Course Title: Operate sound mixing console
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2007
Course Code: VART5723C
Course Title: Operate sound mixing console
School: 345T Creative Media
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4128 - Certificate IV in Music Industry (Technical Production)
Course Contact : Adam Lovell
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4976
Course Contact Email:email@example.com
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Nominal Hours: 60
Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
Students will learn the skills and knowledge to operate a basic sound studio including, sound mixing console/desk, major outboard sound processing equipment and develop basic skills to monitor sound quality and develop creative and technical judgements.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
CUSSOU11A Operate sound mixing console
Complete work operations, including all studio outboard and mixing console
- Complete all necessary documentation in accordance with organisational procedures and production requirements
Monitor technical quality of all studio equipment during production
- Monitor the level of sources and mix and balance them so that relative loudness of sources in the output is within the required technical limits, and satisfies the creative requirements
Operate console and additional studio processing during production
- Observe OHS requirements for operating the sound mixing console
Prepare sound mixing console and outboard studio processing for operation
- Liaise with relevant personnel and/or read production documents to interpret and confirm the sound requirements so that technical and creative requirements are met
Details of Learning Activities
Students explore the major studio equipment - theory of operation and practical application, through a series of class based lectures/tutorials/discussion.
The central emphasis will be on mixing console and outboard processing equipment, use and applications to achieve usable industry acceptable results.
Students will have the opportunity to gain practical insights into operational functions and user tips and tricks within class activities, and these will form the foundation of skills that will underpin the various Tasks and assessments throughout the semester. .
|WEEK ||TOPIC ||DESCRIPTION|
|1 ||INTRODUCTION ||Introduction to tutor / background / present industry involvement
Introduction to class/expectations/start-finish times/subject and overview of topics.
|2||MIXER DESIGN ||Split-monitor v’s In-Line
Off tape monitoring – how, why.
Mackie Manual handout
|3||MACKIE ||Commence review of Mackie mixer with reference to the Mackie console user guide handout.
Front panel controls / layout
Commence Assessment Task 1.2
|4 ||MACKIE ||Continue front panel definitions via manual
Master Output Section
8 Subgroup master busses
H/P Masters – what options for HP mixes in RMIT studio 1
AUX – what do they do – when to use them
Mix-B – description and examples of application
|5 ||SIGNAL FLOW||Introduction to reading Block Diagrams
Commence review of Mackie Block Diagram.
|6 ||SIGNAL FLOW Cont’d ||Channel Path/Mix-B pathway features and applications.|
|7||SIGNAL FLOW REVISION + |
Jack 1/4”, 6.5mm.
Examples of patches
|8 ||ANALOG||Tape Construction + Formats/sizes/speed/length
Basic machine tape path and travel
Basic alignment issues
Basic SMPTE frame rates
|9||EQ||Why/when to apply
Variations between software and hardware (patching points/plug-in location)
Description of effect
|10 ||DYNAMICS |
Commence Assessment Task 1.1
|11 ||DYNAMICS |
In-class practical of gating, comp and Side-chain processing
|12||TIME BASED FX||Delay FX
Harmonizers/Pitch Shifters/Correction Tools
|13||FX & MIXING APPLICATIONS||FX continued with Parameters
In studio examples within Pro Tools of how a mix can be completed including application of FX and general revue of mix strategies.
|14 ||FX & MIXING APPLICATIONS||In studio examples within Pro Tools of how a mix can be completed including application of FX and general revue of mix strategies.
Review of Studio Etiquitte
Monitoring set-up – speaker control and options
Power up/down procedures
Preamp options and general differences
Headphone mixes and amp options
Session etiquettes (neutralize desk, collapse stands etc..)
|15 || |
Assessment Task 2.1
"Modern Recording Techniques" (6th Edition), Huber and Runstein, Focal Press
"Sound Reinforcement Handbook", Davis and Jones, Yamaha
"Audio For Media", Alten, Wadsworth
Learners will be provided subject/course material handouts in class.
-These will form a critical component of the course work and will be crucial in preparing for assessment.
-Only ONE (1) copy per student will be allocated - DO NOT LOOSE THEM!
-Bring them to all classes.
-DO NOT LOOSE THEM!
Each learner MUST provide the following items:-
• Professional quality headphones
• External firewire hard drive - formated to be Mac/PC compatible (ask if unsure)
• CD-R + DVD-R media as required in studio sessions to back-up and submit material.
WORLD WIDE WEB
(these are just the beginning - take the time to look at each and every site listed below, some will provide very valuable resources for the months/years ahead)
Tape Op (USA)
Audio Technology (AUS)
Sound On Sound (EUR)
Future Music (UK)
Audio Media (UK/USA)
Overview of Assessment
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including one-on-one practical assessment, studio based practical tasks and written assessment.
Students are advised that some tasks will be conducted in Semester 2 to allow sufficient familiarisation of practical facilities.
Task 1. Practical competency assessment
Task 1.1 10% - In-class creation of an advertisement for broadcast.
a. 2% - develop concept
b. 2% - complete recording and edit
c. 3% - mix material to standards required for format
d. 3% - submit for assessment as per guidelines required
Task 1.2 10% - Completion of supervised studio tasks - Competency based assessment to check individual performance within group activites.
Task 1.2 10% - One-on-One practical studio assessment covering basic studio navigation
(to allow learner sufficient familiarisation time - this is held in Semester 2)
Task 2. Written examination (held at end of Semester 1)
Task 2.1 70% - Written multiple choice and short answer question paper covering major theory and practical material.
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