Audio systems

Course Description

The course will offer knowledge on the following topics: Audio data storage technologies. Advantages and disadvantages of analogue and digital audio systems. Perceptual encoding of audio signals and audio data reduction. Digital interfaces for connecting audio systems. Multichannel audio systems. Binaural audio systems with and without head position tracking. Multi microphone systems for sound field recording. Microphone arrays. Analysing audio signals based on extraction of audio signal features. Audio forensics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. classify typical studio and control room audio system components
  2. analyze media and formats for storage of audio signals
  3. demonstrate perceptual encoding of audio signals
  4. use different digital interfaces for connecting audio systems
  5. analyze input and output audio system components
  6. analyze audio signals using chosen signal features
  7. apply norms for measuring audio systems

Forms of Teaching


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

Seminars and workshops

Independent processing of a selected topic from the areas covered in the course.


Through exercises in small groups, students will analyze the elements of the audio chain and the functionality of advanced audio systems.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 0 % 20 % 0 % 20 %
Seminar/Project 0 % 10 % 0 % 10 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 20 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 20 %
Final Exam: Oral 30 %
Exam: Written 0 % 40 %
Exam: Oral 30 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Mechanical recording of audio signals, Magnetic recording of audio signals, Electronic recording of audio signals
  2. Optical media (CD, DVD-A, SuperAudio CD), Noise shaping methods
  3. Redundancy and irrelevancy of audio signals, Formats of compressed signals
  4. Special digital audio interfaces; S/PDIF; AES3; MIDI, USB; IEEE1394; HDMI; ISDN; AoE
  5. Multichannel audio systems
  6. Binaural systems with head position tracking
  7. Errors and system's limitations
  8. Midterm exam
  9. Sound fields recording methods
  10. Multi-microphone systems
  11. Microphone arrays
  12. Use of transformations in extraction of audio signals features
  13. Use of signal processing in extraction of audio signals features
  14. Analysis and extraction of audio signals features
  15. Final exam

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Glen Ballou (2015.), Handbook for Sound Engineers, Routledge
David Huber, Robert Runstein (2017.), Modern Recording Techniques, 9th Edition, Routledge
Agnieszka Roginska, Paul Geluso (2017.), Immersive Sound, Taylor & Francis
Bob McCarthy (2016.), Sound Systems: Design and Optimization: Modern Techniques and Tools for Sound System Design and Alignment, Routledge

For students


ID 222469
  Summer semester
L2 English Level
L1 e-Learning
60 Lectures
0 Seminar
0 Exercises
20 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

Very Good