Course Title: Edit sound using computerised digital equipment/systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: COSC5222C

Course Title: Edit sound using computerised digital equipment/systems

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4230 - Certificate IV in Audiovisual Technology

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Steven Ward
Phone: 03 9925 4345
Email: steven.ward@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 85

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with skills and knowledge required to edit sound using digital editing equipment and/or systems for a production in the cultural industries.

After satisfactory completion of this course you will be able to:
• Identify the various components that comprise a digital audio workstation
• Create a plan and perform digital audio editing
• Create Foley and special sound effects
• Import and edit a variety of audio sources
• Apply standard mixing techniques in the digital domain
• Synchronise sound to picture


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU24A Edit sound using computerised digital equipment/systems

Element:

Element 1: Determine the production requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research and discuss creative and practical considerations with
relevant personnel so as to fulfill production requirements
and/or editorial standards
1.2 Decide on suitable digital sound editing equipment requirements
with the relevant personnel and document all requirements as
per organisational guidelines if necessary
1.3 Determine the format and materials required for the edit with
relevant personnel and document in accordance with production
requirements
1.4 Obtain or access equipment and accessories as required and
ensure consistency with the production requirements before
commencement of production
1.5 Receive final approval from production stakeholders if required

Element:

Element 2: Plan for digital sound editing

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ensure that digital audio editing equipment is operational and
functioning adequately according to organisational and
production requirements
2.2 Identify, preview and list all sound sequences to be used in the
production according to production requirements
2.3 Ensure that all materials are at hand to complete the editing
session
2.4 Create a digital copy of all original audio tracks to ensure there
is a backup should an error in editing occur
2.5 Preview the recorded audio and identify edit positions on the
edit plan document/production schedule in order to optimize
sound
2.6 Complete any documentation required to meet the legal,
operational or organisational standards

Element:

Element 3: Perform digital sound editing

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Load the source audio into the edit suite disk store system or
software ensuring that it is loaded in the appropriate sequence
3.2 Perform editing, using functions such as cut, paste, copy, move
and fade to enhance the sound recording
3.3 Use locators to navigate around the audio file
3.4 Ensure that there are no tight or loose edits, sudden changes in
ambience, levels or continuity
3.5 Apply effects, equalization, normalizing and other digital
enhancements as appropriate to enhance the sound
3.6 Ensure that an appropriate track list is generated for all tracks
3.7 Use the play back controls and playback list to evaluate the
production and identify any problems
3.8 Manipulate the editing suite/ software to solve any identified
problems

 

Element:

Element 4: Evaluate the production, complete the documentation and store appropriately. Decommission the editing facility

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate the production with relevant personnel and/or
according to production standards and requirements
4.2 Ensure that the edited audio file is transferred from the disk
store of the online editing system to a data recorder or disk for
archiving
4.3 Complete all appropriate documentation in line with
organisational standards and to meet production/broadcast
requirements

Element:

Element 5: Decommission the editing facility

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Report to relevant personnel and document any equipment that
is damaged and that requires maintenance
5.2 Leave the work site in the original or improved condition,
ensuring that there has been no adverse impact on the site


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to make informed decisions regarding preparation, planning and performing digital audio editing using computers.


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of

  • demonsrations
  • workshops
  • practical exercises
  • reading set texts

You will be responsible for your learning and will be expected to engage in indeoendanct research, reading and study.


Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to chsnge depending on clzss needs, availablility of speakers and resources.

 

Class #Planned Clas ActivitiesElements
1

•Computer Basics
•DAW basics
•File Management
•Software & Hardware
•Digital Audio Theory
•Development of audio editing
•Computers and recording

Introductory Exercise (Creating the first session)

1,1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5
2

•I/O Setup
•Session Preferences
•Window navigation
•Shortcut keys
•Importing Audio Files
•Editing Techniques

Exercise #1 (Editing Sound to create samples)

1,1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5,

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3

•Organising a session
•Automation
•Advanced Editing
•Grouping
•Plug-ins
•Signal Routing

Exercise #2 (Editing Sound for a mutli-channel session)

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

5.1, 5.2

4

•Recording
•MIDI
•Software Instruments
•Equalisers
•Dynamics Processors
•Using Effects

Exercise #3 (Editing Sound for music)

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

5.1, 5.2

5

•Importing Video
•Foley Recording
•Sound Design
•Editing Dialogue
•Noise Reduction
•Atmos Tracks

Exercise #4 (Editing Sound for Video)

1,1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5,

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

5.1, 5.2

6Practical Session – Foley and Sound FX for Video2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

7
Practical Session – Foley and Sound FX for Video

Formative Assessment #1 Due
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

8Practical Session – Music Remix for TV Commercial2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

9

Practical Session – Music Remix for TV Commercial

Formative Assessment #2 Due

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

10Practical Session – Sound FX and Music for Video2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

11Practical Session – Sound FX and Music for Video

Formative Assessment #3 Due
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

12Mixing “In the Box” and mastering techniques for DAW’s2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

13Practical Session – Final Sound Composition2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

14Practical Session – Final Sound Composition2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

15Practical Session – Final Sound Composition2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

16Practical Session – Final Sound Composition

Final Summative Assessment Due
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4,

4.1, 4.2, 4.3,

5.1, 5.2


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Refer First Year Book and Materials List.

Students are expected to bring the following resources:

Headphones
USB or Firewire media storage device
2 x Blank CDR with cases (for final submission of summative assessment)


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course includes demonstration of practical tasks and underpinning theoretical knowledge.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks are either formative or summative.

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as esential building blocks for more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assesssment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of asxsessment to a satisfactory standard.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

Formative Assessment:

1. Create Foley and sound fx for a video animation (due in TAFE week 7)

2. Remix a music track to fit a TV commercial (due in TAFE week 9)

3. Create sound fx and a music track for video clip (due in week 11)

Summative Assessment:

1. Create a final sound composition (due in TAFE week 16)


For further details on the assessments and information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this course are as follows:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC - Not yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for AssessmentThe assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Attendance

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstrations and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

Copyright
All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration/online

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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