Course Description

Get ready to work in a rapidly changing and demanding audio production and engineering environment. This 24-hour lab-based course will equip you with the basic technical and communication skills that are necessary for the development of a professional live sound engineer. You'll leave this course with an excellent working knowledge of live sound through working directly with the equipment and learning the fundamentals of signal and system theory. Furthermore, you’ll develop and demonstrate these skills through a group assignment threaded throughout the course, providing you with the expertise needed to be part of a technical sound crew and production team.

All course materials are included and accessible in the Brightspace (D2L) learning platform from a classroom/lab computer. You’ll need to bring one USB stick (minimum 32GB) and one pair of closed-back, plug-in headphones (1/8-inch / 3.5mm jack) for use in class throughout the program. 

Note: Registration for this course closes two days before the course start date.

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • discuss the environment and different roles in the development of a live sound engineer
  • explain how to select the proper microphone for a specific application
  • describe various types of audio filters and equalization
  • demonstrate the operation of a mixing console
  • identify various types of loudspeaker systems typically used in the live event
  • discuss how to properly match amplifiers and loudspeakers
  • assess various types of dynamics and effects signal processors
  • demonstrate the correct operation of a sound system.

There are four assignments for this course and one final exam. Most of this coursework will be completed during class time. 100% punctuality, attendance and participation in all classes on campus is required for an optimal learning and job-ready experience. Note there will be some lifting of speaker equipment (maximum 12 kilograms) required.

To request a course outline, contact ConEdAdvising@sait.ca

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If you are taking the Digital Audio Certificate, AUDI-011 Digital Sound is a mandatory prerequisite for this course.     

If you are taking the Event Technician Certificate, AUDI-017 - Introduction to Event Production and Content Creation is a mandatory prerequisite for this course.     

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Intro to Live Sound Engineering
Laboratory - In Person
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jan 06, 2024 to Jan 27, 2024
Laboratory - In Person
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jan 06, 2024 to Jan 27, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Main Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee non-credit $599.00
Potential Discount(s)
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 01, 2023 to Jan 12, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 01, 2023 to Jan 12, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jan 13, 2024 to Jan 20, 2024
Required Software
(1) USB stick (min. 32GB), (1) pair closed-back, plug-in headphones (1/8-inch /3.5mm jack). You’ll use these supplies in all courses for the Digital Audio program.
Reading List / Textbook

All course materials are included in tuition fees. Optional reference: “The Sound Reinforcement Handbook” (2nd Edition) written for Yamaha by Gary Davis & Ralph Jones ISBN 0881889008.

Section Notes

Before Course Start – Campus Access:

If you have any questions, contact ConEdAdvising@sait.ca

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