre, and analyze which equipment is appropriate for these sources.
Day 4 Differentiate between common microphones, and the appropriate audio hardware needed to run those sources. Plan, prepare, and set up different microphones, depending on the hardware available at each school.
Day 5 Written Assessment #1
Day 6 Distinguish between the different controls on an audio mixer. Examine the function of the Gain and Equalization sections of a mixer.
Day 7 Further examine each remaining section of an audio mixer, in preparation for actually operating the mixer. Investigate the functions of Amplifiers and Speakers, and how they function. Operate an analog audio system under the guidance of the teacher.
Day 8 Decide if and when a performance space needs to be tuned. Troubleshoot room acoustics to solve equalization problems.
Day 9 Examine the advantages and disadvantages of Digital Mixing Consoles (DMCs). Develop parameters for different DMC configurations (“Scenes” or “Snapshots”), derived from a list of regularly scheduled events in your performance space the last 3 years.
Day 10 Analyze how to control a specific DMC (Soundcraft Performer SI). Configure and operate a specific DMC (depending on what kind of console your facility has).
Day 11 Written Assessment
Day 12 Diagnose common problems that occur during performances. Troubleshoot solutions for common audio problems.
Day 13-15 Examine, in detail, the function and operation of different components of a typical audio system. Operate the audio system in your performance space. Assess the safety the audio system in your performance space, and propose fixes to the instructor if appropriate.
Day 16 Written Assessment