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Are you a musician and want to understand how a PA system works, or perhaps have an interest in running live sound at a small club or a church and are not sure how to get started? Maybe you just want to know what all those knobs do? Whatever your interest in live sound is, this three-part series will take you from setting up a small PA system to running sound for the band and learning all the parts in between. Open to adults age 18 and up.

Each week will take you into a deeper understanding of a live sound engineer’s job with the theory and techniques used in today’s industry. This series will be taught by Barbara Adams, a professor in the Rowan University Music Industry program. Barbara has 25 years of experience in live sound with an extensive background in FOH and monitors for venues and touring. She has been teaching for 10 years and will help you understand the basics in live sound.

This series is designed for you to attend all three weeks. It will run March 7 – March 21, 2020 on Saturdays from 9:30am -12pm in the Music Industry studio on Rowan’s main campus. Class will be capped at 12 students to make sure that everyone has a chance for hands on learning, so sign up early.

Week 1 – Learn the various parts of the sound system and how they work. Put together a system and learn how to wire it properly. Critical listening methods and frequency training will help get your ears ready to mix. 

Week 2 – Learn how to set up microphones for various instruments in a live setting. Learn how to patch a stage properly. Learn how to write a proper input list and stage plot.

Week 3 – Now that you understand all the parts, and have mic’d the stage, it is time to mix. Learn signal flow through a console and using Virtual Soundcheck, mix a live show.

Dates, Times, Location

Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 9:30am-12:00pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 9:30am-12:00pm
Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 9:30am-12:00pm

Room 113 (Recording Studios), Wilson Hall, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Workshop Fee


Refund Policy:

No refunds after March 2, 2020