The Big Noise Academy training spawned from a proven educational classroom program for recording and live sound. Our instructors found themselves constantly adapting to our students thirst specifically for live sound systems training. Our “on location” training program was developed to assist you in operation, troubleshooting, assessment and maintenance of your sound system. It also provides a general overview of other factors that have an impact on achieving quality of sound in your fac ility as well as a connection to the professional audio industry.

Over the years, we have learned that our students have careers and backgrounds other than just being responsible for live sound in a facility. We have trained teachers, attorneys, insurance sales people, government workers, pastors, students, law enforcement officers, etc. Our students have various levels of sound system knowledge but, all share a passion for learning and getting better at delivering the best sound possible in the venues they are responsible for.

Our goal is to deliver a training program that will be useful for anyone who is interested in the basics, mixed with real world techniques, taught by experienced instructors.

A lot of the information our instructors will be covering is straight to point basics. However, this information will be mixed with new technology information, new products and new techniques. The professional audio business is a rapidly changing industry. It requires your attention to adapt to the necessary changes in new products and techniques as soon as they become available.

It is important to mention that many of the facilities, that most of you are operating sound systems in, were designed many years ago. A lot of these rooms paid little attention to the effects room acoustics have on sound (music and speech intelligibility). And, today’s contemporary progressive programs are far more demanding than these rooms were ever intended to support. So, while professional audio quality has grown in leaps and bounds in products, they are still suppressed by old fashioned environments and those who manage those facilities who have the ability to make positive acoustic corrections.

Another factor today are people’s expectations. Older generations were brought up in an era when it was good enough if they could just hear anything. Today’s generations have been brought up on high quality music, film, television and car audio.

Today, people experience great music and sound as they are waking in the morning to their radio, driving to work in the cars, hearing the overhead music in their work environment or over lunch with music and paging. Home theater systems, which are major entertainment for families and theaters feature powerful surround systems that bring realism in a impactful way right into living rooms. So, when an audience sits to experience a concert, play, house of worship service or anywhere, they expect to hear sound as good as everywhere else that they have been to. Quality sound is demanded.

As a live sound system operator, you face many challenges. Not only do you need to understand your sound system components, but you need to consider how they interact in your specific room. You also need to consider the type of performances you will be working with and perhaps even the age of the audience. The life of a sound system operator is a work in progress.

You will always be in search of the latest technologies and products, and you will always be learning about sound system and room interactions.

As a front of house and monitor operator, your responsibility is to distribute sound to each and every listener evenly and at the right volume level. You also have to consider the needs of the musicians and singers on stage and, very important, the people speaking. Speech intelligibility is a priority in the type of environments you will be working in. Microphone selection and techniques, equalization, loudspeaker aiming and room acoustics will all be factors our training will cover to help you to deliver quality sound consistently.

A very important part of your job is to also act as a diplomat. There will be musicians, singers, choirs, music conductors and people speaking who have their own ideas of how they should sound or how loud they should be. You must be able to manage and satisfy their needs and, at the same time, make certain the sound in the room is of the highest level of quality you can present.

By educating yourself and staying on top pf the latest trends and products in the professional audio industry, you will be equipped to handle any situation. By being as knowledgeable as possible on your sound system (both house and monitors) you will be more effective in helping those asking for their needs to be met while not compromising your audience’s experience. The situations are best described as a “give and take” for all. Some things you’ll be able to offer and all will be happy. At other times, you will have to explain you are the person at the wheel and they have to adapt by working with you. But at all times, as the diplomat, you must keep a harmonious interaction in your venue.

People in this area of interest come from a mixture of science, formal education and those who are self-taught. Backgrounds vary with a mixture of training in fields such as audio, fine arts, broadcasting,music, recording, acoustics or electrical engineering. A great majority of audio professionals are “autodidacts”. These are those that have attained professional skills in professional audio through extensive on-the-job experience. Big Noise Academy will blend our training to use a mixture of both.

In your role at your home facility, you may assume the role of producer, making artistic and technical decisions, and sometimes even scheduling and budget decisions. Your training with Big Noise Academy will help you be better qualified to attend to each of these areas.

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