Optimize Your Speaker Positioning - Acoustics Masterclass

Make better choices when placing your speakers and studio monitors - instantly improve your sound quality.
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Instructed by Mr Rafe Sholer Music / Production
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

Invaluable information that can make your listening experience so much better...

Welcome to Acoustics. This course is designed to provide an understanding of monitor placement, and the key concepts regarding studio monitors. Topics explored include principals of studio monitor and subwoofer placement, early reflections, RT60 time, and Speaker Boundary Interference Response.

Delivered in 13 lectures in 4 sections, a keen student could complete the course in as little as one afternoon, but 1 week is recommended. At the end of each section, a quiz will recap on knowledge learnt.

Aimed at small studios, the content is equally relevant for large studios, listening rooms and home theatres. Completion of this course will result in a better understanding of room acoustics, and a better sound from your studio monitors or home theatre system.

What are the requirements?

  • A computer capable of playing video
  • Stereo (left and right) speakers or headphones
  • English language fluency
  • No prior knowledge of acoustics is required, though some experience setting up speakers or studio monitors is helpful

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Better sound from your speakers or studio monitors
  • A complete understanding of monitor placement
  • Knowledge of studio monitor types and specific models
  • Understanding of optimal room layouts for monitoring

Who is the target audience?

  • Music studio users
  • Audio enthusiaists
  • Acoustic engineers
  • Home theatre users
  • Musicians
  • Anyone interested in quality sound

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Section 1: Introduction
Overview of the Course
Required Knowledge
Section 2: Types and Placement
Studio Monitor Types
Specific Models of Studio Monitors
Accuracy vs Translation
Studio Monitor Positioning and Subwoofer Placement
Section Review
5 questions
Section 3: Problems, Solutions and Monitoring Concepts
Studio Monitors - Common Problems and Solutions
Resonance and SBIR
Reflections and Reverberation
Reflections and Reverberation pt. 2
Reflections and Reverberation pt. 3
Section Review
6 questions
Section 4: Modern Designs
Symmetry in Monitor Placement and Soffit Mounting
RFZ and LEDE Designs + Course Summary
Course Review
10 questions

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Instructor Biography

Mr Rafe Sholer, Pro Trainer

Rafe Sholer began studying music in 1987 - when just 3 years old. Taking piano lessons under the Suzuki method, Rafe composed his first song when he was 7.

After completing his Bachelor of Music degree, Rafe worked as a a Senior Broadcast Technician for ABC Radio for over 5 years. He then completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and began work as a Lecturer in Music Technology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCM), Queensland University of Technology and JMC Academy. Subjects taught included MIDI sequencing, Pro Tools use, Ableton, Live sound and Acoustics. Rafe currently teaches students privately while running the music services company Custom Compositions.

Rafe Sholer's music has been used in TV Shows, Films, Video Games and much more, including high profile programs such as The 7:30 Report. He was selected as a Finalist in the 2012 Queensland Music Awards, and has placed in the Top 10 of the MusicOZ Awards. Rafe releases music with several respected record labels worldwide; his most popular release was listened to by over 22,000 people in just 3 days, scoring the Number One spot on prominent music blog Dubstep.

Rafe continues to juggle teaching and musical endeavours, and is passionate about both vocations.

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