This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to mix audio for live shows in the screen, media, entertainment and events industries.

Individuals who apply these skills work autonomously in a team environment as they take responsibility for the front of house mix, which involves creating quality sound for audiences. They may also be responsible for supervising others.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - mix live audio for at least two performances or productions in line with production requirements; - mix live audio using both analogue and digital mixing desks; - work collaboratively.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:- explain the features and mixing capabilities of a range of analogue and digital front of house consoles; - explain how the matrix and main outputs of consoles are used; - explain how signal processing options can be used for troubleshooting and for creative effects; - describe techniques for adding and patching sub-mixers into sound systems; - describe how the following apply when mixing live audio: - automation and cue delivery; - contemporary audio effectors and digital system processing (DSP) effects; - SMPTE time code and musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) to fire cues and automation; - voltage control amplifier (VCA) masters.

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