Audio and sound fundamentals

ASF101 Audio and Sound Fundamentals
Duration: 1 day

Audio and Sound Fundamentals is an introductory/update session that looks at sound and audio and it’s significance to the program making process. It provides a strong footing on which to build skills and the ability to communicate with other people about sound and technical issues.
  • A one day seminar which will use slides, video demonstrations, animations and other learning aids
  • A set of paper and electronic notes
  • Relevant learning aids for the topics discussed

  • New entrants to the industry or those who wish to enhance their knowledge of sound principles
  • Experienced program makers who need to update their knowledge of sound to cope with multi-skilling and the varied tasks that modern production requires

This is an entry level course, so requires little or no prior knowledge.


At the end of the course you will understand:
  • The relationship between physics and music of sound
  • How we measure sound
  • Read a meter and understand it’s relationship to other types of meter
  • The different types of microphones and how to use them
  • The basics of sound processing in sound desks or software
Course Content
The topics covered will include:
  • The ear and how we hear
  • Pitch, loudness and quality
  • Frequency, amplitude and harmonic structure
  • Stereo and the sound image
  • Acoustics and the behaviour of sound

  • The audio signal
  • Stereo
  • Metering

  • Microphones and loudspeakers:
  • Principles of microphones and loudspeakers
  • Polar patterns
  • Phantom power

Working with audio:
  • The principles of sound mixing desks
  • EQ
  • Dynamics
  • Effects
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