ABTT Silver Award for Theatre Sound Technicians (Warwick)

Member’s price £896+VAT

Non-member’s price £1019+VAT

30 July – 3 August | 10:00 am

Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre

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ABTT Silver Award for Theatre Sound Technicians (Warwick)

What is the Silver Award for Sound Technicians?

The Silver Award is a five day course which gives candidates more in-depth knowledge and understanding of best practice in Theatre Sound Engineering. It allows candidates to specialise further and validate experience in a specific area whilst progressing on from the Bronze Award.

Who can do the course?

Candidates wanting to pursue the Silver Award for Sound Technicians should have gained the knowledge and skills covered by the Bronze Award prior to considering undertaking this course.

How is the course structured?

The course is split into six sections, these include:

1. Electronics Fundamentals Part One

2. Electronics Fundamentals – Part Two

3. Sound Communications

4. Sound Essentials

5. Advanced Sound

6. Electrical Equipment Testing (EET/PAT Testing)

The training is followed by the Silver Award Test.

What is covered in the course?

Courses 1 and 2: Electronics Fundamentals teach basic electronic theory and soldering skills, passive-basic semiconductor components, simple circuits, common power components and fuses. Kirchoff’s Laws, AC/DC, power, energy, resistor networks, capacitor networks, inductors, transformers, switches and electronic switches, potential divider circuits, passive filters, impedance, diodes & LEDs, AC rectification, fuses, MCBs, RCDs. Sensors, actuators and Boolean logic are also included.

Course 3: Sound Communications covers communication systems in theatre required to run smooth shows. Wired headsets systems, show relay and paging, cue lights, CCTV, analogue, digital wireless talkback systems, and how to interface several systems together.

Course 4: Sound Essentials covers important theoretical knowledge you need to understand, such as
fundamentals of sound, making the right connections, gain structure, signal to noise ratio, loudspeaker impedance, microphone types & digital theory.

Course 5: Advanced Sound covers theoretical and practical skills including sound wave theory, digital theory, MIDI, harmonic series, acoustics, reverberation time, Has effect, drawing sound system plans, computerised playback system and the knowledge to design sound systems for musical theatre.

Course 6: Electrical Equipment Testing (EET/PAT Testing) will set out systems to organise In-Service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment (EET/PAT testing) of theatre electrical equipment and how to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations for inspection & testing. The course includes visual inspection and electrical testing; testing periods; record keeping; system of inspection and testing; selection of suitable testing instruments, inspection requirements and the need to ‘risk assess’ the requirement for inspections and test.

How do I progress after this course?

Once a Silver Award has been achieved, many students decide that they wish to broaden their skill set and do a further “Silver Award” course in a different area. Alternatively – some decide they want to progress on the final Gold Award Course once they have moved in to managerial roles.

We offer the Gold Award Course to support the candidate in managerial roles within the Industry. Candidates should have responsibility for the management of the working environment and the practices therein.

Thank you for a great week, I learnt a lot in such a small space of time and have already made plans on how to implement what I was taught into everyday life at my Theatre. The instructors were fantastic really knew what they were talking about.

ABTT Silver Candidate, Summer School 2018


Warwick Arts Centre

University of Warwick

Coventry CV4 7AL

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