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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.
This course aims to offer students knowledge of the principles and vocabulary of recording, editing and the influence of acoustic spaces, involving choice and placement of microphones, an appreciation of how acoustic signals are converted into digital, familiarisation with the common vocabulary of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). Students will gain critical listening techniques that inform audio recording and editing choices. Topics covered in this course are:Term 3• Critical listening techniques and hearing management• An understanding of related audio equipment and processes• Practical sound and sound wave theory• ProTools software: recording, editing, mixing and exporting• Studio design and basic acoustics• EQ – An understanding of audio frequencies and practical applications in manipulating them• Audio reflections and reverberation• Sound designTerm 4• Practical recording and mixing a strings • Practical soundscape creation
Students who pass this course will be able to: Develop a knowledge of principles and vocabulary of acousticsA knowledge of how acoustic signals are converted to digitalFamiliarisation with the common vocabulary of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)Knowledge of recording terminologyKnowledge of recording techniques including microphones and their placementKnowledge of critical listening and hearing management
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.
All assessments (electronic or hard copy) are due by 1pm on the specified date, in the format in which the assignment sheet has asks for. There is no written Final Test in this course.
Everest, F. Alton1909-2005 , Pohlmann, Ken C;
Master handbook of acoustics
McGraw-Hill Education, 2014.
Stavrou, Michael Paul;
Mixing with your mind :closely guarded secrets of sound balance engineering
Flux Research, 2003.
Domestic fee $892.00
International fee $4,313.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Humanities and Creative Arts