Foundation course in audio technology
What you'll learn
- A broad understanding of the fundamentals of sound, audio technology and its application
- Understand working principles and purpose of basic audio system components
- Connect simple audio systems together
- Perform trouble shooting
- Apply listening skills to identify common faults
- Operate equipment; eliminating guesswork and getting the best out of what you have
- Understand the specific technologies and equipment types applied to: radio, live sound and recording
Developed by Soundfusion in consultation with accomplished industry professionals, this course is designed to give the learner an understanding of the professional audio environment with sufficient skills to begin to play a useful technical role, in live sound, recording or radio studios. It also serves as a thorough orientation in this field, allowing the learner to make more informed career choices and identify gaps in their knowledge and skills for further study.
Soundfusion is a leading audio systems integrator with many years of experience and knowhow in building studios and equipment.
The course has numerous quizzes and exercises to reinforce learning and makes frequent use of examples to illustrate concepts such as gain, frequency, distortion, dynamics and more.
Overall learning outcomes are:
Understand the working principles and purpose of basic audio system components.
Operate basic audio equipment.
Connect simple audio systems together.
Perform simple trouble shooting tasks – isolate faulty component at equipment level in a system and give basic diagnosis of problem.
Communicate effectively with peers, users and technical experts verbally and in writing using correct terminology.
Apply listening skills to identify common faults (eg distortion, phase, freq. resp. errors, overdriving) and understand quality references (know what good sound sounds like)
Be aware of the limits of their knowledge and expertise.
Be curious and enquiring, committed to independent self development and keeping abreast of developments in their field of work.
Content is broken down into the following areas:
The nature of sound: vibration and waves, sound and spaces (acoustics basics), listening skills
Electricity and signals: voltage, current and power, AC & DC, Frequency. Analogue & digital transmission.
Audio system components: microphones, mixers and processing, amplifiers, loudspeakers
Application: live sound
Who this course is for:
- Those aspiring to enhance their skills and improve their career prospects in the recording, broadcast and live sound industries.
- Those wishing to get the best out of the equipment they work with
- Musicians, DJs, producers, audiophiles, technicians and operators
- Those aspiring to enter more formal training in equipment and systems design.
- AV Maintenance staff at educational institutions
- AV system installers
Audio has always been Rob's first love as far as technology goes. Rob is an electronic engineer and visual artist with an extensive background in audio systems and equipment design. Early on in his career he headed up audio research at a national broadcaster, focussing on measurement and distortion perception. He has written and delivered training courses in the areas of audio technology, thinking skills and e-learning.
Rob has a passion for live performance, particularly music and dance and has a broad experience in recording, mixing live sound and audio visual performance installations.
As an engineer Rob has deep understanding of audio systems, processes, acoustics and, most of all, the value of listening. He works in close association with Soundfusion Media who specialise in custom sound equipment and radio studio design.