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Recently a survey has been conducted among the companies dealing with Sound and Media regarding their working pattern, their recruiting methods and their promotional activities. The result has been thought provoking especially for institutions which are offering courses in Sound Engineering.

The survey has revealed that almost all the companies has been shifted to new age methods / digital methods for filling new job openings, changed their working pattern with the use of cloud computing and the companies are leveraging the possibilities of social media for communication among their employees / clients and for their promotional activities.

Are you are expert in multiple fields of Sound Engineering? Companies are looking for you.

What found interesting for us is that the companies are recruiting people those who are having a vast knowledge in the field of Sound Engineering wherein the newly appointed persons should be able to handle all type of works whether it is related to studio or with regard to live sound reinforcement.

In the earlier days people who are specialized in a particular job like sound editing / recording used to get job in that particular field and he won’t be having any experience in other domains of sound engineering.

Now a days companies related to sound don’t stick on just a single work like sound editing / recording they used to work with all aspects of Sound Engineering.

A particular company will be having a sound editing studio as well as live audio rental company. The companies think that if a person is recruited to work with the company then he should be well versed in all the aspects of Sound Engineering.

“We need SEA Certified Candidates”  

Did you noticed that in almost all the job opportunities which we publish in our social media channels, the companies ask for SEA Certified candidates.

The survey has unveiled that when HR Managers and Owners of various media / sound related companies when think of filling new job openings in their companies they give preference to candidates who have in-depth knowledge in Sound Engineering.

We, at Sound Engineering Academy, with our updated syllabus and with ample practical sessions, the students learns the in an out of audio engineering and gain numerous out of the box techniques which benefits them in the real world.

The 1 year Diploma in Sound Engineering course is designed and delivered in such a way that students learn all aspects of Sound Engineering whether it is relates to broadcasting, sound recording / editing / mixing, live sound reinforcement.

Yes SEA certification is a mark of quality education.

We have been offering this course for more than 12 years and 1000’s of students had already gained SEA Certification in Sound Engineering.

It is a fact that almost all the students who successfully passed out of the institution get placed in various reputed organizations in India as well as companies around the world.

We have our own equipments for students to learn

Unlike other institutes we have a large fleet of own equipments where the students actually get a real world experience on the latest techniques and sophisticated equipments used in the industry.

Employees of our sister-concern who are into live projects assist our students in learning new things in the industry.

It is noticed that there are many institutes who used to take audio equipments for rent from av rental companies and display the equipments before the students where they won’t be getting any hands on experience on it.

Who teaches the students?

For every institute which teaches technical courses expert faculties is quite inevitable.

With regard to Sound Engineering academy our senior faculties has been with us since our launch in 2004. Moreover our senior faculties are having 40+ years’ broad range of experience in the field which adds more value to our institution. They are able to clear whatever doubts which are raised by the students and are able to provide students with out-of-the-box techniques which are useful for them in the real world.

Students who are passing out of Sound Engineering Academy is equipped to work with any types of jobs whether it is small jobs related with audio electronics or a handling a live event.

Our Students = Marvels in Sound Engineering

As discussed above the students who are passing out of our institution are getting hands on experience in what they are supposed to work in the real world.

Our students are able to adapt to any situations / technologies when they start working with a company beyond that our students are able to trouble shoot the equipment and repair those as they are learning the basics of audio electronics during their course.

Many HR Managers and owner of companies has had appreciated the special skills which are gained by the SEA Students during their 1 year Diploma in Sound Engineering.

Moreover, the students of 1 Year Diploma in Sound Engineering are getting classes on personality development, classes on developing communication skills and inter-personal skills during their course period and we help them to develop a positive attitude towards life and their career.

audio tips

There are lots of churches which struggle to get consistent and excellent sound, week after week from the sound system. Today we are going to discuss it in detail in this blog post

The principles which we are discussing in this article will work for any sound system.

church-audioSo what is a sound system, believe it or not, all sound systems are just trying to do what a little sound system in your home studio or in a small recording studio does, which is to take a bunch of sound sources like microphone or the sound from a guitar and mix those inputs and add some EQ to tunnel changes, may be some effects and then amplify the sound and reproduce the sound through the speakers so the audience can enjoy it.

In the normal sound system, it can mix up-to 3 inputs, a vocal mic, a guitar and may be a serif for backing.No matter how big or small your system is it gonna be basically doing that a small sound system is doing .

For live performances and world tours of famous music bands there will be lots of massive equipment. It is really just a big version of the small recording setup in our home and the large sound systems are basically accomplishing the same thing.

When we are using a mixer it could help you to mix dozens of channels. Taking into account of situation having a mixer with 24 channels then we could connect it with 8 drum mics, 3 guitars, 3 keyboards, 6 vocalists and will be 4 open channels for other inputs
Lets’ look at an overview of the standard sound system, a typical sound system you will have your sound sources, that feed into a mixer, which then feed into some amps and then on to the main speakers. There are effects and monitors which we look at another time.

