Live Sound Engineering Industry Course

Tom Aston

Soundcheck at concert
Soundchecking, monitoring, mixing and stage management

With so many artists heading back on the road, there has never been so much importance and reliance on sound engineers in the live sound sector. Your career could take a variety of forms; from a Front of House (FOH) engineer mixing the show for the audience, or the monitor engineer mixing the onstage sound directly for an artist. Other behind the scenes roles include maintaining speaker systems, stage management and even mixing sound for TV and online platforms. 

With this in mind, our Live Sound Engineering course has been designed for those eager to join the sector but who have no prior experience in audio. You’ll learn the fundamental theories and practical knowledge needed to launch your journey into the industry. 

Working in our live venue, your learning is hands-on. You’ll get to grips with our industry-standard equipment, putting the knowledge you gain into practice in your own time. By the end of the course, you’ll have mastered the skills and gained the confidence needed to set up and engineer a small to medium sized show in any given venue in which you may find yourself over the course of your career.

You’ll be able to explore employment opportunities in Manchester’s thriving venue scene, PA and production companies or working with the multitude of local talent. Our alumni community have successfully found themselves in this position, with graduates having worked for the likes of Blossoms, Coldplay, Adele, Wigwam and many more.

Live sound engineer

Any questions on our Live Sound Engineering course?

If you have any questions about our course, your application or if you’d like to arrange a tour of Spirit Studios, please get in touch on 0161 276 2100 or by completing this form.

Want to find out more about Spirit Studios?

Our Open Days are a great opportunity to find out more about our Live Sound Engineering course.  You’ll also see our live venue and facilities, meet our tutors and get a feel for what life as a Spirit Studios student is like.

Course Content

Basic sound wave theory, analogue signal paths and equipment

Anyone serious about live sound needs to have a basic understanding of audio. In this topic we cover things like frequency, amplitude and phase in a way that is relevant to their implications in live sound engineering and PA set up. Having an analogue education is also fundamental to be successful in live sound and to improve the transition into the digital domain. Fault finding is a key skill developed throughout this course, assuring you feel confident resolving problems in the field.

PA installation and tuning

Heading into the industry, much of your work will revolve around the installation of small to medium PA systems. We’ll teach you the basics and ensure you’re ready for a variety of events and venues.

FOH and Monitor mixing

The aims of FOH mixing and monitor mixing are very different, and both methods require careful considerations. Within the course these factors are explored in detail, developing your knowledge across both skill sets.

Digital desks and networking

Technology moves extremely fast within the live audio sector so an agile approach is fundamental to your success. In these sessions digital technologies are explored using different digital consoles and workflows, as well as through the consideration of modern audio networking.

Wireless Radio Frequency Equipment

More and more artists are choosing to use wireless equipment such as in-ear monitors and wireless microphones in today's climate. Therefore, we’ll provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge to ensure you’re able to use the equipment to both yours and the artist’s advantage.

Live microphone setup and stage management

When working in the live sound field, microphone techniques differ greatly in comparison to studio settings. We’ll teach you to overcome these differences - no matter your previous experience - to help you build a sustainable career as a stage manager.

Event Planning and self-employment considerations

Building your skills in events management is a defining element of this course. You’ll learn to carefully consider the requirements needed when planning the audio for a live event. This includes successfully meeting production riders, and communicating an advance for a show or festival.