Music technology has become integral to the life and work of every musician. Increasingly, all professional musicians are responsible for and expected to be able to record themselves and others, navigate MIDI and audio systems, and troubleshoot their own recording set ups. Audio is at the heart of every sound system, whether analog or digital, and a basic knowledge and understanding of audio and audio systems is a must.
In Audio Basics for Recording, you will learn to understand and manage complex sound systems, including recording studios and live sound reinforcement installations. The ability to properly set up, operate, and manage any sound system effectively depends on a fundamental understanding of both sound and electrical or audio signals. This course will provide you with an in-depth look at such sound systems, both analog and digital, from initial acoustic inception, through transduction and electrical manipulation, to power and acoustic reproduction.
The course will take you though the complete audio signal chain, beginning with the acoustic source. You値l explore audio transducers including microphones and loudspeakers. You値l then explore basic and advanced signal flow, including analog and digital consoles and DAWs, culminating in gain structures, where you値l trace levels through a complete hybrid studio signal chain, from source and microphone to loudspeaker and headphones. Along the way you値l learn about basic acoustics and electronics, analog and digital formats and professional conventions, levels and metering.
Audio Basics for Recording, is geared towards students interested or engaged in recording themselves or others and interested in setting up and navigating a recording studio of any size. By the end of the course, you値l be able to configure and trace a recorded signal through a complete recording studio set up, while optimizing levels and avoiding noise and distortion. You値l be able to read and understand equipment spec sheets, studio and console signal flows, and properly set up a basic recording studio integrating both analog and digital elements and interconnects. You値l have the skills to optimize gain stages and trace levels throughout the system, as well as troubleshoot potential problems.
Upon successful course completion, you will have gained a thorough understanding of both analog and digital audio systems. You will be able to:
read as well as generate signal flows of complex audio systems
navigate analog and digital audio console, control, and DAW architectures
read and understand audio equipment specification sheets
trace levels through sound system gain structures
use Ohm痴 Law to calculate voltages, current, and power in circuits
manage audio levels and impedances in complex sound systems
differentiate between and apply different decibel conventions
apply professional metering conventions
use proper grounding schemes and manage system noise
differentiate between various microphone and loudspeaker types and applications