Audio production

Course Description

The course will offer knowledge on the following topics: Audio production chain elements. Balanced and unbalanced audio lines. Noise and ground loop occurrence. Analog and digital interconnection between components. Good practice for microphone and loudspeaker selection and placement. Technical characteristics of microphones and loudspeakers. Audio mixing consoles. Frequency and time domain processing, signal dynamics processing. Audio recording and live mixing. Sound reproduction systems. Virtual reality systems. Requirements for audio control rooms and studios. Optimization of the audio production process.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Classify microphone and loudspeaker types depending on their purpose in audio production
  2. Choose suitable technological measures for noise removal from audio signals
  3. Identify suitable audio format for audio production
  4. Operate relevant tools of Digital Audio Workstations
  5. Create a complete system for audio recording of a 3D sound field
  6. Analyze advantages and disadvantages of given technological spaces for audio production
  7. Generate an audio master recording using learned methods

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

The theory of audio production is explained. These phenomena are also explained through demonstrations, where applicable.

Independent assignments

Students will independently create several audio production projects , and the results will be evaluated and compared with other projects.

Laboratory

The students will learn basic steps of sound recording, storage, processing, and reproduction through exercises in small groups.

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Balanced, unbalanced connections, Noise; Ground loops; Connector noise
  2. Hardware architecture and electronic audio signal storage
  3. Media and formats for audio storage
  4. Digital audio connections; Connection methods
  5. Technical characteristics of microphones
  6. Architecture of PA systems, Technical characteristics of microphones
  7. Architecture of PA systems
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Audio production on computers; DAW
  10. Audio production on computers; DAW
  11. Mono; Stereo; Ambisonics; Wave field synthesis; Virtual reality systems
  12. Mono; Stereo; Ambisonics; Wave field synthesis; Virtual reality systems
  13. Time and frequency audio signal analysis and preparation for radio broadcasting
  14. Recording and control rooms acoustic optimization
  15. Final exam

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Literature

David Miles Huber, Rovert E. Runstein (2017.), Modern Recording Techniques (Audio Engineering Society Presents), Routledge
Udo Zölzer (2011.), DAFX: Digital Audio Effects, 2nd Edition, Wiley
Tim Dittmar (2017.), Audio Engineering 101, 2nd Edition, Routledge

Laboratory exercises

For students

General

ID 222467
  Winter semester
5 ECTS
L2 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Seminar
0 Exercises
39 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

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