Basics of Live Sound (formerly Sound 101) is both an introduction to live audio engineering and an orientation to Vera Project’s methods and equipment. Topics covered include an introduction to microphones and mic placement, signal paths, stands, cables, DI’s, snake, sub-snakes and etiquette for working with bands.
You can book a private class for your friends, your classmates, your high school jazz band, …whatevs. You can book time to take any one or all of the classes we offer, or talk to us and our talented teaching staff can tailor one to your specific needs.
This workshop is designed to acquaint students with a small PA system. Small PAs are generally used for band practices, acoustic sets, DJ sets, poetry readings, or even full blown rock shows with monitors (such as house shows or the shows Vera holds in its gallery!). Topics will include: speaker set up and placement, signal flow, setting up turntables, using EQ’s to ‘ring out’ a room, and mixing a small show.
A companion to our Basics of Live Sound, Intro to the Recording Studio is a two-hour introduction to the workings of Vera’s recording studio. Beginning with the basics, our professional studio engineers will explain Vera Studio’s mixing board, signal flow, and standard micing techniques as well as studio etiquette, organization and maintenance.
The focus of this class will be two-fold: learning how to use the outboard gear that will inevitably lead to the need to troubleshoot. Some of the topics covered: diagnosing and tracing out of a problem, signal flow, and what to do in an emergency.
An introductory class covering the set up and multi-track recording of a live show on the Vera Project stage. Multiple groups will be recorded. Subjects include work flow, patching, gain stages and beginning ProTools.
Expand on what you learned in the intro class by coming in for a full recording session. This workshop will teach you the process of setting up and tracking a full band in Vera’s Studio! Subjects will include a deeper look at all of the topics covered in the Intro class with an emphasis on microphone techniques, signal flow, and critical listening.
Creating a good monitor mix is one of the most important skills for a live sound engineer to master. This advanced class will teach you the basic techniques in a low pressure environment. Subjects will include an introduction to Vera’s stage monitors, the basic ‘ringing out’ of monitors, EQing, and setting levels. The use of these techniques will allow you to create a clear monitor mix that will help performers be at their best.
This is the big one! A full two hours of mixing a live band in a low pressure environment beginning with the basics of mixing at the front of house board and ending with a full blown mix. Subject matter will include: Setting up for a mix, preamps, EQ settings, mixing styles, sound pressure levels, advanced outboard gear techniques and lots of critical listening.
In this class one of Vera’s experienced Audio Engineers will walk you through the basic setup of a mix and discuss the many ways you can reach your desired goal. Discover how critical listening for the music’s genre, EQ and compression techniques, bussing/aux sends and special effect plugins all combine to create a “master ready” mixdown.