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AUD220 - Audio Technology II. Nathan Edwards Winter 2010 M/W: 3:00-5:50. Partner Questions. 1. What is your name? 2. What’s your favorite aspect of audio technology? 3. What is your favorite music that you are listening to now?

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aud220 audio technology ii

AUD220 - Audio Technology II

Nathan Edwards

Winter 2010

M/W: 3:00-5:50

partner questions
Partner Questions
  • 1. What is your name?
  • 2. What’s your favorite aspect of audio technology?
  • 3. What is your favorite music that you are listening to now?
  • 4. What’s the best present you received over the holidays?
knowledge quiz
Knowledge Quiz
  • Test what you know
  • Don’t worry, it’s not graded
  • Some questions you may know, some you may not have learned yet
  • We’ll go over the answers when you are done
topics for audio tech ii
Topics for Audio Tech. II
  • Lines and Interconnections
    • What affects signal flow?
    • Balanced vs. Unbalanced lines
    • High vs. Low Impedance
    • Resistance (Ohms) and voltages
    • DI and Splitter Boxes
    • Patchbays, distribution of sound
Signal Flow
    • Principles of Stereo Sound, binaural
    • Mic placement and panning techniques
    • Signal Formats
    • Signal flow in live sound and multitrack recording
    • Analysis of various signal flow scenarios

What are some reasons why signal flow is so important?

    • What do mixers allow us to do?
    • Simple vs. Multitrack
    • Mixing path and gain stages
    • Analog vs. digital consoles
    • Mixing approaches and operation
    • Inserts and Aux. sends
types of signal processors
Types of Signal Processors
  • What does a signal processor do?
  • How to read and understand equipment specs.
  • What kind of effects relate to what type of process? For example:

Dynamics, Time, Phase, Timbre, Frequency, etc.

Power Amplifiers

advanced signal processing
Advanced Signal Processing
  • What is a filter?
  • Spectral Processing
  • Advanced Compression and EQ
  • Concepts of dynamics and decibel levels
    • How is human hearing measured?
    • What frequencies can we hear?
    • When does sound cause hearing damage?
    • In what situations can this happen?
    • What is the dynamic range of various sources?
harmonic distortion
Harmonic Distortion
  • Analog vs. Digital
  • Concepts of Clipping
  • Advanced distortion concepts
  • Uses for harmonic distortion:
  • When is distortion good and when is it bad?
  • (End of material for mid-term exam)
  • What are mechanisms?
    • Outboard Equipment
    • Types of filters
    • Reverb types, delay, echo
    • Software Plug-ins
    • Analog vs. Digital Devices
consoles and i o modules
Consoles and I/O Modules
  • What does I/O stand for?
  • Console Architecture
  • Channel & Monitor Path
  • Learning the SSL
  • Understanding pre/post
  • Aux Sends
  • (All has to do with signal flow)
in short
In Short:
  • Signal Flow!
  • Signal Processing
  • Harmonic Distortion
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Mechanisms/Modules
  • Consoles
  • Almost Every week (6 total):
    • Quick test of main topics from the previous week.
    • You must be here to take it!
    • All short answer
  • Take-home projects
    • Usually involve some research and writing
    • Due on the day listed on syllabus
    • Graded on content and effort
    • Be sure to ask questions before taking them home! (You can e-mail me, too)
  • Mid-term and final
  • Counts for 45% of your grade!
  • I will allow for challenging of quiz and exam answers
    • Class takes a vote, decides if you get the point
    • Possible chances for extra credit…
give it your best effort
Give it your best effort!
  • Come to class!
  • Remember: This is what you love to do and is going to be your profession
  • Never hesitate to talk to me or send an e-mail. COMMUNICATE! If you don’t tell me, I have no way of knowing.
  • Have fun… yes there are tests, but it’s more about what you learn.