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This course helps the student to develop skills in DAW operation, microphone techniques, and fundamentals of acoustics and digital audio required for complex multitrack recording projects. Students are taught how to apply these skills in a range of production situations, including orchestral, instrumental, and vocal ensemble recording. The concept of critical listening is also introduced, along with practical guidelines for noise and hearing management.
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
Analyse audio recordings utilising knowledge of hearing management and critical listening.Demonstrate knowledge of principles and vocabulary of acoustics and audio recordingtechniques.Produce and organise audio recordings using knowledge of common techniques of DigitalAudio Workstations (DAWs).Apply knowledge of recording techniques including microphones and their placementGenerate audio recordings for specific applications using understanding of spatial andbinaural audio recording techniques.
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.
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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 $942.00
International fee $4,663.00
* 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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