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Rose Bruford College’s performance sound department is unique in its ability to design sound for a wide range of events and theatre based productions. Working in purpose-built digital recording studios, you will be introduced to essential techniques and skills of the sound designer and mixing engineer. From sound reinforcement to sound effects, you will gain the skills and understanding to progress your audio ideas to the full.
Teaching also includes a theatre day visit to a major West-end production, under the tutorship of the production’s Sound Number 1, where the sound system will be explained and demonstrated. The course is designed to enable you undertake the role of Sound Designer and Operator, be it at your local amateur society, or as a basis for further training or progression into the professional theatre and entertainment industry.
Theatre Sound Theory and Sound for Musical Theatre course content is delivered by Digby Shaw, a highly experienced West-End Sound Operator (Mamma Mia, Grease, Jersey Boys, Rock Of Ages) and teacher who has delivered sound courses internationally. He is a visiting tutor on the BA (Hons) Performance Sound course at Rose Bruford College. Concert Sound, Studio Mixing Techniques and Creating Sound Effects & Soundscapes course content is delivered by Ben Davies, an experienced sound designer, musician and a member of the Higher Education Academy.
Ben is Programme Director for the BA Performance Sound programme at Rose Bruford and draws upon his international experience to deliver a course, which will be exciting and provide you with plenty of hands on experience.
The course will include a programme of stimulating and challenging classes and practical workshops in:
Theatre Sound System Theory
• Understanding the signal flow and operation in a typical West End musical theatre show.
• Defining the show roles and job specifications in Theatre Sound.
Sound for Musical Theatre
• Learning dialogue and band mixing in Musical Theatre.
• How to “phase” mix, using a digital mixing console in a simulated live performance session.
• Understanding the signal flow and operation in Live Concert.
• Learning how to sound check and mix using digital and analogue consoles, with on and outboard signal processors and effects units.
• How to side chain signals using dynamic processors, to “tighten” a mix.
Studio Mixing Techniques
• Understanding pitch and amplitude in audio mixing.
• Learning to edit and mix audio in Logic sequencing software, to obtain a clear and balanced stereo image –
• Understanding how to use plug-in dynamic processors such as parametric equalizers, gates, compressors, expanders, exciters, and time based effects such reverb, delay, phasing, chorus and flanging.
• Exploring side-chaining techniques in production.
• Exploring mastering techniques.
Creating Sound Effects and Soundscapes
• How to create sound effects for theatre and radio drama using original field recordings.
• How to “place” a sound effect in the context of a narrative.
Course delivery mode
Students will be working with Live audio recordings to learn and practice sound mixing skills in the College’s Audio Laboratory.
The delivery of the course will comprise a series of tutor demonstrations and practical workshops, relating to theory explained in taught sessions.
Students will be able to mix their own multi-track material if they wish to do so.
Students should be aware that the programme is intensive and will require total commitment in terms of time and energy. You should expect to work a full five day week.
Monday 22nd - Friday 26th July 2013
How to Apply
Book your place online:
Please contact the College on:
+44 (0)20 8308 2658
Early Bird Offer for those who apply and pay the £100 deposit by 31 March 2013:
Non-residential £335 (inc deposit)
Residential £440 (inc deposit)
Fees after 31 March 2013:
Non-residential £395 (inc deposit)
Residential £500 (inc deposit)
Excellent for those preparing to go to Drama School or wishing to build on prior experience