MUST2058 - Live Sound


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination/Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical examination 1/2 1 hours
Home examination 1/2 4 hours

Course content

Practical work and theoretical introduction to basic PA systems. Key topics are: acoustical challenges and limitations, signal flow in audio systems, specification of audio equipment, practical use of microphones for live sound, planning and carrying out concert and theatre sound, esthetics and ideals.

Learning outcome


the candidate 

  • has knowledge of the various components of a PA system and how they work 
  • are familiar with different specifications of sound equipment
  • knows the basic techniques for processing and tuning sound in a concert situation 
  • knows basic knowledge about digital distribution of sound (via Dante)
  • knows the technical terminology related to sound from stage 
  • has basic knowledge of sound esthetics and ideals for various musical expressions 



The candidate 

  • can adapt sound equipment to various constellations of musicians in a concert context
  • can organize equipment based on a technical description (rider)
  • can do sound work at a stage production
  • can distribute audio digitally
  • can recognize common problems for live sound and solve these 
  • can communicate with the musicians on stage in a way that enhances the work situation 
  • can reflect on his/her work as responsible sound technician at a stage production, and justify technical and esthetic decisions

Learning methods and activities

Practically adapted lectures and exercises: The exercises will be practical work on concert sound, sound installations or similar. Information about exercises and requirements is given in Blackboard at semester start.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory classes

Further on evaluation

Practical exam will consist of controlling sound in a public environment, for instance with the use of PA-system. All components of the assessment must be passed. If you fail on one part of the examination you must retake the part which you have failed.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Film and Video Production (BFVPROD)
Music Performance Studies (BMUSP)
Music Technology (BMUST)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Bachelor's programme in Music Technology and passed MUST1053. 1-2 places are reserved for students at the Bachelor's programmes in Film and Video Production or Music Perfomance Studies.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MUST2056 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Technology
  • Music Performance Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Practical examination/Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Practical examination 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 1/2





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS School exam 1/2 E 2022-05-12 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Practical examination 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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