Production Institute
Training & Development
For Live Audio Engineering, Stagecraft & A/V Technologies
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Are you interested in a career in the music business? Are you interested in an alternative to a four year college like a vocational education institution? Live sound engineering and other performing arts jobs exist everywhere in the world and there are basically two paths into the industry. The first path is working for a production company and learning your job via the "on the job" training method. Over some number of years you move from a truck loader to an apprentice system technician and after a few more years you might get to be an A1 system technician. 

The second path is through vocational education courses like these combined with an OJT method as well but in contrast you would be working as a house sound technician in a nightclub for instance or a theatre or convention center or a house of worship.

The Production Institute are going to ground students in the fundamental science of sound and lighting and then immerse them in the day to day operation of a large and busy music production venue. A good approach to the vocations involved in the production arts are the online courses I describe below. Scroll down and read about the objectives of these online courses. 

Courses can be enrolled in at any time. To enroll, just click the login link in the above right corner of this page and create an account for yourself. It only takes a second via email. Once you've created an account you can send me an email and I will send you the forms to complete your enrollment. These courses allow you to work at your own speed, from anywhere you have an Internet connection!

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ALS:201 Online
Advanced Live Audio Certificate Course:
 Are you a sound tech at your church or do you volunteer to run production equipment for your community theater? There are many people all over the world operating fairly complicated audio equipment with little or no formal training. Instead most have some On-The-Job style instruction. It's very difficult to learn the real-world conventional wisdom of an audio engineer in an OJT or self trained position. Professional engineers spend years developing their own personal approach as well as collaborating with other engineers and this is how they acquire the conventional wisdom of the industry. This course will bridge the gap for the audio enthusiast that has some real experience yet still desires to take their skill to the next level. Learn when and where to use a noise gate and when not to. Learn why you need to control the dynamic range of some instruments and voices but otherwise use compression sparingly. Learn the conventional wisdom of a working professional so you don't have to experiment for years to find a good personal approach to dynamic signal processing! We'll cover Gain Structure, effects and their applications and we'll focus closely on controlling acoustic feedback too.

Core24 Online 
Production Arts Vocational Education
 This course is intended for students from high school age on who seek alternatives to a four year college. This course will have a focus on audio but will cover the core concepts of performance production techniques. The course is designed to start students with the rudiments of terminology, introduce them to the concepts and devices used in theater and concerts and take them through the fundamentals of audio, lighting and A/V technologies. This online course will be an excellent primer for students who wish to attend the Production Institute in Athens GA or Full Sail in Florida or any other school for the vocational training of audio engineering. If a prospective student can complete this course as a high school senior they will be well prepared to tackle the fast paced environment of hands-on classes in real-world situations. Don't spend tens of thousands of dollars on a hands-on residency course without the fundamental knowledge you'll need to stay at the top of your class. The production arts are a group of highly specialized skill sets and they all start with the fundamentals of the science of sound and lighting and the conventional wisdom of the industry.

Please note: These courses require you to obtain two books. The Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook and Live Sound Basics by Ric Wallace. Both available from Amazon.

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