But now, we will discuss about how we connect all of the mic or the sound sources in the stage to connect to the mixer located in the middle of the room, now you can run a bunch of messy cables with all the inputs, you are going out on with individual cables but there are far better way to would be by using a snake or multi-cable.

There are few different ways for the signal to get out from the stage, there are fan to fan, fan to box or a wall plate. There are also even digital snakes or panel on the stage area and all those signals are transferred using a single network cable, which is really cool way to save on the bunch of wires.

It doesn’t matter which type of cable you use, the principle is the same. Get all those sounds from the sound sources on the stage to make their way to the mixer so they can be mixed and then send out to the AMPS and to the speaker.

You could imagine all those inputs coming from the stage to the stage input box. We usually connect a mixer to the stage input box which waits for all the sounds from the sources in the stage.

Assume that the stage input box is receiving signals from 8 drum mics, 2 Guitar AMP Mics, Direct out from Bass AMP, Signal from wireless router of Acoustic Guitar and from 5 vocal mics.

The snake that goes from the mixer to the input box can send signal in both ways. When the signal is send back to the stage from the mixer then the musicians can hear themselves.

Musicians could have hard time hearing themselves, as all the main speakers are aimed out to the audience and if no speaker is aimed at the performing band then the only thing that they hear is the reflection of the sound which reaches half a second later to the performing band, which is not really good for keeping time.

The way to fix is to send some of the mix back to the stage using on stage monitors or in-ear monitors where in a different mix of sound is send back to the performing musicians and the vocalists using he monitor sense feature in the mixer.

The musicians and vocalists on stage may need completely different mixers may be the vocalists wants little drums for timing lot of piano to help with pitch and a little background of vocals. May be the base player doesn’t need any drum because he is physically standing right next to the drummer, he can hear him perfectly just through the air. The base player may need little bit of vocal and a bit of rhythm guitar because the guitarist might be standing 20 feet away.

Also think about this way sometimes there are really large stages and the guitarist is about 50ft away from the drummer, if the rhythm guitar is hearing the drummer through the air then the guitarist might be hearing the drummer a 50 milliseconds late as the sound travels at about a foot a millisecond.

Look at the picture that is shown below that displays the signal flow from the microphone makes its way through the input-box then to the mixer and through aux sensor or a monitor sense out to an onstage monitor or an in-ear monitor.


So if you are looking at the signal flow, where are the places that you could fail, first thing i would look at is the input box and at the back of the mixer, these are the classic places for the things to fail, if you can’t here the microphone or you can’t here the microphone through the monitors. Have a look at the input box and have a look at the back of the mixer because lot of people start plugging things and unplugging things as these are the first places to look at.

If everything looks good from there and if you actually getting the signal into the mixer, the next thing i would look at is whether the master send is up and also the master of the master send up the next i look at is the AMP that feeds the in-stage monitor and all those connections are OK.

In the in-ear monitor area there you could deal with things like the wireless trouble shooting are they both on the same frequency, transmitter and the receiver.

These are gonna be the good ways to look at the signal flow right from the microphone and all the way through input box to the back of the mixer then to the speaker and the monitor.

in-ear-monitorsLet’s imagine that we have some one with in-ear monitors and they say that they can’t hear the hi-hats, the first thing you have to ask them is that can you hear everything else. If the person says that he hears everything else but no the hi-hat the first thing you can do is to check whether the in-ear receiver is working and the transmitter is working, check in fact the line that is feeding the transmitter is working everything looks good and everybody else hears the hi-hats.

So what has gone wrong, it is guaranteed that the Aux (Monitor) send on hi-hat is not up, turn that up and everything will be fine.

The above mentioned tips are those which we can use to trouble shoot the sound system in your church and the techniques are applicable to other live performances and concerts as well.

More tips which you can use

Keep it clean.
I’ve had nightmares after seeing some stages where all the mic cables are piled up next to the snake in no particular order.

Start with power.
Whenever you start wiring up a stage, start with running power to all your musician locations.

Traditionally running power and signal cords next to each other hasn’t been the best idea.

In most churches drums are the loudest acoustic instrument on stage.

Stage Scaping
Think of your stage as your front lawn; make it as beautiful as possible.

Use the right cable
The beauty of audio is that we can use just about anything with two conductors to send signal.

For those of you who break down and set up every week, it’s crucial to prewire as much as possible.

Speaker placement
Every speaker has a dispersion angle. The more expensive speakers have really narrow dispersion angles, which tend to throw sound like a beam.

Self monitoring in ear systems are the way to go.

Gain Structure
Once your sound system is wired up and fully functional, don’t feel the need to keep the amps cranked all the way open.

In our course syllabus of 1 year Diploma in Sound Engineering we cover the topics mentioned above and more advanced techniques which are essential for setting up audio systems for churches and to get consistent sound from the system. As our students learns about audio trouble shooting the students will be able to trouble shoot the audio system in almost all the cases.

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Happy Sound Engineering