MUSC-1405-50 - Live Sound I
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Fall 2016 Course Syllabus
MUSC-1405-50 - Live Sound I
|Instructor||Freyermuth, John Edward|
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|Course Description||An overview of the field of live sound. Includes principles of live sound and the theory and interconnection of the components of a sound reinforcement system.|
The Sound Reinforcement Handbook By: Gary Davis and Ralph Jones
|Attendance Policy||You get one free absence before your lates/absences start to count against your grade in the attendance category. After that, each absence deducts 7.5% of your attendance grade for a MW class. Three lates = one absence. If you are forced to leave class early that will count against you in the late column, so please plan your work schedules accordingly. Class will be held until 5:50 every Monday and Wednesday.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Class Participation 10%
|Final Exam Date||December 5, 2016 - 2:00 PM Through December 5, 2016 - 5:00 PM|
Week 1: Syllabus and assignments overview; Pretest; What is Live Sound; Duties and responsibilities of a Live Sound Engineer; Why you should care about live sound; Careers in live sound: Description of the fundamentals of audio; Listen to PA
Week 2: Overview of basic audio terms and equipment; Listen to PA; Walk the room; Overview of the physics of sound and basic acoustics; Overview of Lamar State College Port Arthur live sound equipment
Week 3: Microphone theory and practice; Transducers and other voltage sensing elements; Inductance, capacitance and impedance; Direct boxes, pads and ground lifts; Balanced and unbalanced cables; Wrap cables;
Week 4: Wrap cables, Amplifiers and Loudspeakers; Active verse passive; Sound delivery systems; Frequencies and octaves of the audio bandwidth; Project 1
Week 5: System setup; Signal flow; Signal routing; Front of House and Monitor mixes; Test 1
Week 6: Mixing console introduction and overview; Analog verse digital consoles;
Week 7: Approaches and theories on Front of House mixing; Front of House mixing; Signal routing; Midterm review;
Week 8; Midterm (Test 2)
Week 9: Approaches and theories on Monitor mixing; Creating Monitor mixes for different musicians; System setup; What a Monitor mix aims to accomplish; Importance of a good Monitor mix; Listen to various Monitor mixes; Project 2
Week 10: Outboard gear verse digital signal processors; Compressors, limiters, equalizers, gates, crossovers and other signal processors
Week 11: Live sound professional practices; The importance of communication; Live sound acoustics, how to deal with a different room every show; Indoor verse outdoors; Project 3
Week 12: The importance of sound check; Loudspeaker placement; Balancing and calibrating a system with white noise, pink noise and program material; Using signal processors to tune a room; Test 3
Week 13: Soldering; Equipment maintenance and repair; Reading schematics and block diagrams; Ohm's Law; The importance of impedance matching; Project 4
Week 14: The art of truck loading and equipment packing; Understanding proper stage layout; The importance of researching a venue
Week 15: Review for final; Project 5
Week 16: Final exam (Test 4) December 5th from 2:30:00 PM to 5:00PM
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Weeks 2-15 Vocabulary Quizzes
Week 4 Project 1
Week 5 Test 1
Week 8 Test 2
Week 9 Project 2
Week 11 Project 3
Week 12 Test 3
Week 13 Project 4
Week 15 Project 5
Week 16 Final Exam
There will be a weekly homework assignment that must be passed in for credit at the start of every week.
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
PSLO Alpha: Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
1. Applies commercial music sound technology to professional practice.
2. Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Describe signal flow in sound reinforcement setup. (PLSO 2,3)(PLSO 1,2,3)
2. Explain the function, characteristics, and specifications of the components of a sound reinforcement system. (PLSO 2,3) (PLSO 1,2,3)
3. Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading (PSLO- Alpha)
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
|Additional Information||All of your grades will be available for you in the "my grades" section of our BlackBoard Page. I will also meet with each student individually every four weeks to discuss your current grade and your progress in the class.|
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
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including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
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|Degree Plan Evaluation||
A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.
All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.
|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|