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Audio Theory

Is It For Me?

Our Audio Theory course is fantastic preparation for working in live sound. It's designed to prepare individuals to receive further on-the-job training, or participate in hands-on learning with real sound gear. The terminology and techniques found in this course are a baseline of professional skills, demystifying craft of sound production for live events.

How Long?

About 3 Hours minimum, but you can take as much time as you need,

Topics?

  • Introduction to Waves
  • Aural Anatomy
  • Frequency
  • Amplitude
  • Understanding Phase
  • Waveform Addition
  • Balanced Signal
  • The Audible Spectrum
  • Graphic EQ
  • Measuring Loudness
  • Listening Environments
  • Loudspeaker Placement
  • Delay
  • Resonant Frequencies
  • Ambient Noise
  • Transducers
  • Mic Element Mechanisms
  • Output Levels
  • Polar Patterns
  • Wide Band EQ
  • Dynamics Processing (Compression)
  • Audio Console Basics

Exam?

Yes. There's a final exam. 36 questions in 40 minutes. You''ll need to score 85% or better to pass.

Certificate?

When you pass the exam, you'll be able to download a certificate of completion immediately.

AVIXA CTS RUs?

This course has also been approved by the independent AVIXA certification committee to be valid for 3 RUs, applicable towards the renewal of your CTS-General certification. Simply add your certificate to your CTS transript through AVIXA's site.

How Much?

$250

Lighting Technology

Is It For Me?

Our Lighting Technology course is a great way to prepare for the world of live event lighting. It's designed to prepare individuals with conceptual knowledge and vocabulary they need to participate in a professional environment. Understanding how systems are built to create and direct light under the control of an operator is essential to getting the most out of further on-the-job, or hands on training.

How Long?

About 4.25 Hours minimum, but you can take as much time as you need,

Topics?

  • Electricity and Ohms Law
  • Rule of 100
  • Calculating Total Current
  • Resistance and Gauge
  • Breaker Capacity
  • Wall Circuits
  • Three Phase Power
  • Practical and Decorative
  • Measuring Brightness
  • Color Temperature
  • Photometrics
  • Fixture Types
  • Lamp Types
  • PAR Accessories
  • Ellipsoidal Accessories
  • Filters
  • Theatrical Positions
  • Multipoint Lighting
  • Hang a Fixture
  • Flat Field Focus
  • Focus Stage Wash
  • Understanding
  • DMX Protocol
  • DMX Distribution
  • Dimmers
  • Patching
  • Lighting Plot
  • Schedules

Exam?

Yes. There's a final exam. 36 questions in 40 minutes. You''ll need to score 85% or better to pass.

Certificate?

When you pass the exam, you'll be able to download a certificate of completion immediately.

AVIXA CTS RUs?

This course has also been approved by the independent AVIXA certification committee to be valid for 4 RUs, applicable towards the renewal of CTS, CTS-D, and CTS-I certifications. Simply add your certificate to your CTS transript through AVIXA's site.

How Much?

$250

Video and Display

Is It For Me?

Our Video and Display course promotes an understanding of video at a professional level. It's not just content that maters, it's the type of screen, and how it travels there too. If you're preparing for  on-the-job training or additional hands-on learning, then make sure you're prepared with the background information you need to excel. The concepts and terminology found in this course will help you to see the big picture right away.

How Long?

About 2.5 hours minimum, but you can take as much time as you need.

Topics?

  • Defining the Pixel
  • Defining the RasterPerceived Resolution
  • Secret of Grayscales
  • Contrast
  • Gamut
  • CRT Technology
  • Display Resolution
  • Signal Properties
  • Analog Video Signal
  • NTSC and PAL
  • Digital Video Signal
  • Encoding and Storage
  • Interfaces and Connections
  • EDID
  • HDCP
  • Switchers and Scalers
  • Direct View Displays
  • Projecting Video
  • Projection Surfaces
  • Lensing and Projection Geometry

Exam?

Yes. There's a final exam. 36 questions in 40 minutes. You''ll need to score 85% or better to pass.

Certificate?

When you pass the exam, you'll be able to download a certificate of completion immediately.

How Much?

$250

Live Classroom And Labs

Applied Audio Theory

Explain Why?

We'll Remove the mystery from microphones, mixers, amps, and speakers. It’s more than finding the power switch; you’ll learn how to use equalizers, compressors, and other signal modifiers to tweak your sound for professional results. The audio theory unit is where you’ll discover the properties of acoustic sound waves, and how different listening environments can change the way sound is perceived by a listener. Then we’ll go hands-on with the gear, learning to build audio systems for live events. Study signal flow, gain structure and practice mixing inputs. Finally, put all of your skills together and develop a complete system design based on a challenging venue.

How Long?

11 Sessions, about four hours apiece.

Session Topics?

