Principles of Audio Production


Course Details

This course can only be taken as part of the Certificate in Audio Production Techniques.

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About this Course

This course introduces principles and tools of audio recording technology, beginning with the physics and terminology of sound. Through lectures and demonstrations of acoustics, microphones, analog and digital recording, signal processing, MIDI and synchronization, you'll understand the elements of sound production. You’ll also get an overview on how to record sound at a specific location that isn't a studio space during a location sound for film and video workshop.

The instructor and guest speakers will provide insight into how a sound project for music, video and film is brought together. The instructor will demonstrate how project plans are developed and priced, as well as the basics of mixing, storage media and the mastering process. We'll also cover environmental sustainability issues related to storage media (digital vs. tape).

Past guest speakers have included Scott Colburn, music producer and sounds designer; Rachael Field, mastering engineer and owner at Resonant Mastering; and Maria Elisa Ayerbe, CEO and audio engineer at South Mountain Media.

What You'll Learn

  • The science of sound
  • Fundamentals of audio production
  • Types of equipment and software used in audio production
  • Location sound recording practices

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Quarter 2

Audio Production in the Studio

Choose One of Three Sections

Quarter 3

Select One or Both Courses (Must Also Pay for 2nd Course When Choosing Both)

Audio Production Project: Music

Choose One of Two Sections

Audio Production Project: Video

Choose One of Two Sections

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