Full Title:Location Sound
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC M8085
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to develop the students ability to set up a live sound system and operate it with a high degree of competence, including appropriate microphone and signal processing techniques.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Develop and implement an appropriate equipment configuration for a variety of live sound scenarios (including microphones and outboard processing).
  2. Demonstrate an ability to configure, interconnect and operate a live sound system.
  3. Critically analyse live sound events as to their quality and processing requirements.
  4. Apply prior signal processing knowledge in live sound scenarios for sound enhancement, at a global and individual level.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Speaker Systems
Bass-bins, midrange drivers, horns and tweeters, cabinet design. Amplification; active v. passive, impedance, power handling, 3 phase
Cable & Connectors
Multicores, Speakon, Star Quad, Managing cable runs.
Health & Safety
Awareness and measurement of SPL, cable runs, electrical safety, dealing with feedback.
Monitor Mixes
Monitor types (stage, in-ear), Aux sends, establishing and refining the monitor mix.
Front of House Mix
Tuning the rig, graphic EQ, system delay, establishing and refinining the FOH mix, sub mixing. Indoor v. Outdoor sound. Signal Processing. Recording live shows. Impact of situational acoustics.
Microphone choice for live sound. Live sound mic techniques.
Live Sound Industry
Roles within the live sound industry. Typical procedures for live music performance staging and setup. Communications and interactions between: performers, technical team, event organisers, general public.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report Students will attend a live music performance (incorporating a PA system) and provide a written critique of the sound mix, including an assessment of the impact of the equipment used, mix balance, signal processing and stage setup. This should include suggestions for how the sound might have been improved. 3 15.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Class Test Students will be tested on their knowledge of the theory behind live sound system configuration and operation, as well as their knowledge of industry standard roles and procedures. 2,4 25.00 0 0 Week 10 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will be required to set up, configure and operate a live sound system for a music performance, according to best practice. 2,3,4 60.00 0 0 Week 12 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Directed Reading No Description 2.50 Every Week 2.50
Lecturer Supervised Learning No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • G. Davis, R. Jones 1990, Sound Reinforcement Handbook, 2 Ed., Hal Leonard Corporation [ISBN: 9780881889000]
  • D. Swallow 2010, Live Audio: The Art of Mixing a Show, Focal Press [ISBN: 978-0240816043]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 6 Mandatory