Course Title: Operate professional audio equipment
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2013
Course Code: VART6071C
Course Title: Operate professional audio equipment
School: 345T Media and Communication
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production
Course Contact : Program Administration
Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4976
Course Contact Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Teacher: Michael Pollard
Phone: 9925 4325
Nominal Hours: 100
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
Students will learn the skills and knowledge to operate a audio mixing equipment, including, major outboard sound processing equipment, software 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:
CUESOU03C Operate professional audio equipment
Complete post-performance procedures
1.1 Liaise with relevant personnel and accurately interpret documentation to determine audio requirements
1.2 Position and prepare equipment in accordance with requirements
1.3 Plot and run through cues on direction from relevant colleagues and in accordance with equipment, sequencing, timing and speed requirements
1.4 Implement appropriate changes to audio operation and document in accordance with organisational procedures
1.5 Communicate appropriate technical information to performers/presenters
Operate audio equipment
2.1 Power up equipment at the appropriate time and check to ensure correct functioning
2.2 Complete audio check and implement and document any adjustments in accordance with organisational procedures
2.3 Promptly identify, rectify and/or refer any equipment faults/problems to the relevant personnelas required
Participate in technical or creative run-through
3.1 Execute all audio cues in accordance with the running sheet, directions from colleagues and performance requirements
3.2 Promptly identify the need for change during the performance and modify cues as required to cater for unexpected events and to minimise negative impact on the performance
3.3 Operate console to produce the required technical level and tonal balances
3.4 Adjust equalisation for required tonal balance
3.5 Balance signal levels appropriately
3.6 Maintain overall audio level within the requirements of the
3.7 Play back audio effects at the required level through the appropriate speakers
3.8 Monitor equipment for correct operation throughout the performance and identify and action any problems appropriately
Prepare for audio operation
4. 1 Safely power down equipment at the appropriate time in accordance with manufacturer instructions and organisational procedures
4.2 Identify and complete necessary equipment adjustments, including maintenance and re-setting where appropriate in preparation for the next performance
4.3 Make accurate changes to documentation and process in accordance with organisational procedures
You learn the theoretical and practical operation of audio production equipment
Details of Learning Activities
In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• Class lectures
• Group activities
• Hands-on activities in small groups
Out of class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• Online research and reporting
• Reading of provided notes/excerpts of industry publications
Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.
>ANY ASSESSMENT SUBMISSION RCEIVED AFTER DUE DATE CAN ONLY RECIEVE A "CAG" RESULT<
|1||Intro, overview, toolkit, resources||Review of assessment||1.1 - 1.5|
|2||Console Designs||1.1 - 1.5|
|3||Console Features||2.1 - 2.3|
|4||Console Features||2.1 - 2.3|
|5||Console Signal Flow||2.1 - 2.3|
|6||Console Signal Flow||In Class SIGNAL FLOW Assessment (Assessment 1)||2.1 - 2.3|
|7||Audio Patch Bays||3.1 - 3.8|
|8||Analogue Tape/Machines Overview||3.1 - 3.8|
|9||EQ||3.1 - 3.8, 4.1 - 4.3|
|10||EQ||3.1 - 3.8, 4.1 - 4.3|
|11||Dynamic Processing||3.1 - 3.8, 4.1 - 4.3|
|12||Dynamic Processing||3.1 - 3.8, 4.1 - 4.3|
|13||FX Processing||3.1 - 3.8, 4.1 - 4.3|
|14||FX Processing||3.1 - 3.8, 4.1 - 4.3|
Assessment 2 due
Assessment 4 due
|4.1 - 4.3|
|16||Assessment||Summative Assessment 5A - written test.|
|17-20||Further assessment is held in studio sessions – Studios 1 & 2||
Assessments 3 & 5b due
Summative Assessment 5B - Session Plan to be checked on arrival in first studio session. - 1 plan per student required.
|2.1, - 2.3, 3.1 - 3.8, 4.1 - 4.3|
You will be supplied course notes that will form the basis of the written assessment and act as a central information point.You must take individual responsibility to keep the supplied notes for reference both in class and at home. There shall be a pdf copy of supplied handouts available on Blackboard for back-up.
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of the University library facilities.
Webinars, Web, in-class videos, Apps (such as QuizTones app for ear training) and many in-studio examples.
Students are advised that many of the principles and production procedures covered will be best absorbed into the learners work-flow and industry habits via regular consistant practice and application - access to suitable production tools such as software will allow this developement to occur.
Overview of Assessment
Assessment tasks include in-studio practical session completion and written assessment.
Assessment tasks in this course are either Formative or Summative.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks.
Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.
For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.
DEADLINES - If you cannot meet a submission date or assessment date the student must apply for an extension to RMIT.
Submissions cannot be made after the end of the teaching period without a Special Consideration application for extension.
>ANY ASSESSMENT SUBMISSION RECEIVED AFTER DUE DATE CAN ONLY RECEIVE A "CAG" RESULT<
To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.
1. SIgnal Flow
Complete in-class assessment of In-Line Console Signal Flow
Completion of this exercise is required for course completion.
Due class 5/6
2. Practical session in studio 1 / 2 / 3 (Acoustic Recording Session)
You session supervisor will check off your adequate completion of the following...
- Written plan for session (as per Pro Forma Session Plan)
- Ability to direct artist within session - clear communication, basic instructions and professional engagement during the session activities.
- Monitor required levels and adjust for tone - control the studo monitoring and react to monitored signal quality.
- Set-up and operate key equipment (Mics, Desk, Pro Tools)
- Due class 15
3. Practical sessions in studio 1 / 2 / 3 (Major Project initial tracking sessions)
You session supervisor will check off your adequate completion of the following..
- Follow written session plan (as per Pro Forma Session Plan)
- Power up required equipment
- Communicate with artist and offer direction
- Respond to needs and changes in session
- Operate key outboard processing equipment and Pre amps
- Due class / session 19 20
4. Radio Advert
You will complete this exercise in your practical work group outside of class time using either RMIT lab or small edit studio facilities booked via staff in the Google Calender system and submit 1 x CD per group.
- submit Broadcast Standard Advertisement as per a supplied brief
- record voice-over and mix with suitable sound fx and music bed
- add complimentary processing including compression, limiting & EQ
- submit on CD-R as Production Master labelled with Sound Production CD Template.
- Due class 15.
5a. Written examination held class 16.
- you will be assessed on key theoretical knowledge from the 15 weeks of material covered in weeks 1 - 15 classes.
5b. Written completion of Studio Session Plan (as per Pro Forma Session Plan) - to be checked in initial tracking session with Studio Supervisor.
The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course blackboard site.
Grades used in this unit 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 Assessment
Assessment of this unit is integrated with the assessments for the following units:
VART6073C RECORD SOUND
The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are
available through the course contact in Program administration
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration 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.
ANY ASSESSMENT SUBMISSION RCEIVED AFTER DUE DATE CAN ONLY RECIEVE A "CAG" RESULT
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
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:
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)
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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