Course Title: Manage audio input sources

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5378 Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Title: Manage audio input sources

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 30

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Term1 2018,
Term2 2018

Course Contact: Paul Thomas

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

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Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select and manage audio input sources and the audio signals these devices create.  This unit goes beyond the general knowledge and use of microphones and applies to those technicians who create and implement complex microphone plots.  As such it requires a detailed knowledge of microphone and input source technology.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU402 Manage audio input sources


1. Organise input sources

2. Maximise gain on stage

3. Manage inputs

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of different types of microphone and their applications, including different audio pick up patterns, microphone behaviour in different environments, acoustic consequences of signal phase problems and the use of phantom power 
  • Apply microphone requirements for different types of environments, including live sound, studio recording and live broadcast
  • Demonstrate techniques for preparation of a microphone plot, including key elements and relevant issues for consideration
  • Demonstrate techniques for preparation of an input signal failure plan, including key elements and issues for consideration
  • Demonstrate techniques for management of diverse input signal types, including limitations

Overview of Assessment

Course assessment tasks include studio practicals testing of underpinning knowledge.