AUDIO INTRODUCED

For those just starting their audio journey or audio techs looking to add a foundation of theory to their experience.

Part 1 - How Sound Works

Paul Hartsook

For those just starting their audio journey or audio techs looking to add a foundation of theory to their experience.  Topics covered include sound waves and signal flow, the parts of a sound system, and connecting it together. This class is interactive and may include a hands-on component. There are no prerequisites for this class.

Part 2 - The Mixer

Paul Hartsook

The mixer is the heart of the sound system. In this class you will learn the basics of gain structure, equalization, dynamics and aux mixes. May include a hands-on component. Attendance of class "Audio Introduced Part 1" is recommended.

Part 3 - The Stage

Paul Hartsook

The mixer is the heart of the sound system. In this class you will learn the basics of gain structure, equalization, dynamics and aux mixes. May include a hands-on component. Attendance of class "Audio Introduced Part 1" is recommended.

AUDIO FUNDAMENTALS

These classes are for volunteers and leaders who have a few years experience.

Audio Fundamentals - Sound Systems

Lloyd Smith

Review sound system types, sources and equipment. Focus in on signal flow and gain structure and how they differ between analog and digital mixers.  Some previous audio experience or training is recommended for this class.

Audio Fundamentals - EQ

Lloyd Smith

Take your audio mix to the next level by participating in this focused look at equalization. Topics covered include graphic vs. parametric EQ, and standard instrument frequency responses. Some previous audio experience or training is required for this class.

Audio Fundamentals - Dynamics

Lloyd Smith

Learn about dynamic processing, focusing in on when and how to use compressors and gates on every channel in your mix. Some previous audio experience or training is recommended for this class.

Live Mixing

Shane Painter

A well balanced mix is a result of proper sound checks and active listening.  This class will explore the key steps to running a sound check and mixing live in a church setting.  This class includes a limited hands-on component and will feature live musicians. Some previous audio experience or training is recommended for this class.

Overcoming Bad Acoustics

Shane Painter

If your church meets in Gymnasium or any other room with bad acoustics this class is for you.  Explore best practices for speaker locations and learn how to control your audio mix in a live space.  This class will be in the Gym and will be supported by live musicians. Some previous audio experience or training is recommended for this class.

AUDIO ADVANCED

For volunteers and leaders who have been working with sound systems for a number of years.

Mastering EQ

Dwayne Plishka

Take your audio mix to the next level by participating in this focused look at equalization. Topics covered include graphic vs. parametric EQ, EQ and equal loudness curves, and standard instrument frequency responses. More than 5 years audio experience or previous training is required for this class.

Mastering Dynamics

Nathan Picklyk

Gain an appreciation for the finer details concerning Compressors, Gates, De-essers and more. Topics include threshold, ratio and gain; transient response, attack, hold and release; single channel vs group processing; tying in crest factor, dynamics, EQ and perceived loudness. More than 5 years audio experience or previous training is required for this class.

Mastering Effects

Nathan Picklyk

Todays digital consoles have powerful effects engines built in.  This class will detail best practices for using audio effects and explore how style and your acoustic environment play a role in using these important tools. More than 5 years audio experience or previous training is required for this class.

Band Monitors

Dwayne Plishka

This class will explore the systems and tools that can improve a band’s experience and make us techs look like the rock stars!  Learn how to effectively mix for stage wedges, drum fills and In Ear Monitors. Previous knowledge on stage monitors and IEM's is required for this class.

Demystifying Audio and Acoustics

d&b Audiotechnik

No matter how well designed your electrical signal path, the acoustic signal path between the loudspeaker and the listener's ear will always be more destructive. Demystifying Audio is a refreshing and engaging exploration of the fundamentals of audio and acoustics. Practical examples and experiments help to reinforce the interactions between loudspeakers and
rooms.

AUDIO EXPERTS

For Tech Directors, Leaders or Volunteers with many years experience.

Ear Training

Dwayne Plishka

Develop your ability to hear and identify the key features of a well-balanced and artistic audio mix.  Learn how listen and evaluate a live mix in your auditorium verses a broadcast mix in headphones or reference monitors.  Discuss ways to train volunteers on how to listen. Open your ears to a heightened level of listening, and gain a new appreciation for the art of mixing. More than 5 years audio experience or previous training is required for this class.

Line Array Theory

d&b Audiotechnik

A product agnostic look at how line arrays function: both in theory and reality. Examples of different line array configurations will be demonstrated, how they sound, and why they sound the way they do. The class will cover the construction of line source cabinets versus point source boxes.