Experience Australia's only in-person speaker building course.
We have decided to not hold our in-workshop courses for 2024/2025. The costs of venue hire and staff teaching fees have made in prohibitively difficult to run our workshops. Once we find a work around, we would love to run our workshop course again!
Atlas Gouverneur and The Speaker Project team.
A SPEAKER BUILDING JOURNEY.
Over a course of four 3 hour sessions, you will be given the tools, material and guidance to embark on your speaker project while gaining an insight into the art and science of speaker design.
The guided course will take you through the process of building your own pair of TROHET speakers. You can choose between four types of timbers for your cabinet and a selection of stains and varnishes to suit the style that you're after. Once finished you will walk home with a pair of high-performance speakers that compete with speakers costing more than $6,500 at your local hifi store.
The course is held in the iconic Eveleigh Locomotive workshop in Redfern, Sydney. The space itself is a time capsule of how Australia used to manufacture locomotives.
The course is held over 4 consecutive sessions on either a Friday or Saturdays for three-hour long sessions.
Course dates and pricing are detailed below.
No existing experience is required for this course.
No further dates planned.
COURSE DETAILS - Course is held on either four consecutive Fridays or Saturdays and span for 3 each hours each session. The cost of the course starts at $2495 per spot - Feel free to bring your partner or friend along with you as well. The cost includes the TROHET kit + my time and rental of the venue. Should you want to upgrade your timber from the standard American Alder then please let me know. Pricing per below. Birch plywood + $100 Mahogany + $200 Oak + $300 Course location: Bay 1, Locomative Workshop, South Eveleigh, Redfern, NSW, Australia. Class numbers are small so get in quick before missing out.
SESSION 1 - GLUE UP.
Learn how a collection of sound can constitute as music and how speakers reproduce recorded sound.
The session begins with a listening session; this sets the benchmark of how good music can sound. You will then be introduced to the science behind sound and learn what is required to produce quality speakers. You get an understanding of the speaker components and what actually makes a loudspeaker sound incredible vs. mediocre. You will find your spot at the workbench and get familiar with the materials and tools. With knowledge comes confidence and with Atlas's instructions you'll be ready to start gluing your speaker cabinets. By the end of this class you have glued the panels together and created the skeleton of your cabinet.
SESSION 2 - SANDING
There's something truly amazing about seeing the transformation of raw wood turn into beautiful pieces of art.
Now the time has come to get into the zone for real making a smooth finish to your cabinets is an absolute joy! You'll learn wood surface techniques and the importance of the process before adding the finish. Once you're happy with the finishing touches, you varnish the speakers. In this class you also learn about the tweeter and woofer and their function.
SESSION 3 - CROSSOVER.
It's a challenging yet enjoyable process, which also gives you an understanding how the internals of the speakers work.
The crossover forms the brain of the speaker. You'll be taken through the basics of circuit theory, and guided through assembling the electrical components and soldering all the wires to make the crossover. When the crossover is completed, placed inside the box and connected to the drivers, the speakers are almost ready to play.
BUILD THE CROSSOVER.
BUILD THE CROSSOVER.
SESSION 4 - FINAL ASSEMBLY.
The final chapter - When everything comes together.
You'll assemble the final stages of your speakers by inserting the crossover, securing the terminals & screwing down the drivers in place. Voila! You built your own pair of speakers. Before you take them home, you'll test the acoustic and electrical characteristics through measuring equipment. Learn what the measurements mean and how they can be used to enhance speaker characteristics. You leave the final session with a pair of speakers. Hook them up up to your amp of choice and not only hear the speakers you made but ones that sound dam good!
Four types of timbers are offer, so whether you want something lighter in color go Oak, Birch or Alder or go Mahogany if you want something darker.
Our timber options have been specifically manufactured out of premium materials to give the best possible sound. The course will also cover material choices and their intrinsic sonic character.
Timber choice can be requested on the booking page.
Speaker drivers by Scan Speak (15W/8530) & Vifa (XT25)
2 Way Design
Ported enclosure (rear-firing port)
Power handling: 100 Watts
Frequency Range: 45 Hz - 30 kHz
Sensitivity: 84 db @ 1 Watt
Dimensions: 36.5 cm high, 18.5 cm wide, 28 cm deep
Number of speakers in the kit: Two (2)
Suitable for both far and near field listening.
BUILD SOMETHING TRULY AMAZING.
There's something incredibly special about listening to music through speakers made by you. A deep sense of achievement and greater connection to music are things one can expect when they have built their own.
LEARN ABOUT ELECTROACOUSTICS.
Speaker design and construction falls under the field of electroacoustics, which is the study of using electricity to create sound and vice versa.
As electricity flows into a speaker, an electromagnet is energised, which exerts a force on the passive magnet. This force then propels the diaphragm, which generates a pressure wave to propagate through air. And with this, we have the story of electroacoustics, a field of engineering so interesting, that one can spend a lifetime learning about.
Should this interest you then join me on this course where we will explore the fascinating field of electroacoustics all the while of building a pair of kick ass speakers. We will use microphones and impedance testers to analyse both the acoustic and electrical aspects of a speaker and also look at graphs and the significance they have.
"BUILDING THE CROSSOVER IS AN INCREDIBLY FUN PROCESS, PLACING THE COMPONENTS DOWN & SOLDERING THE WIRES"
COURSE DETAILS - Course is held on either four consecutive Fridays or Saturdays and span for 3 each hours each session.
The cost of the course starts at $2495 per spot - Feel free to bring your partner or friend along with you as well. The cost includes the TROHET kit + my time and rental of the venue.
Should you want to upgrade your timber from the standard American Alder then please let me know. Pricing per below.
Birch plywood + $100
Mahogany + $200
Oak + $300
Book your spot by clicking the Book Now button.
Class numbers are small so get in quick before missing out.
The Speaker Building Course is taught by Atlas in the iconic Eveleigh Locomotive Workshop.