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Introduction to Sound

Short study – adults and young people

Introduction

The performance venues at the Royal Conservatoire are fitted with world-class, cutting-edge, custom-built sound systems. The equipment in these venues puts us at the forefront of live audio reproduction in Scotland.

The Chandler Studio Theatre is a versatile and interesting space for sound designers to explore and within which to create. Its size allows for very precise and controlled applications of audio technology in live production and it is a fantastic space for learning. Using these facilities allows prospective sound engineers and students to fully explore their potential, having the opportunity to work with industry standard equipment in a professional working environment.

This course will provide an informative and comprehensive introduction to the physics, techniques and equipment used in live sound engineering for live venues and the theatre. Students will have the opportunity to get hands-on with industry-leading equipment and learn some of the tricks used by theatre sound engineers in delivering excellence on the live stage.

High quality sound is absolutely essential for the success of most contemporary theatre productions. It is also one of the most intriguing and elusive subjects in the theatre, with ‘good sound’ only being achieved with the correct mix of equipment, room acoustics and technical know-how. Being able to visualise, specify, install and operate the right balance of equipment to suit a production venue and budget are all essential skills and this course will explore the fundamental building blocks of modern sound systems and their use on stage.

The course will be a mix of classic lectures, practical demonstrations, group discussions, hands-on training and experiential learning.

Students will be encouraged to explore the equipment and to get to know its operation in a practical and meaningful way throughout the short course.

Introduction

The performance venues at the Royal Conservatoire are fitted with world-class, cutting-edge, custom-built sound systems. The equipment in these venues puts us at the forefront of live audio reproduction in Scotland.

The Chandler Studio Theatre is a versatile and interesting space for sound designers to explore and within which to create. Its size allows for very precise and controlled applications of audio technology in live production and it is a fantastic space for learning. Using these facilities allows prospective sound engineers and students to fully explore their potential, having the opportunity to work with industry standard equipment in a professional working environment.

This course will provide an informative and comprehensive introduction to the physics, techniques and equipment used in live sound engineering for live venues and the theatre. Students will have the opportunity to get hands-on with industry-leading equipment and learn some of the tricks used by theatre sound engineers in delivering excellence on the live stage.

High quality sound is absolutely essential for the success of most contemporary theatre productions. It is also one of the most intriguing and elusive subjects in the theatre, with ‘good sound’ only being achieved with the correct mix of equipment, room acoustics and technical know-how. Being able to visualise, specify, install and operate the right balance of equipment to suit a production venue and budget are all essential skills and this course will explore the fundamental building blocks of modern sound systems and their use on stage.

The course will be a mix of classic lectures, practical demonstrations, group discussions, hands-on training and experiential learning.

Students will be encouraged to explore the equipment and to get to know its operation in a practical and meaningful way throughout the short course.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Entry requirements

This is an open access course with no specific entry requirements.

Preparing for your course

Recommended Reading: Basics – A Beginner’s Guide to Stage Sound

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Basics-Beginners-Guide-Stage-Sound/dp/1904031277/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349098279&sr=1-4

Please also make us aware of your previous experience with live audio and/or theatre sound (if any).

Short course feedback

“A fantastic course that catered to the experience of every student who attended it; from those who had no prior experience to those who knew the basics already. The tutor explained everything clearly and was always on hand to answer questions and we were provided with a range of different desks to work with.”

– Introduction to Sound student, 2013

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for beginners as well as those with intermediate levels of experience. Previous experience may be useful but is not essential. It is suitable for young adults and adult learners aged 17 and above. The only requirement is an active interest in live sound reproduction for theatre or live music venues .

Teaching staff

Jevan Burchell

Jevan graduated from Glyndwr University, Wrexham with an undergraduate degree in Studio Recording and Performance Technology and also from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education.

Theatre credits include Jerry Springer the Opera, Spring Awakening, Wizard of Oz, Cannibal the Musical, Only the Brave, Beauty & the Beast, Rocket Science and First Lady Peace. Alongside a career in theatre Jevan has also worked as an in-house sound technician for The Liquid Rooms, RSAMD, Edinburgh University, Pleasance Theatre Trust, Clwyd Theatre Cymru and Calon FM; also as a contract sound engineer for Banana Row Music, Edinburgh Sounds, Candid Cabaret, Spillers Pantomimes, Diamond Events, Whateversonic Productions, Cameron Presentations, Big Hand, Afterworks Entertainments and GB Audio.