Audio Applications – System Optimization and Equalization

This course addresses the issues that are the weak links in almost every sound system, including gain structure,
basic acoustics, equalization, and amplifier/loudspeaker deployment. Watch the video to learn more.

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Course Description

Description

Anyone can tweak and twiddle to get a sound system up and running. But, is it optimized? Is it operating at its fullest potential? Why guess when you can have solid answers to the following questions.

  • Is my system noise floor as low as it can be?
  • Is the system equalized correctly from a technical perspective?
  • Do I have the right amplifier for my loudspeaker?
  • What is the maximum SPL my system can safely produce?
  • Am I losing signal in my loudspeaker cables?

The answers to these and many other system questions are unique for each sound system. Audio Applications presents principles and procedures that will allow you to reason your way through the system setup and calibration. You can have confidence that your system is at its best, and you can know how to find the weak links when it is not.

The course includes

  • 10 lessons
  • 28 instructional videos
  • Video text and some graphics
  • Audio Click-Rule Windows calculator
  • Quiz after each lesson to test your knowledge
  • Final Exam

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Course Materials for you to keep include includes the video text, lesson graphics, and the Audio Click-Rule Windows program. These are great resources for reviewing what you have learned.

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Instructor

Instructor

Pat BrownPat Brown is a 1978 graduate of the University of Louisville with a degree in electrical engineering technology. With a background as a musician, sound technician, retail music store owner, contractor, and consultant, he is familiar with the many aspects of audio. He served as an associate instructor to audio legend and SynAudCon founder, Don Davis. Pat along with his wife Brenda own and operate SynAudCon and have been providing training for the audio industry since 1996. Pat, the main instructor for SynAudCon, has the unique gift of being able to share his knowledge of complex technical topics in an easy-to-understand real world way through multi-media demonstrations. SynAudCon is recognized as an industry leader in audio education.

SynAudCon offers both in-person and online audio training. There are regularly scheduled in-person seminars and special one-time events on audio-related topics. With the release of the online training in 2010, SynAudCon training is now more accessible worldwide.

Pat writes articles for several publications. He authored three chapters for Glen Ballou’s Handbook for Sound Engineers and is co-author of Sound System Engineering 4th Edition. He considers SynAudCon online audio training courses as his most complete book, being able to explain the concepts and principles with animations and demonstrations.

He was chosen as NSCA Educator of the Year in 2005 and NSCA Mover and Shaker Award in 2011. He received Great Britain’s Peter Barnett Award in 2012.

SynAudCon has given private seminars to many companies and organizations, including the Kennedy Space Center, Disney World, Sea World, IMAX, Purdue University, the US military, Siemens and many audio manufacturers. He has conducted seminars in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, South America, Australia and Canada.

Pat and Brenda Brown founded a second business in 2005 Pro Sound Testing, Inc. Pro Sound Testing measures loudspeakers to produce data files for use in room acoustics modeling programs. Pro Sound Testing was the first company of its kind in the USA. The experience of developing a measurement facility and measuring hundreds of loudspeakers from dozens of manufacturers has allowed him to develop some methodologies and specifications that have influenced a number of industry standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

How long will it take me to compete this course?

I hate to use the words “it depends” but is really does. It depends on your level of experience.

Here is a brief layout of the course.

Audio Applications consists of 11 lessons. After each lesson, you may take a quiz. Each quiz has 15 questions. The questions required that you have a good understanding of the principles that are taught.

After completing the lessons and quizzes, you may take a final exam. The final exam is about 45 questions. With a passing score, you will receive a certificate of completion and CEU’s.

You will have 3 opportunities to pass the final exam. We consider 80% as the passing score.

What if I got into the first couple of lessons and realized I should have taken a more basic course?

No worries. The upper levels courses assumed you that you understand the principles presented in the lower level courses. If you need a more basic course, contact Brenda within 2 days of your key activation and she will exchange it.

We would like to urge you to take the self-evaluation quizzes. Take them more than once, new questions will appear. The quizzes will help you make a more informed decision.

We are developing an educational path for our employees. How does SynAudCon fit into this?

You will love this feature. SynAudCon online training is part of a Learning Management System which allows for tracking. Education supervisors may check the employee s progress, quiz and final exam scores.

