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Excellent course. Learned a lot. It did take a few times before I finally understood it but I thank you for taking the time to create these videos. I.M.
I usually expect to get more out of real-world hands-on applications due to the way I learned, but I found this course greatly helpful with respect to my understanding of a few basic concepts, mainly electricity. J.O.
Principles of Audio was a great follow up to How Sound Systems Work. The content and videos are fantastic. The ability to read, watch the videos and quiz yourself multiple times helped give me a better understanding of the material. I will continue to go over the material when time permits until the course expires. S.S.
Good Course. Learned a lot. D.T.
I really enjoy the reinforcement style of the lessons, first reading then listening. D.S.
It is great! It would be nice to have a system where an incorrect answer on a quiz reveals an explanation after grading. I have seen this in other online quizzes. C.W.
Very informative with lots of good information. I like to think i know the basic principles of audio systems but this was a good refresher course for me personally. J.L.
Good course. I learned more about speakers than I have known in the past. J.H.
I was intrigued about the principles and hopefully this will help me get better in the audio visual field. D.V.
This course has help me to understand how the system component and environment react together. A.O.
Overall, the course was a really good overview of audio basics. As someone with a fair amount of experience with audio topics, and who is a HW engineer at an audio company, much of the material was familiar. But still, there were some gaps that this course filled- especially loudspeaker and acoustics topics.
I liked taking the course online, because it was easy to fit into my work day, and because it was easy to start and stop, replay a section, etc. Sometimes I would pause the course, do some thinking or some math, and then start it again.
It would be nice to be able to download the course pdfs all together- maybe in one zip file or something like that. S.L.
This was a very informative course thank you! D.K.
This course is very thorough which is great but can become intimidating at some points. The definitions list in the beginning of each unit are helpful when tackling the subject matter. R.G.
I’ve (finally) been able to dig into the courses – they’re super interesting and helpful! It’s great to begin to understand what things mean when they’re mentioned around the office. A.C.
“There is a lot of repetitive topics within individual sections as well as through the whole program.” M.M. Pat Brown sometimes brings the principle up again but from a different angle. Oftentimes, a different approach to explaining it brings clarity. Brenda Brown
I thought the material was well put together. C.T.
All is good, clear explanation but some of the examples are made too layman. E.S.
Oh and by the way, awesome job making this training course. I’m actually a commercial airplane pilot by trade, and this is one of the best, most organized, comprehension targeting training I have ever experienced. Nice job to everyone there. C.H.
This course is great and the time you give to finish is good but sometimes working and training at the same time can be hard. The contractors that I have worked that come in and fine tune the systems after they are installed have all recommended this course. P.G.
Appreciate the use of graphics/animations and audio to facilitate learning. Suggestion would be to intersperse questions or interactive activities throughout the course material. D Y.
Very much enjoyed the course. Appreciate the explanations of basic electricity principles. R.L.
I could be mistaken, but it seems to me that some of the questions on the exam were not covered in the material. One question that comes to mind was about the minimum recommended input to a mixer being -60 dB. While I got the answer correct because I am experienced and taking the course as a refresher, I do not recall that specific information being covered in the course. M.M.
In the real-world of audio, you have to be able to reason your way through a problem. That is the process that Pat hopes to teach through this course. Some of the exam questions required reasoning but the principles were covered. Brenda Brown
This was a great course. D.F.
It was very detailed I like it. J.C.
Liked the illustrations. T.G.
I think the material is presented in an easy to digest format, even so I felt a little mentally exhausted towards the end and took another day to review and fully let the info sink in. I re-took the final exam the following day and had a much better score. Maybe a suggestion to take a day after the final video. J.G.
Good course that covers a lot of material. It provides a good coverage of essential audio knowledge. G.S.
I really enjoyed the course it was well put together. S.D.
I absolutely LOVED this course and cannot wait to take the level 200 and 300 courses! Great job with developing the material, and the funny graphics kept me engaged. The only thing I would change is to include all of the graphics in the supplemental graphics PDFs. I found myself doing screen shots of the other graphics and copying them to a Word doc for future reference, since the graphics were very helpful learning tools.
Please keep up the great work with your courses. I’ve loved music and audio technology for decades, and this course was both a great refresher, and also filled in some major gaps that I had in my audio knowledge. This course was both humbling and exciting. Thank you! T.M
I thought this required a little more attention than the previous course I had. Most particularly due to a more in-depth look at sound systems, and the involvement of math and electricity. The course overall had more important information. J.P.
I have been working on my CTS renewal for a while now and the quality of SynAudCon
courses stands out well above most online courses I’ve taken. Keep up the good work. P.E.
I am going to go through the course again. It contained a lot of information I’ve been wanting to know. I’ve been working with audio/video for the past 9 years & had worked with much of the equipment & scenarios shown in your course.
It is good to know “why” things work “how” they do – rather just doing it because I was told. S.N
Good Course! D.G.
