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Course Number:
MM 213
Course Title:
Audio Technician IV - Capstone Project
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
30
Lecture/Lab Hours:
20
Lab Hours:
0

Course Description

Provides the opportunity to develop a personal capstone project that demonstrates mastery of Audio Technician Track concepts, applications, and skills, including project management, field audio, post production audio, sweetening, sound design, mastering, and distribution. Audit available. Prerequisites: MM 212.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Utilize advanced skills in production and post-production sound.
  • Demonstrate qualifications for entry-level employment as an Audio Technician with a professional level portfolio project.

Course Activities and Design

Materials will be presented via lectures, demonstrations, screenings, and reading assignments. Students will learn and demonstrate their abilities through hands-on assignments and practical exams, including preparation of a capstone project. Guest speakers will provide students with exposure to the regional professional production community.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • audio assignments;

  • written quizzes;

  • written assignments;

  • practical exams in which the student demonstrates hands-on skills and abilities
  • Includes reviews and revisions of the project.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. DEVELOPING A SOUND PROJECT

1.1. Needs assessment

1.2. Source documents - specifications and scripts

1.3. Resources - crew

1.4. Resources - equipment

1.5. Budgets and schedules

1.6. Copyright clearance and releases

1.7. The business of production sound

1.8. Relationships with outside resources

2. PRODUCTION CREW

2.1. The responsibilities and techniques of departments and crew: producers, directors, camera, lighting, grip, electrical, wardrobe, and projection departments.

2.2. Responsibilities and relationships of the Sound Department and crew.

2.2. Refining efficient and effective communication on the set.

3. IN-CAMERA AUDIO RECORDING

3.1. Microphones used for location and soundstage production.

3.2. Microphone placement.

3.3. Integration of audio with a video camera.

3.4. Setting optimal audio levels.

3.5. Using a field audio mixer.

3.6. Current and emerging audio production technologies.

4. DUAL-SYSTEM AUDIO RECORDING

4.1. Slating, timecode, and synchronization.

4.2. Rough synchronization techniques.

4.3. Two-channel audio recorders.

4.4. Wireless microphone applications in multitrack.

4.5. Multitrack mixing.

4.6. Multitrack recorders.

5. SOUND REINFORCEMENT

5.1. Microphones used for sound reinforcement.

5.2. Microphone placement.

5.3. Gain-staging.

5.4. Real-time sound processing.

5.5. Connecting mics, mixers, processors, amplifiers, and loudspeakers.

5.6. Mixing.

5.7. Rigging.

6. POST-PRODUCTION

6.1. Review of post-production sound basics.

6.2. Post-production workflows.

6.3. Techniques for organizing, managing, backing-up, and archiving media.

6.4. Editing techniques for sound projects.

6.5. Building sound environments, sound design.

6.6. Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR)

6.7. Surround and surround effects

7. DELIVERY/DISTRIBUTION

7.1. Review of distribution options (broadcast, disk,, Internet).

7.2. Current and emerging distribution technologies.