Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course considers the use of audio equipment in the scenario of live music performance. Students will study a range of topics associated with sound reinforcement systems for music. This may include information about amplification equipment, safety issues, system configuration for various locations, microphone usage, room acoustics, cabling, basic electronic principles and monitoring. By the completion of the course they will obtain an understanding of many industry-standard practices in live sound.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of audio amplification equipment;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the configuration of live sound systems;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic electronics principles as applied to live sound;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of gain structure and signal flow and be able to approach problem solving logically;

5. Possess a knowledge of (and practically apply) safety and maintenance concerns;

6. Demonstrate the ability to use email, access web-based resources and to participate in electronic discussion groups.


Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Mixers
  • Speakers
  • Amplifiers
  • Power loading
  • Basic electronics
  • Compressors
  • Effects Units
  • Signal Flow
  • Gain Structure

Assumed knowledge

Students undertaking this course are required to have minimum levels of computer literacy and musical ability as necessary for entry into the Master of Music Technology and Graduate Certificate in Music Technology programs. No additional assumed knowledge is required. (Further details of the levels expected are available from the program convener.)

Assessment items

In Term Test: Examination: On-line

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Participation: Group/tutorial participation and contribution