Course was great. Easy to follow. The breaks in each video were just long enough to grasp the understanding of the concepts shown. T.N.
The course is very helpful and useful for technicians to learn more about audio and components that we use in the field. D.H.
This course is very informative and educational. B.F.
I should have taken these before CTS. This information would have helped me on it. D.M.
Decent overview. Bit too in depth on some things, but overall good foundations. A.F.
Enjoyed getting deeper into audio. R. G.
I’m really loving these courses so much knowledge I had never thought to look for. D.M
I loved the training in an online format. I tend to learn the most by rewinding and being able to refer back to previous content.
Thanks for providing this great resource! J.M.
I think I took Principles of Audio thru SynAudCon. Well worth it, especially for those of us who lack a basic Sound 101 background. B.D.
I thought the information was informative and definitely worth the coursework and time. I felt there was a lot to learn and based on a few relearning situations and review of the material I felt confident in the material. T. C.
The training depth and time to complete the course is a great match for the cost of the course. K.G.
I like this format very much. B.W.
I thought it was quite thorough and had fun comical additions that keep the viewer engaged. I really enjoy the length of the videos, they seem appropriate for the average attention span. I’m not sure I have anything truly productive to suggest. I personally enjoyed the classes and learned quite a bit of information on topics I was already comfortable in. You do a fantastic job of breaking down each section that allows the student to really learn and grasp the section being discussed. I look forward to more courses. C.M.
This course was very thorough. The decibel section is quite overwhelming, but I just reread and watched the videos multiple times. J.T.
I thought all the info was good and expanded on what I already knew. P.A.
I really enjoyed the material and look forward to future courses. C. M.
Course was easy to follow and progressed at a good pace. L.W.
I’m sure the rest of my team will be using this training as it’s very beneficial and a great refresh. Very well covered and like the idea of repeat learning. M.B.
I enjoyed the explanations with visuals, they really helped me grasp the concepts. However, the some of the questions were worded in ways that led me to misinterpret what it was actually asking. C.C.
I will forward you comment to Pat Brown, the developer of the training. I know one of his goals through the questions is to help you reason – because reasoning skills are especially important when it comes to troubleshooting. Brenda Brown
As meticulous as it may be I would like there to be more in depth explanations on the formulas. I felt like if I didn’t have an exceptionally strong backing in math (and I know I’m strong in math when I can wrap my head around it) that none of the formulas made any sense. It felt similar to someone showing you how to paint a Mona Lisa in “3 easy steps” which would obviously take hundreds of steps. I appreciate the ability this course has to be concise and quick about things, but those parts I feel need to have more time devoted to how and why they work and may be relevant to my every day work as an Audio/Visual Installer. J.S
I like the online classes your company has with the trainer explaining things and I can look over the printed version at the same time. That seems to be the best way for me to learn is to hear and see what is being presented instead of just reading it myself. P.N.
Some of the test questions could be a bit more clear. Just like you like to say, almost everything in audio “just depends” some of the questions can fall victim to this. Now for a large majority you have done a great job of being specific and maybe I am over analyzing the situations presented but I missed some questions due to either over-analyzing or circumstantial basis.
I came into these classes with a pretty heavy knowledge in the topics being covered but I listened to instructions and followed the curriculum strictly because audio can be taught very differently. Learning these similar concepts through different instructors can be beneficial due to use of different terminology.
Overall I thought this course provided adequate instructions to understanding audio. D.A.
The presentation is good. Furthermore, topics are well discuss, even though I would like to see more video for demonstration still I find it excellent. B. DA.
Nice course and very easy to follow along. Great video presentations definitely assisted in wrapping my head around some of the more difficult concepts. M.P.
Another great an very informative class! Thank you! W.H.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
You don’t understand how much this is a big push on to the next step for me! I have always had a passion for AV, but there was a lot that was still grey to me until now! I am grateful for the opportunity you guys have paved and only have great things to say! G.M. Took Course 50, 100 and 200.
Good course, lots of great information. N.C.
Great course. Easy to navigate. D.R.
I can take the training at my own pace. This is great for busy schedule. R.C.
It was a thorough and in-depth course. M.G.
I think its one of the best training. N.B.
As mentioned in your videos before. I knew this stuff. I just had no idea I needed a refresher coarse to remind me of things I have just put in to practice out of habit. Often times now when leading, one of my team members may ask while they are doing an install. Maybe hanging speakers lets say. How do you want this boxes hung and pointed. I get up a review of the room. Make mental calculations and say,”Hang it like this”. The follow-up questions from the techs who care ask. Why did you pick that angle? I normally say. I been doing this forever. I am normally too busy to explain myself. Now I can point them to these classes. It not only helps develop the tech. It help me in field when some else knows these fundamentals. Then I can have a person to bounce ideas off of. And speak the same language. Cool stuff. Thanks! M.O
The graphics were very helpful and the presentation was very thoughtfully laid out in good chunks at a time. L.C
Wonderful course. Very informative. I am really enjoying these courses. A. H.