  • Load In - Audio Console Inputs
  • Audio Console Routing
  • Digital Console Routing
  • Equalization
  • Compression & Recording
  • Loudspeakers & Wireless Mics
  • PA Build & Project Assignment
  • Guest Speaker: Meet the A1
  • Mix Lab
  • Audio Project Presentations
  • Audio Proficiency Exams

Assessments?

There are two major assessments:

  1. A design project where you are asked to develop a sound solution for an event held in a "challenging" venue. Your work will be evaluated by an instructor according to a rubric.
  2. A hands-on exam where you demonstrate your ability to perform certain audio-related tasks requiring the ability to manipulate mixers, microphones, and signal processing. The instructor will document your ability to perform each of the required tasks.

You'll need to score 90% (19 of 21) on the design project, and be fully proficient (5 of 5 tasks) to earn the certificate of completion for this course,

Certificate?

Once your passing scores are recorded, you'll be able to download a certificate of completion immediately.

How Much?

$1,910, and it includes the Audio Theory online lessons.

Applied Lighting Technology

Explain Why?

The fundamentals outlined in this class are essential to the development of a capable lighting professional. A working knowledge of electrical power becomes the foundation for the study of conventional lighting fixtures. Simple focus, dimming and control procedures lead to a discussion of DMX protocol and multi-attribute fixtures, while emphasis is placed on a professional’s ability to communicate details about a lighting design through plots and fixture schedules. You'll get a chance to design, then go hands-on to hang, focus, and program.

How Long?

11 Sessions, about four hours apiece.

Session Topics?

  • Electricity and Power
  • Scissor Lift Certification
  • Basic Rigging
  • Fixtures and Photometrics
  • DMX and Control
  • Plot and Hang
  • Hog 4 Programming Basics
  • Lighting System Assembly
  • Guest Speaker: Meet the L1
  • Lighting Project Presentations
  • Lighting Proficiency Exams

Assessments?

There are two major assessments:

  1. A design project where you are asked to develop a lighting solution for a hypothetical event. Your work will be evaluated by an instructor according to a rubric.
  2. A hands-on exam where you demonstrate your ability to perform certain lighting-related tasks requiring the ability hang, focus, and perform certain programming functions. The instructor will document your ability to perform each of the required tasks.

You'll need to score 90% (19 of 21) on the design project, and be fully proficient (5 of 5 tasks) to earn the certificate of completion for this course,

Certificate?

Once your passing scores are recorded, you'll be able to download a certificate of completion immediately.

How Much?

$1,910, and it includes the Lighting Technology online lessons.

Applied Video Technology

Explain Why?

Visual media is everywhere. Monitors, LED walls, and projection screens aren’t limited to event stages anymore. The proper presentation of images has become critical to an audience’s experience, with displays ranging from smartphones to scoreboards. Configuring a display is both a science and an art, where professionals apply technical principals to achieve aesthetic aims. You'll get hands-on experience working with video gear for live events, and practice analyzing the signal as it travels through a complex video system.

How Long?

7 Sessions, about four hours apiece.

Session Topics?

  • Video Sources and Scaling
  • Cameras and Projectors
  • Projected Displays
  • LED Displays
  • Media Playback
  • Guest Speaker: Meet the Projectionist
  • Video Proficiency Exams

Assessments?

Yes, there is one practical evaluation. It's a hands-on exam where you demonstrate your ability to perform certain video-related tasks by analyzing the signal flow between sources, scalers, and multiple displays in a functioning video system. The instructor will document your ability to perform each of the required tasks.

You'll need to  be fully proficient (7 of 7 tasks) to earn the certificate of completion for this course,

Certificate?

Once your passing score is recorded, you'll be able to download a certificate of completion immediately.

How Much?

$1,215, and it includes the Video and Display online lessons.

Live Event Production

Explain Why?

Explore the world of show production. Learn how the technical aspects of live events are planned an executed. Develop the ability to balance the needs of multiple departments, align schedules, and troubleshoot problems. Apply your technical and management skills to the production of a simulated event.

How Long?

7 Sessions, about four hours apiece.

Session Topics?

  • Site Surveys
  • Scheduling Labor
  • Sourcing Equipment
  • Estimates and Quotations
  • Guest Speaker: Meet the PM
  • Production Project Presentations
  • Production Simulator

Assessments?

Yes. There is one major assessment. As a student project, you'll take on the pre-production tasks for a hypothetical event. At the end of the course, you'll turn in a show book accounting for equipment, labor, and basic financial estimates for your production. Your work will be evaluated by an instructor according to a rubric.

You'll need to score 90% (19 of 21) on the production management project to earn the certificate of completion for this course,

Certificate?

Once your passing score is recorded, you'll be able to download a certificate of completion immediately.

How Much?

$1,215