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Introduction to Sound

Short Study for Adults

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.

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.

Areas that the course will cover will include:

  • Understanding the history of sound for theatre
  • Tour of RSC venues
  • Basic sound system equipment and set up
  • Success in the theatre sound industry and beyond
  • Sound team collaboration
  • Our sonic environment
  • Sourcing sound effects
  • Radio mics and radio mic fitting

There will be opportunities to reflect and discuss concepts and you will be encouraged to share your ideas with the other students.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at lifelong@rcs.ac.uk or 0141 270 8213.

 

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.

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.

Areas that the course will cover will include:

  • Understanding the history of sound for theatre
  • Tour of RSC venues
  • Basic sound system equipment and set up
  • Success in the theatre sound industry and beyond
  • Sound team collaboration
  • Our sonic environment
  • Sourcing sound effects
  • Radio mics and radio mic fitting

There will be opportunities to reflect and discuss concepts and you will be encouraged to share your ideas with the other students.

Contact us

If you have any questions about this course before you book it, please get in touch with us at lifelong@rcs.ac.uk or 0141 270 8213.

 

Course outline

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

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.

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.

By the end of the experience the students should have a deeper understanding of:

  • The fundamental setup and operation of sound systems
  • The fundamentals of sound system design
  • Basic console operation
  • Key principles related to the physics and technology of live sound

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.

More information about the Agnes Allan Bursary.

 



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

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 for our Lifelong Learning courses, take a look.

To receive the promotional offer code, contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk before 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

Clare Hibberd

Clare Hibberd is the Sound Lecturer for the BA PTM course. She graduated in 2004 from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London with first class honours in Sound Design for Theatre (Theatre Practice). This led to engagements in the sound departments of a variety of West End and UK National and International tours. Notably, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Michael Rose Ltd), Blood Brothers (Bill Kenwright Ltd), Mamma Mia (Nick Grace Ltd), Shrek the Musical (Playful Productions), Love Never Dies (Really Useful Group) and Matilda the Musical (Royal Shakespeare Company).

In 2014 Clare gained a PGCE in middle years teaching from Canterbury Christchurch University and subsequently worked for two years at a large comprehensive school in North Kent teaching science to 11 to 18 year olds.

More recently Clare worked as a Senior Sound and Broadcast Technician at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman. Whilst in Oman, as a chapter head of US based charity ‘Soundgirls’ Clare facilitated workshops to encourage women in the field of sound engineering. Development of a chapter in Glasgow is currently underway.