Show Power

How we use Electricity to Power Audio and Lighting for Live Music

IMPORTANT NOTE: THIS COURSE DOES NOT QUALIFY YOU AS AN ELECTRICIAN!


As a professional touring FOH audio engineer, I've had a nice career and have been lucky enough to work with a bunch of Grammy-wining and -nominated artists.

But that’s not how I learned about electrical distribution!

All of this knowledge comes from years of working in production, getting hands-on training from some really great electricians.

BUT — just like learning audio or lighting on the job — the fast workflow of live music production makes the stage a poor classroom.

Getting a clear explanation about WHY we set up our electrical distribution system the way we do, and (very importantly) HOW it affects us in live music production, is really tough.

And that’s exactly what this course offers.

This course is not open for enrollment.

 

Who's this course for?


Here’s a quick test to see if Show Power is right for you:

*Do you know the answers to all the questions below?

If so, maybe you need a more involved technical manual. If not, proceed to the next question.

*Do you want to add this knowledge to your skill-set?

Well, then, this is the perfect way to do it!


Some of the questions this course answers:

-How, exactly, do I calculate how much power I need for a show?

-Why do we see 208 VAC on 120 VAC distros, and how is it wired?

-How do we step-up or -down Voltage?

-Where do electrons naturally want to flow, and how do we utilize this?

-What's the main difference in Power Distros between the USA and Europe (besides normal operating Voltage)?

-What size Generator do we need to power a small (or large) production?

-How much current does a 100 Amp Three-Phase service deliver (hint: it's more than 100 Amps)?

-How many degrees separate the legs in Three-Phase power?

-How do Power Plants generate Three-Phase power?

-What happens to the voltage with a long power run, and how does it affect our current draw?

-What kind of current CAN'T pass through a transformer (and why does this matter to audio engineers)?

-How do we measure voltage in an outlet?

-How much Voltage should measure across Ground and Neutral on our PDs?

-When making any electrical connection, what's the first conductor to make contact?

-What type of device uses a slo-blo fuse?

-How does Electromagnetic Induction most affect live music production?


 

SHOW POWER IS MORE THAN AC AND DC.

To successfully manage electricity for live music, we need to know WHY we do it like we do.

Use these tools to check your knowledge.

*Math Worksheet

Use the Math Worksheet to review the equations we solve throughout the course.

*Practical Exercise

Calculate the full power needs for a small production, including audio and lighting systems.

*Quizzes

Each video in this course has a corresponding quiz — it’s great way to check your knowledge!

Course Curriculum


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Your Instructor


Scott Adamson
Scott Adamson

I've been mixing FOH audio for live shows for over 20 years. During that time, I've been lucky to tour with a ton of amazing artists and mix some of the most iconic venues in the world.

I learned everything on the job, which was tough. So, I developed the resource I really needed when I started out — it's called The Production Academy and has helped thousands of people around the world.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

This course is not open for enrollment.