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Sound Workshop - Calibration and Design Techniques for Modern Sound Systems

Performing Arts

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Program Information

Program Overview

This four-day workshop covers the physics of sound, RTAs, dual channel FFTs, optimizable loudspeaker configurations, and sound system alignment. 

What does the program offer?

Level one of this two-level workshop (see: Line Arrays, Subwoofer Techniques) offers participants insight into the proper approach when designing and calibrating a sound system of any size for any event. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from faculty Merlijn Van Veen, one of the few people in the world who specializes in this area. This is a rare opportunity to attend a workshop given by Merlijn in North America.

This program will enable participants to create predictable and repeatable sound system designs, regardless of brand and type of speaker, and to verify the results using the dual channel FFT analyzer. The complete transmission path from source to receiver will be thoroughly investigated in the acoustical, electrical, and psycho-acoustical domains.

Who should apply?

  • Audio professionals in A/V, sound design, as well as live sound for theatre and venues
  • University faculty teaching audio in theatre and/or entertainment programs
  • Students studying audio in theatre and entertainment programs
  • IATSE members and permittees specializing in audio
  • Live sound rental companies
  • Venue audio staff


What's Included

Economy Single or Shared RoomRead MoreClose

When applying, choose between staying in an economy single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program. For more information on campus accommodations, please click here.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Full Flex Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Single room package (SOLD OUT)
Shared room package
Workshop only

A non-refundable registration fee of $135 will be charged upon registration.  Banff Centre reserves the right to cancel a program up to 7 days prior to program start date if there is insufficient enrollment. If the program is cancelled all registrants will receive a full refund of any program fees paid. Banff Centre is not liable for any personal/travel expenses incurred. 

CITT members are eligible for a 10% discount on workshop tuition only. Please provide your CITT member number in the comment section of the online application to receive the discount.

How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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