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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to the physics of sound production and basic electrical engineering concepts associated with analog and digital sound production. Students participate in lectures and workshops gaining practical experience, skills and knowledge in relation to both recording studio and live sound reinforcement environments.

Unit content

  • Basic physics of sound, sound perception
  • Basic electronic theory, electronic devices
  • WHS issues relating to sound levels and electricity, studio and live sound environments
  • Studio operation
  • Sound system overview
  • The venue, equipment, personnel, incorporating live concert staging, fold back and front of house
  • Signal flow and cables and connectors
  • Transducers, mixers, power amplifiers, equalisers, processors
  • Equipment connecting standard, pre-production, set-ups, operation
  • Microphone choice, placement and techniques, mixing, equalisation, processing
  • The multi-track recording studio, both analog and digital, live band recording
  • Computer operation, file management, hard disk recording, audio sound modules, samplers and software plug-ins, CD production, online storage and retrieval

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of introductory level sound theory concepts and apply these concepts in live sound reinforcement and recording contexts Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate introductory level skills and techniques utilising the various hardware and software found in both the recording studio and live sound reinforcement environments Knowledge of a discipline
3 demonstrate a range of problem solving, communication and collaborative skills appropriate to a team environment. Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of introductory level sound theory concepts and apply these concepts in live sound reinforcement and recording contexts
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate introductory level skills and techniques utilising the various hardware and software found in both the recording studio and live sound reinforcement environments
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate a range of problem solving, communication and collaborative skills appropriate to a team environment.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Bartlett, B & Bartlett, J, 2017, Practical Recording Techniques: The Step-by-Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording , 7th edn, Routledge , New York. ISBN: 978-1-138-90442-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.