Is there a time limit on watching the online training?

You will have 45 days to complete the course. The 45-day clock begins on the day that the course key is activated. If you need more time, no problem. Brenda will gladly extend it for you.

We want you to get the most of this learning opportunity. We would rather extend it than for you to rush through the course.

If you need a quick review of the course after it has expired, contact Brenda. She will reactivate the training for 5 days.

What course materials can I keep after the course?

Text to the training videos.
Lesson Graphics which are great for note-taking.

These resources are comparable to a course manual if you were attending an in-person seminar.

Will I receive a certificate?

Of course. After passing the final exam, a certificate of completion will be emailed to you within one business day. The certificate will include the information that you will need for the Continuing Education Units.

How do I ask questions about the this training?

We have created a support forum for our online training. You may post your questions there.

If you are little uncomfortable with this approach, please email us directly. We will make every effort to answer questions within 24 hours.

Tell me about the purchasing process.

  • After purchasing an online course(s), an activation key(s) will be emailed to the address given in the purchasing process. Here are the steps of activation.
  • If several courses are bought, send one activation key to each learner.
  • The learner taking the course will click on the activation key. It will ask for an email address.
  • If the learner is on our data base, it will take them directly to their Profile page.
  • If the learner new to SynAudCon, it will ask your name, email address and address. You then will be taken to your Profile page.
  • On your Profile page, you will see the course under Online Training . Click on the link and you will be taken into the Learning Management System.
  • Very Important. Be sure to watch the Introduction. This lesson will familiarize you with our Learning Management system which houses our online training.
  • You will have 45 days to complete the course once you click on the activation key. Email reminders will be sent to you. However, if you are running behind, contact Brenda. She will gladly extend it for you.

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Purchased online training content is intended only for the learner who will be taking the course. Sharing SynAudCon online training is a violation of the terms and conditions of this site. All actions are logged and monitored, and this policy will be strictly enforced.

We appreciate your cooperation in this as it allows us to actively develop new material and keep the price low for everyone.

Testimonials

Testimonials

Thank you for making learning audio possible for me.

Pat and Brenda I have to say that you Guys are sent from Heaven for me. I know learning audio it is very expensive but you guys made it possible to every one. I joined yesterday as member of SynAudCon and I couldn’t sleep because a lot of information I was looking and struggling from I found them in there.

Thank you so much for making Africa Tanzania better again in audio through me.  I can’t wait to meet Pat next year at Infocomm.

Thanks a lot.

Jedidia Chilijila (Taken five online courses)

Comparing online training to in-person training.

The training was great! I have attended 2 in-person classes and thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was a great refresher and helped firm up some concepts I already knew or forgot while adding to my knowledge base. Compared to the in-person training I feel that nothing is lost in the online courses I almost find the online training to be better because you don t have to drink from a fire hydrant over a day or two. I can review/repeat the modules to increase my retention. Kudos SynAudCon!

Warren Davis

This course changed my mind about online training.

The training was extremely valuable. It was by far one of the best training courses I have taken in a long while.

I have never been a fan of online training, but this course has changed my feelings on that for the following reasons.

1. I like having the ability to go back and review all the course material.
2. I was able to rewind and watch something 3 or 4 times until I fully understood the explanation.
3. I like doing the lessons at my speed, so I was not overloaded with all the information at once.

I’m so glad we have access to this training, I look forward to taking additional training from SynAudCon over the next few years.

Avery Prindall, CVE, CTS, DMC-D, VICOM (Virginia Integrated Communication)

It solidified the bits and pieces of knowledge I had picked up over my years.

I really enjoyed this course. I had many holes in my knowledge of sound reinforcement. This course really solidified the bits and pieces of knowledge I had picked up over my years in the a/v world. I especially liked the approach of the online training you developed. It was crucial for me to have the ability to rewind or repeat lesson material. Thank you for the instruction.

Paul Smith, iSoft Solutions

A small investment it has paid for itself over and over.

Best Regards and thanks to SynAudCon for enhancing my professional life. I mean SynAudCon has made an enormous difference in my career since my first class in 1994 and that translates to a better life in general for the small investment. It has paid for itself over and over.

Mike Mosakowski, Moe Co Inc.

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