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This course provides an introduction to the principles and vocabulary of acoustics, an appreciation of how acoustic signals are converted to digital, familiarisation with the common vocabulary of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and recording terminology, and understanding of the principles of microphone placement, and of how to work with a recording engineer.
Topics covered in this course are:Term 3 Practical sound and wave theory Studio design EQ - An understanding of audio frequencies and practical applications in manipulating them Sound design for productions and sound effect creation Sound in various acoustic spaces Reverb and audio reflections ProTools software: recording, editing, mixing and exporting Referencing audioTerm 4 Recording and mixing strings Acoustic space design Setting up and operating a small to medium PA and mixer Setting up speakers in a theatre, hall or studio, zone control, delays, steering Practical soundscape creation
Students who pass this course will have developed;* knowledge of principles and vocabulary of acoustics;* knowledge of how acoustic signals are converted to digital;* familiarisation with the common vocabulary of Digital Work Stations (DAWs);* knowledge of recording terminology;* knowledge of recording techniques including microphones and their placement;* basic knowledge of recording engineering.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
WorkloadStudent workload (150) hours will be allocated to:* 24 hours attending lectures;* 12 hours attending laboratories;* 46 hours preparing for in-class assessments;* 68 hours creating portfolio of works/remixes.
F.Alton Everest & Ken Pohlmann;
Master Handbook of Acoustics;
Stavrou, Michael Paul;
Mixing with your mind : closely guarded secrets of sound balance engineering;
Flux Research, 2003.
Use of TechnologyThis course assumes that you have sufficient information and technology skills to confidently use a computer to access material for your course. Your written work should be submitted typed, using standard word-processor software. The School of Music has iMacs you are able to use which have all standard software required for the course.You will be required to access our learning management system–Learn–and to become familiar with its tools. Learn provides easily-accessible information about the course and assessments, topics and deadlines, and supports the learning you will gain from attending all lectures and tutorials. For help using Learn, refer to: http://learn.canterbury.ac.nz/
The following shows how to translate grades to numerical scores:A+ 90–100; A 85–89; A- 80–84; B+ 75–79; B 70–74; B- 65–69; C+ 60–64; C 55–59; C- 50–54; D 40–49; E 0–39In a course at 100- or 200-level examiners may grant restricted credit (R) which will be equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite.
Domestic fee $834.00
International fee $3,600.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.