No complaints. Great work. C.E.
The “real world” examples definitely made things easier to understand. Color coding portions of equations was helpful as well because math doesn’t come easily for me. The great thing about this being online is I can watch the videos as many times as needed until I finally get it. This was a great course! M.E.
This was a lot of information to synthesize in one course and it was done very well. I think some optional activities like solving for SPL or some equations with the inverse square would be helpful. N.B. Great Suggestion. Pat will be adding some examples of this in the course. B.B
Excellent course. I printed all the lessons, but having the slides print as well as the text would be helpful. Seeing the pictures discussed helps. K.P.
Thank you Brenda and team for the great content. I definitely want to complete all the online courses available to me. Can’t wait to start them in the new year. S.V.
These courses certainly help me further my education in the audio field which is where my passion lies! J.M.
The course is well put together and presented. While some of the quiz answers could be interpreted differently, the overall course gave me a different perspective and showed me areas that I thought I knew well but really needed help with. K.W.
These courses are very well constructed and interesting for me, coming from a live audio background. Looking forward to working my way through more of the courses! M.W.
I got more out of it than I thought I would. It was hard but not too hard. C.S.
I like that the main text is available as a PDF as well, I find that reading that and then watching the video as a review helps get the concepts down well. C.N.
I thought it was a good training exercise. I.S.
The course is great. Maybe a little more depth on the basic electronics – I am a little weak in this area.
I think that the analogies are great. The take away is that I am learning and discovering new information in audio. G.W.
I noticed that some test questions seemed to be applied a little beyond the presentation. If I had not worked with some of this in real life I would have likely not had the ability to draw relatable conclusions. That’s not a complaint, however, because it’s needed to stretch. As it stood, I was challenged and it produced so many gaps in my understanding being closed. Very well done. Thank you. J.P John, you described it well. The quiz questions are another learning tool to help you reason so you can enhance your troubleshooting skills. The quiz scores to not count towards your final grade. Brenda Brown
I really enjoyed the course. I liked the animations. The course was very engaging. I have taken a lot of industry courses and they are pretty boring. The final exam was a good challenge. The information is not spoon fed and taught for the exam. You really have to dig deep and figure out the answer from the course material. H.H.
I initially thought the price was high for an online training course, but it is really packed with good information and now feel the price is appropriate. I have been doing sound for 17 years and there were several things that I learned, or had presented in a much more understandable way. It was like taking a condensed college course! C.S.
Great course. Loved the material covered. M.R.
I have done other audio courses on line and this is the most helpful in understanding the AV field. K.V.
I’d love some more explanation on the electrical side of this course. I don’t have an electrical background and some of the topics discussed are still a little bit fuzzy to me. G.A.
This course was very informative and challenging for me. I really enjoyed the material and will but a large percentage of it to good use. D.K.
This online course should be nationally certified.
This online course should be nationally certified and be a specified requirement for anyone doing professional audio work. This was a challenge and I really enjoyed it. I have to say this course is one of the few I’ve taken that really emphasizes application of the theory. Memorization is fine, but not everyone knows how to apply what they learn. The quizzes and final test definitely make sure you can apply the material to real-world situations. I’ve had a rough time finding good resources to educate myself in this field ..until now.
I learned a lot from this course and I’m looking forward to the next level. Extremely well done!
Mark Balthis, Koorsen Fire & Security
Explained the best.
I thought this course was packed with useful information essential to the AV field, and explained the best I have heard / read so far.
Graduate of How Sound Systems Work and Principles of Audio
Helped my troubleshooting skills.
This online training helped me with my trouble shooting skills and gave me a better understanding of the systems. Very good course.
Stephen Smith, AVI-SPL
Thank you so much for been part of my story.
Thank you so much for been part of my story. I can never quantify the amount information and knowledge that I have added since I started the training.
I am looking forward to starting Course 200 immediately?
Thank you so much
I enjoyed learning the why .
I enjoyed learning “the why”. This will help me eliminate problems from the start.
I just finished the Principles of Audio online training. Lots of stuff I already knew but presented in a way that was the more concise than I could have ever thought of. There were also information that I just simply didn’t know or misunderstood.
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Explained in a simple way.
Having the ability to play the videos over as many times as I need is nice. I liked that everything is explained in a simple way and it doesn’t become overly complicated trying to cover every term of phrase for everything (ex. Ground vs Common vs Neutral vs Cold). Yes there are differences but you don’t spend time getting hung up on technical differences and just get down to the facts that we need to learn. I also like that I was not intimidated by being forced to remember every equation and math problem out there to pass this course. It’s the fundamentals that are retained and doesn’t take me back to math class in high school.
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It took me to a deeper level.
I really enjoyed the course and learned things I thought I already knew! Things like terms I’ve used and thought I understood but not to the extent it was explained in the course.