Links & Books
The following is a list of links to sound & AV industry
schools, trade associations offering training classes and companies
that provide web-based training resources.
- Columbia College
Chicago - Audio Arts & Acoustics Department
Columbia College Chicago is a university offering an education
in the arts. The Audio Arts & Acoustics Department is unique
academic environment where students can learn sound in a
full 4 year program. The audio program differs from other
schools, by offering concentrations in live & installed sound
and acoustics in addition to recording. Jeffrey
Lipp is on the part time faculty, teaching a class in sound
system design. The program offers internship opportunities
to it's best students. This is an excellent way for local
sound or AV contractors to find well-educated entry-level
InfoComm offers several multi-day classes on AV topics. These
training classes are offered at the yearly InfoComm trade
show, in June, as well as at their headquarters and on-line
on your own computer. Training ranges from basics for entry
level employees to advanced preparation classes for CTS
(Certified Technology Specialist) certification testing.
The on-site classes are held at it's headquarters in Virginia.
The classes include Install School, Design School, Rental
School, Videoconferencing & Boot Camp.
The Academy online classes include Quick Start, AV Essentials,
AV for Sales, Install School, Design School, Rental School
& AV Networking.
InfoComm publishes many excellent books on AV systems (see below).
- LinkedIn - AV Groups
Syn-Aud-Con provides two or three day audio training seminars
at locations around the country. These seminars cover the
basics of sound systems and sound system design. They are
ideal for training of entry level or moderately experienced
employees of contracting companies, rep firms or manufacturers.
- Pro Sound Web
Pro sound web offers many on-line articles on pro audio
topics. Various experts in the field have written the articles.
They also have several forums for question posting.
- How Stuff Works
How Stuff Works offers many interesting on-line science
articles on many topics. They range from how refrigerators,
to toys, to the human body, to even how beer works. They
have excellent articles on audio and video topics. Most
include very good pictures or animations.
- Recommended Books
A. All InfoComm books, Especially:
Grimes, Brad, CTS Certified
Technology Specialist Exam Guide, Second Edition.
McGraw Hill Education.
B. Davis, Don and Carolyn, Sound
System Engineering, Third Edition.
Howard W. Sams, Indianapolis, IN.
C. Giddings, Philip, Audio
Systems Design and Installation.
Focal Press, Boston, MA.
D. Glerum, Jay, Stage Rigging
Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL.
E. Davis, Gary & Jones, Ralph,
Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook, Second Edition.
Hal Leonard Corporation, Milwaukee, WI.
Lipp AV Design, Inc.