Course Title: Mix live audio

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART6072C

Course Title: Mix live audio

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Michael Pollard
Phone: 99258135                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Email:

Teacher: Paul Thomas                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Phone: 9925 4976

Nominal Hours: 140

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to mix audio for live performance. As such it builds on other units dealing with the set-up and operation of basic audio equipment. With a focus on the basic practical approaches required to work in today’s entry level live sound environment, you will be exposed to a range of preparatory process, audio hardware and interconnectivity standards. The unit defines a minimum standard for the mixing of live audio. This unit will set-up essential approaches to you to develop their own skills.

This is the designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for C4276/C4276A Certificate IV in Sound Production. This course includes a WIL experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUESOU04C Mix live audio


1.Tune and balance audio equipment.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Power up equipment and check to ensure it is in working order.
1.2 Match interfaces between audio and destination in accordance with level, impedance, phase and frequency.
1.3 Route signals to correct signal path.


2. Mix audio sources.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Mix audio to produce the required audio level and tonal balance in accordance with production requirements.
2.2 Monitor signal paths throughout the performance.
2.3 Select effects in accordance with production requirements.
2.4 Adjust equalisation for required tonal balance.
2.5 Adjust relative fader levels in accordance with the musical context.
2.6 Balance signal levels appropriately.
2.7 Produce transitions between sound signals that are technically accurate and produce the required effect.
2.8 Ensure that the level of the composite signal is within technical limits and the desired dynamic range.
2.9 Maintain overall audio level in accordance with venue requirements and safe noise levels.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. You will acquire the essential approaches and skills for live sound production and operation of associated equipment.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• Class lectures
• Group activities
• Hands-on activities in small groups
• Location/venue exposure
• Practical application of Sound Reinforcement equipme
• Cable maintenance reviews
• Practical workplace simulation

Out of class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• Online research and reporting
• Webinars
• Reading of provided notes/excerpts of industry publications
• Blogs

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentASSESSMENTS DUEElements
Semester 1
Class 1
Week 9
Introduction to and prep for LIVE SOUND LOG (Formative Assessment 6)
Will be delivered during Operate Professional Audio Equipment VART6071C in week 9.
Semester 1
Class 2
Week 11
Repair & Maintain cabling - intro 1.1, 1.2, 1.6
Semester 1
Class C
Week 12
Construction of TS connector & cableFormative Assessment 11.1, 1.2, 1.6
Semester 1
Class 3
Week 13
Construction of TRS connector & cableFormative Assessment 21.1, 1.2, 1.6
Semester 1
Class 4
Week 14
Construction of XLR connector & cableFormative Assessment 31.1, 1.2, 1.6
Semester 1
Class 5
Week 15
Construction of Y-cable

Formative Assessment 4


1.1, 1.2, 1.6
Semester 1
Class 6
Week 16
Feedback & Review 1.1, 1.2, 2.2
Semester 2
Class 7
Week 1
Intro, overview, toolkit, resources – handout – intro to Line-ListPrepare sound mixing console for operation1.1, 1.2,
Semester 2
Class 8
Week 2
Intro to Tuning, review active speaker, mixer & rack processing
1-on-1 Graphic Tuning
Prepare sound mixing console for operation
Students to log onto AVID Webinairs1.1, 1.2, 1.5
Semester 2
Class 9
Week 3
Intro to FOH w/ Sub & monitor tuning – small team set-up with role swapOperate console during production1.4, 1.5, 1.3, 1.6
Semester 2
Class 10
Week 4
Intro to Digital mixers – Presonus Studio LiveOperate console during production1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 2.1
Semester 2
Class 11
Week 5

Formative Assessment 5. Ausmusic DVD with questionnaire

Operate console during production

Questionaire completed in class2.1, 2.3
Semester 2
Class 12
Week 6
Full simulated FOH & 4x monitors with Rec Split
Operate console during production
Line list #1 -submission due2.4, 1.2
Semester 2
Class 13
Location workshop (Tote)
Summative assessments are conducted between week 7 & week 16, dependent on venue availability. Group summative assessment dates and times will be given in class
Summative Assessment 71.1-1.7
Semester 2
Class 14
Location workshop (Corner) Summative Assessment
Complete work operations Voltage Controlled Amplifiers Notes to be read by today
Summative assessments are conducted between week 7 & week 16, dependent on venue availability. Group summative assessment dates and times will be given in class
Formative Assessment 6
Summative Assessment 7

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

•Soldering Iron, solder, goggles and multimeter
•Program handout (class reference guide).
•AVID Webinaires
•Others will be prescribed during orientation and on Blackboard


As well as texts and materials mentioned above and below, you are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information, including recommendations for suggested texts.

Other Resources

• You will purchase material for construction of cabling as instructed in semester 1.
• You will be required to provide your own hearing protection (plugs) for classes.
• You may prefer to use your own fully enclosed headphones on venue days to ensure accurate monitoring of recordings and mixes.
• You may prefer to your their own Shure SM58 for tuning exercises.
• Webinars will require access to suitable high speed internet with audio listening ability.
• NB Students will be required to purchase materials for an approx cost of $30. (This costs is subject to change)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include practical exercises in cable repair & maintenance and microphone-handling , setting up and tuning a speaker system, audio mixing and operating live audio production software and produciton of live sound reinforcement.

Assessment Tasks




Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.
For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Assessment

1. Construction of TS connector & cable - Sem 1

2. Construction of TRS connector & cable -Sem 1

3. Construction of XLR connector & cable - Sem 1

4. Construction of Y-cable. - Sem 1

5. In-Class quiz – you will respond to questions regarding an in-class DVD & discussion. - Sem 2

6. Live Sound production log (both semesters) (This may be holistically assessed with unit EMPL5641C).


Summative Assessment

Semester 2

7. Practical Audio Mixing Skills will be assessed via hands-on practical set-ups in the following key procedures (to be conducted TBA);

a. Handle, Store and Roll Cable – this involves demonstration of your cable rolling skills.

b. Handle, Store and Set Stand - this involves demonstration of your microphone stand handling and setting-up skills.

c. Tune Speakers with Microphone and Equaliser – this involves demonstration of your ability to use your voice and microphone to tune a speaker.

d. Set-up Speaker System and Desk/Rack – this involves exposure to various components and demonstration of your ability to set-up a sound system including mixing audio.
e. Line List – you will complete an example document to reflect planning and set-up for 2 gigs.

The summative assessment process will be made on the weeks indicated as Semester 2, weeks 7* & 8* in weekly outline. Students will be advised of specific details in class.

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission) 
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece 
of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. 
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