Music Industry and Sound Technology Level 5


The area of employment for sound engineers/ technologists are mostly in the area of: Recording; Mixing, Live sound, Theatre, Mastering, Television, Broadcast, Film, Video, Multimedia, Monitor Engineers; Designers, Advisors, Commercial Producers, music producers who do not have any recognised qualification/s or have received their training abroad. The purpose of this qualification is to provide learners with the competencies required to manage functions within a sound technology workplace.

The qualification will enable the effective introduction, implementation and management of systems, processes and procedures required for the operation of sound engineering environment.

The greatest need for competence at this level exists regarding the national music industry that seeks individuals who have defined and reliable knowledge and skills in sound technology. Such individuals must meet the industry’s standards and requirements, use technology to the best of their advantage and deliver an efficient and effective service. The composition of this qualification is aimed at providing an integrated set of competencies to meet the music industry sound technology requirements.

An analysis of the role of sound engineers in the South African Music Industry revealed that a degree the following knowledge, skills and personal characteristics required:
Advanced knowledge of:

  • Audio Fundamentals
  • Management of others
  • Leading teams
  • Self-management
  • Ear anatomy
  • Hearing protection
  • Psycho-acoustics
  • The acoustic environment
  • Mathematics
  • Physical science, biology, geography
  • Basic music understanding
  • Genre-specific understanding, music styles and analysis
  • Basic electronics
  • Soldering techniques
  • Microphone types and techniques]
  • Equipment specifications
  • Equipment types and brands
  • Sound source measurement
  • Signal flow (input sections)
  • Patch bays and connection points
  • Dynamics* Headroom
  • Unity Gain
  • Analogue to Digital conversions
  • Sampling rates/Bit rates
  • Recording levels
  • Basic console
  • Compressors and noise gate equipment
  • Types of equalisers/filters
  • Mixing consoles
  • Recording environment/the live room
  • Input and Output levels
  • Sound recording Mediums/formats
  • Routing procedures
  • Recording analysis and techniques (aural and visual)
  • The controlled environment, monitoring and monitor speakers.
  • Mixing Formats/mediums
  • Two track (Stereo) mediums
  • Effects types
  • Effects parameters
  • Gain structure
  • Special Processors and types
  • Mastering Mediums/formats (e.g. CDR, DAT)
  • Mastering Environments and monitoring
  • CD standards (IRSC codes)
  • Track compilation and flow
  • Synchronisation and Time Codes
  • Studio Installation and maintenance
  • Cabling, connectors and Chasing
  • Health and Safety practices
  • Power, Fire, Water
  • National Noise Law regulations
  • Weight (correct lifting practices)
  • MIDI
  • Connections, Cabling and Ports
  • Editing Parameters and Controls
  • Midi messages
  • Midi Implementation charts
  • Midi equipment types and brands
  • Advanced Skills to:
  • Differentiate between sounds
  • Work with people
  • Communicate effectively
  • Employ self-management skills
  • Select and place equipment to meet specified requirements
  • Identify, troubleshoot and trace signal flow
  • Use computer technology
  • Identify and differentiate between Headroom and Dynamic levels
  • Select proper equipment to manipulate the required task
  • Obtain working sound environment
  • Record and Produce a Radio commercial
  • Record and Produce a song or album
  • Use synchronisation and timecodes for Audio Visual production
  • Monitor: Visual and audio
  • Apply production techniques
  • Tone control and adjustment
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Personality characteristics of:
  • Applying life skills
  • Attentive listening
  • Passion for the art
  • Respect for differences (culture, religion)
  • Ethical conduct
  • Empathy
  • Patience
  • Attention to detail
  • Thoroughness
  • Prepared to experiment
  • Adaptability
  • Attention and concentrating
  • Creativity
Contact Details

Contact Person: 

Yogini Sarugaser
Course Details

NQF Level: 

Level 5



Course Delivery Method: 

E-learning E-learning

Blended Blended

In Class In Class

Distance Distance

Presented Presented Courses

In House In-House

On Demand On Demand

Course Duration: 

8 months



Course fee Includes: