An Introduction to Sound Desks with broadcast engineer Ann Charles (Training module)

Thursday, 7 October '21   10am – 12:30pm BST
16 spaces available
An Introduction to Sound Desks with broadcast engineer Ann Charles (Training module)

This is an online event.

Joining instructions will be provided after booking.


Baffled by sound desks? Mixed up about mixers? Had someone show you how to use the studio once but you aren't really sure how everything works?

In this interactive session, Radio Production & Technology consultant, Ann Charles, will cover the basics of how mixing desks work, with a particular focus on how they are used in radio.

It begins with an introduction to an analogue mixer, where you will be able to learn about signal flow and what the various knobs and buttons (EQ/Aux/Pan/PFL/Mute/Faders) do.

Once you are confident, we'll then move onto discussing the differences with digital mixers and how to apply the concepts from an analogue sound desk to your digital studio.

If there's time, we'll also have a look at how your new-found signal-flow skills can be applied to the whole broadcast chain.

This means you'll understand how your mixing desk works, and why you might use various controls - which means you can operate almost any mixing desk in the world! No more learning the buttons by rote and hoping nothing goes wrong.

This course is suitable for producers, presenters and tech-ops (or those who wish to be) who would like a boost in their confidence when it comes to doing sound for radio.

If you can already record the philharmonic orchestra with your eyes shut, it might not be for you (although you will be very welcome!), but if you think a bus is something you only need in order to get to work, then you are in the right place.

There will be a chance to ask questions and meet other people during the online event. No equipment is needed (apart from access to Zoom), although a pen and paper and a pair of headphones are recommended. If you have access to your own mixing desk to practice with, that is a bonus but not needed.

NB: This course is not about teaching you how to use a particular model of mixing desk, but should give you the skills and confidence to approach almost any console you may find in your career.

The Trainer:
Ann Charles is a radio producer-turned broadcast engineer who specialises in all things studios and workflow. Equally happy making programmes as running broadcast infrastructure projects, her career so far has included 12 years at the BBC, teaching journalism in New Zealand, and training broadcast engineers and producers in South Sudan. She also travels the world as the workflow consultant for Broadcast Bionics. Ann is a Director of Radio TechCon - the UK radio and audio industry's technical and engineering event, a regular presenter of 'Tech Tuesdays' for Sound Women Network, and has trained people to use mixing desks everywhere from major national broadcasters to tiny studios in disputed international territory.


A zoom link will be sent to you on sign up. Bookings will need to close an hour before the start of each session. (NB: You will need to register on zoom as well to access the training module).

If you have any special access requirements please email with details.


An Introduction to Sound Desks with broadcast engineer Ann Charles (Training module)
Available until Thu 7 Oct 9am
£30.00 + VAT
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