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Introduction to Live Audio for Church


Next course: Saturday 11th March 2017


This course is suitable for anyone involved in live audio in churches, whether you’re a veteran with decades of experience of a complete beginner looking to get started. You might be a regular member of your church’s volunteer sound team, a pastor, warden or caretaker who occasionally has to operate audio equipment, or a musician or worship leader seeking a better understanding of what your sound operator actually does.


This course takes a ground up approach to understanding acoustics, sound system design and configuration, how to use the sound desk, how to run a sound check and assemble a mix, and how to troubleshoot and manage common problems in church sound. For beginners this offers an extensive foundation in fundamental sound engineering principles, whilst for more experienced operators this is a great opportunity to refresh your understanding of core concepts, plug any knowledge gaps and ensure habits are aligned with best-practices.


  • Fundamental audio concepts: frequency, loudness, decibels and sound perception.
  • Basic acoustics: sound propagation, how does sound behave in an indoor space? Why is sound so difficult in churches?
  • Understanding the sound system: overview of sound systems for live sound re-enforcement, loudspeakers and microphones.
  • What are the goals for a sound system?: system design fundamentals, the hierarchy of importance.
  • What do all the knobs do?: understanding the sound desk.
  • How to run a sound check: including practical experience using multi-track playback.
  • Putting the mix together: including practical experience using multi-track playback and discussion of appropriate mixing for different musical styles and contexts.
  • Discussion and practical experience of handling common church sound problems: feedback, “it’s too loud”, troubleshooting processes.


There are no prerequisites for this course. This course is suitable for students of all levels of ability and prior experience.

How to book

Book now via Eventbrite

Dates 11/03/2017                                   10/06/2017                                  09/09/2017

Cost  £30 per person (inc. VAT)