Audio Engineering Fundamentals
What you'll learn
- You will understand basic concepts of audio and sound engineering
- You will understand the structure of sound reinforcement systems
- You will know the types of connectors, mixers and speakers used in sound reinforcement
- You will know the causes and solutions of common audio problems, like: distortion, noise, equipment damage, etc.
- You will understand how audio levels work and how to interconnect audio equipment properly
- You will learn basic procedures to use audio equipment safely
- Interest in audio and sound systems
Learn the foundations of Audio Engineering!
Using a sound system properly for recording or for sound reinforcement is not as easy as it seems. Many elements are involved: the physics of sound, the acoustics, the characteristics of the equipment, its connections and the way it's operated. All of this has to be understood to get a proper result: good sound.
Sadly, it's very common to find systems out there that sound "bad". It is not normal for a sound system to create feedback or distortion. Neither is that a system should hurt our ears or sound with a lack of clarity.
With the proper training, we can learn to use a sound system to avoid all these annoying problems. Besides that, we can extend the life of our audio equipment for years.
In this course, you will learn the Fundamentals of Audio Engineering. This will be your first step to understanding any kind of sound system. You will know the basic "blocks" or stages in any audio system, its function and its applications.
You will know the logic to connect and adapt a sound system according to your needs. For example, how to connect microphones, instruments or music players; how to expand a sound system or what's the next piece of gear that you may need to improve the sound.
Sound systems evolve, brands and models change but fundamentals don't. The basics of sound engineering remain the same, if you learn these concepts you will understand any audio system: analog, digital, vintage or modern!
You will learn topics, like:
Sound and audio
Frequency, hertz and decibels (dB)
Sound pressure level and its importance
Types of microphones
Preamplifiers and audio processors
Systems and mixers
Power amplifiers and crossovers
Kinds of loudspeakers and their applications
Cables and connectors
Loudspeaker arrays, pros and cons
You will also identify the causes and solutions of common problems in sound systems:
Misuse of microphones
This will help you to avoid damage to the equipment (or people!) and to improve the audio quality.
Sound systems are very important in the modern world. We can find sound systems in many different situations, like:
Houses of worship
This course is an ideal start for anyone who wants to learn about audio engineering and operate pro-audio equipment properly. The course is also useful for technical staff that already have practical knowledge but lack the basic theory of sound and audio.
Current students comment:
"Such a clear explanation of the sound and its energy, it will definitely be useful to music producers & of course for all the audio enthusiasts. Thank you for this material." Shanjay K.
"The course is very comprehensible, I've taken other beginner-level courses on audio engineering but I couldn't completely understand how crossovers worked until I took this one, along with a couple of other concepts that I just couldn't fully grasp before. I'm very satisfied with the course and will for sure take other ones if they are available. Thank you for your hard work Marco!" Andrea Mendoza.
"Perfect for giving you a good foundational understanding of basic audio concepts and sound systems before diving deeper into the world of music production." Kyle S.
The course has been carefully designed to be a self-paced, step-by-step process right from the beginning, so you won't need any previous knowledge. You can even study a pair of lessons in just 15 minutes a day!
You will be guided by a certified audio instructor (Meyer Sound, Avid, Yamaha), with more than 18 years of teaching experience at all levels, from seminars to college-level classes and a top instructor on Udemy, so academic quality is guaranteed. Join more than 15,000 students worldwide and learn more about audio!
If you want to enter the world of audio engineering from the ground up, this course is for you!
*Este curso también está disponible en español.
Who this course is for:
- Aspiring sound technicians or audio engineers
- Musicians that need to operate sound systems by themselves
- Technical staff from churches, auditoriums, schools, etc.
- Music producers
Marco Galvan has been active in the music and audio business for more than 20 years. He holds a B.Eng with a major in Acoustics from the National Polytechnic Institute. He is a professional musician, arranger and composer with studies at Berklee College of Music and he holds Certificates in Music Theory and Keyboard Performance from the ABRSM and Trinity College London. In the audio field, he studied at Alchemea College in London and holds several certifications like: Pro Tools User, Meyer Sound System Design, Nexo and DiGiCo operator among others.
Currently, he works as a Dolby Atmos Mixing and Mastering engineer and as an Associate Professor at Anahuac University, with more than 18 years of teaching experience. Many of his former students currently work for companies like: Sony Music Entertainment (Grammy Award winner), Televisa, TV Azteca, OCESA, Meyer Sound; and for international Latin artists like Emmanuel, Carlos Vives and Alexander Acha, performing in world-class events like Festival Viña del Mar.
The recommended order to take his courses from zero is:
- Audio Engineering fundamentals
- Acoustics for the Home Studio
- Audacity for beginners
- Applied Modern Harmony
- Introduction to DAWs using Reaper
- Audio Equalization techniques
- Audio Compression techniques
- Audio Effects and Processors
- Basic principles of Music Mixing
- Audio Mastering
Marco Galván ha estado activo en la industria de la música y el audio por más de 20 años. Tiene el grado de Ingeniero con especialidad en Acústica por el Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Es músico, arreglista y compositor profesional con estudios en Berklee College of Music y cuenta con certificados en Teoría Musical y Teclados por la ABRSM y el Trinity College London. En el terreno del audio cursó estudios en el Alchemea College de Londres y tiene diversas certificaciones como: Operador Pro Tools, Diseño de Sistemas Meyer Sound, Operador Nexo y DiGiCo entre otras.
Actualmente labora como ingeniero de mezcla y masterización Dolby Atmos, y como profesor asociado en la Universidad Anáhuac, con más de 18 años de experiencia docente. Muchos de sus antiguos estudiantes trabajan para compañías como Sony Music (ganador de premio Grammy), Televisa, TV Azteca, OCESA, Meyer Sound; y para artistas internacionales como Emmanuel, Carlos Vives y Alexnder Acha, actuando en eventos de clase mundial como el Festival Viña del Mar.
El orden recomendado para tomar sus cursos desde cero es:
- Fundamentos de ingeniería en audio
- Introducción al uso de DAW's con Reaper
- Home Studio para principiantes
- Acústica para Home Studios
- Armonía y teoría musical aplicada
- Introducción a la improvisación musical
- Uso de consolas mezcladoras
- Uso de consolas digitales de audio
- Técnicas de ecualización
- Técnicas de compresión
- Efectos y procesadores de audio
- Beat making en Pro Tools
- Fundamentos de Pro Tools
- Producción Musical en Logic Pro
- Principios de la mezcla musical
- Masterización de audio