WSI Entertainment takes an industry based approach to live performance.
Each week of the course features a range of live performances including musicians, bands and theatre performers. Students are the crew for these performances. Working as part of a team is important and these skills are developed along with good communication practice that makes a good gig even better.
Diploma students are rostered to undertake a range of duties during our live music performances from Mixing FOH, looking after monitors' side of stage or supervising backline and setting the stage. Using a range of PA system technologies including Yamaha digital and Allen & Heath analogue consoles builds versatility and practical skills. Supported by Shure and Sennheiser wireless audio system cabled, or not, students practice managing the technology. These "real world" gigs allow each student to face real gig problems and issues and learn to think on their feet.
During the weekly lighting practical workshops student’s design, supervise rigging and testing lighting for our weekly live performances. Building on knowledge of the common types of lighting fixture, DMX and basic lighting control systems, DMX and focus practices gained from previous study or industry experience, students gain knowledge of Grand MA lighting control software and its application in controlling conventional and intelligent lighting systems.
Production professionals are required to use a range of audio equipment. This course has weekly theory classes overviewing each major type of audio device, the common controls they feature and introductory tips on how to use each item. Microphones, mixing consoles, equalisers, compressors, loudspeakers, effects, decibel and sound theory are all covered. Each topic embraces the basic features for each piece of equipment and builds on that knowledge to comprehensively define common operational practices and sound production theory.
Practitioners in the live production industry must be able to do much more than just operate the production equipment. Managing production paperwork, rostering crew, planning for events and performances in different venues all require management skills. Wellbeing of each worker in the production workplace is essential as are business financial practices needed to operate a small business. The course has a work session each week in our computer lab where students are mentored in these skills.
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