Professional Audio Devices

Course Description

It is important to gain knowledge about audio devices and their professional use for optimal application and obtaining high sound quality. Studio microphones. Studio loudspeakers. Recording techniques. Methods of stereo recording. Multichannel recording techniques. Devices for effects. Direction regulators. Echo devices. Analog mixing consoles. Digital mixing consoles. Connecting and adaptation devices and systems in studios and control rooms. Acoustical and optical signal tracking. Radio station organization. Devices for power supply and cables. Analog and digital studio line sources.

General Competencies

The student will get deep understanding of the problems and solutions of professional audio devices and audio systems, with applications to their connection and integration in order to record, save, transfer, process and reproduce sound. They will also achieve theoretical and practical knowledge about concepts and techniques in professional audio devices and audio systems, as well as ability to design, develop and implement professional audio devices and audio systems.

Learning Outcomes

  1. categorize studio microphones and speakers
  2. apply recording techniques
  3. identify multi-channel recording technique
  4. evaluate the analog and digital mixing-pults
  5. apply connection of devices and systems in studies and control rooms
  6. reorganize studio and radio station
  7. select the devices and lines for power supply
  8. assemble and synchronize analog and digital line sound sources

Forms of Teaching

Lectures

Lectures are held in two cycles, 2 hours per week. After each cycle assessment is carried out.

Exams

Continuous assessment is carried out through mid-term exams and final exams. Assessment on the examinations are carried out according to schedule.

Laboratory Work

Three laboratory exercises are provided, they are graded, and take place under the supervision of an assistant.

Experiments

Demonstration of some phenomena that are topics at a lecture

Experimental Exercises

More complex demonstration of some phenomena that are topics at a lecture

Consultations

Consultations take place according to agreement with the teacher

Seminars

Individual work for selected topic from the area of the whole course

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 0 % 15 % 0 % 15 %
Seminar/Project 0 % 15 % 0 % 15 %
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. Introduction lecture
  2. Studio microphones
  3. Studio speakers
  4. Recording techniques, procedures for stereo recording
  5. Multichannel recording technique
  6. Electronic effect devices, reverberance and sound direction control
  7. Analogue mixing console
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Digital mixing console
  10. Linking and adjusting of equipment and systems in studies and control rooms
  11. Acoustic and optical signal monitoring
  12. Radio station organization
  13. Line studio sound sources, both analog and digital
  14. Power supply and cables
  15. Final exam

Study Programmes

University graduate
Electronics (profile)
Recommended elective courses (3. semester)

Literature

D. Gibson (2005.), The Art of Mixing: A Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering, and Production, Course Technology
Roey Izhaki (2008.), Mixing audio concepts, practices and tools, Focal Press
Philip Newel (2006.), Recording studio design, Focal Press
B. Duncan (1998.), High Performance Audio Power Amplifiers for Music Performance and Reproduction, Jordan Hill, Oxford
M. Talbot-Smith (2001.), Audio Engineers Reference Book, Focal Press

Laboratory exercises

General

ID 91854
  Winter semester
4 ECTS
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning
30 Lectures
0 Exercises
6 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

89 Excellent
74 Very Good
61 Good
50 Acceptable