Diploma in Live Music and Performance Technology


Faculty: Audio
Duration: 24 weeks
Delivery: On Campus (6:30pm – 9:00pm)
Level: Diploma
Start Date: Saturday 18th February (Induction) & every Tuesday thereafter.
Course Director: Tony Perrey
Fees: €2,250
Certification: Pulse Diploma


Great live shows depend more and more on technology to blow their audiences away. Modern musicians are using backing tracks, virtual instruments, amp simulators and triggered drums to deliver stunning stage performances.

These technologies are now very affordable so no matter what music you play, or how you perform, you can wow audiences with amazing sound, light and video. This programme will equip you with the knowledge to use live audio tech, and synchronise it to lights and video.

Who is the course for?

Musicians and performers who want to know how to manage tech and sound at gigs.

Sound engineers wishing to upskill and adopt new workflows

We will cover a wide array of exciting technologies including:

Key Course Elements:

  • Backing tracks
  • Virtual instruments
  • Triggering samples
  • Virtual Guitar Rigs
  • Live performance software
  • In – ear monitors
  • PA systems


PA Systems
Computers on stage
Digital audio formats and networks
Front of House Mixing
PA Systems
PA types
How to set up a PA – Speaker types,  positioning, troubleshooting.
Stage monitors – speaker types and positioning
In ear monitors – wired, wireless, managing your own mix
Computers on stage
Selecting the best computer for you and your band
Selecting the right audio interface
Typical apps used on stage (Ableton, Mainstage, Gig Performer)
Using Virtual Instruments
Using Amp simulators
Backing tracks
Click tracks
The silent stage
Communication on a silent stage
Digital audio formats and networks
Routers and switchers
Front of House Mixing
Ringing out the PA and feedback management
Basic principles of mixing
Scenes and snapshots
Audio processors: E.Q, Compressors, gates, reverb, delay etc.
Mixing techniques
Syncing with visuals & lighting
Triggering sounds
Signal Flow and Routing
Rack units and remote control using software
Syncing with visuals & lighting
Types of sync, MTC, LTC, etc
Qlab, syncing moving images
Triggering sounds
Basic sampling
Using drum triggers and electronic kits

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This course is a direct application course. Applications are currently taken through the Application Form below. Upon receiving your application form our Admissions Team will be in contact to discuss our payment options in securing your course place. General

Course Requirements

A proven interest in audio and/or music technology, and to display some interest in related creative media arts
Basic knowledge of computers (Mac/PC, and audio software): helpful but not essential

Educational Requirements

The programme is designed for all ages and skill levels, whether you are new to the industry, looking to up-skill, or wanting to learn new skills and enhance your career options within the Audio industry. No industry experience is required and applicants may be accepted without formal academic qualifications.

Interview Process

There is no interview application for this course but we would be delighted to invite you in for a private tour of our campus; to meet our course lecturers and gain further insight into what our course has to offer.

Deciding to study sound engineering at Pulse College turned out to be the most important decision I made in my whole life. The quality of the course content combined with the support on offer provided me with all the tools I needed to go on and become a successful engineer and producer. In the music business you really need to learn to walk before you can run, and there is no better place in the country to do that!


Audio & Music Technology Diploma


Irish / EU (Residing in Ireland)

Total cost: €2,250

Deposit (payable to secure your place): €400

Enrolment fee (payable in February): €800

Balance: 3 installments of €350 (Mar, Apr, May)

International / EU (living outside of Ireland)

This course is not recognised on the ILEP and therefore not available for international student application.