Course Title: Mix live audio

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART6343C

Course Title: Mix live audio

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4348 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical Services

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher:
Loki Lockwood
Email: loki.lockwood@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 140

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

None

Course Description

The skills and knowledge required to mix audio for live performance are fundamental to working successfully in the live event industry. Skills in mixing audio are developed through practice and you will learn to work autonomously in a team environment as you take responsibility for creating quality sound for audiences.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU401 Mix live audio

Element:

1. Prepare for live audio mixing

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Review production documentation and confirm scope of audio mixing requirements with relevant personnel

1.2 Ensure that audio equipment is set up and operational in line with production requirements

1.3 Anticipate problems that could arise during shows and plan accordingly

Element:

2. Undertake pre-show operations

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Match interfaces between audio and destination in accordance with level, impedance, phase and frequency

2.2 Line check all inputs and outputs for continuity and patching and route test signals to correct signal paths

2.3 Perform time and phase alignment of audio equipment and adjust as required

2.4 Check that audio levels and controls meet acoustic and dynamic requirements

2.5 Take action to ensure that faults and problems identified during testing are rectified promptly

2.6 Complete audio check and document changes according to organisational requirements

2.7 Operate front of house and monitor consoles during dress rehearsals or sound checks to establish appropriate mix to produce the required technical level, tonal balances and frequency response

2.8 Discuss audio issues with relevant personnel during rehearsals and adjust mix as required

Element:

3. Mix audio sources for live shows

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Manage signal control of level, equalisation and dynamic parameters to achieve a balanced sound mix

3.2 Apply effects according to production requirements

3.3 Produce transitions between sound signals that are technically accurate and produce the required effect

3.4 Ensure that the level of the composite signal is within technical limits and desired dynamic range

3.5 Observe and manage sound pressure levels according to venue requirements and safe noise levels

3.6 Resolve audio operational problems with minimal disruption to performances

Element:

4. Complete post-show operations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Execute power down and disassemble equipment safely

4.2 Pack and store equipment and accessories according to safety regulations and production requirements

4.3 Clean work environment after use and restore environment to original condition

4.4 Contribute to evaluations of productions and implement recommendations aimed at improving overall effectiveness of audio operations

4.5 Seek feedback from relevant personnel on own work performance and note areas for improvement


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. You will be able to create quality sound through:


• Identifying the various components of a concert sound system
• Using the advanced features of dynamics, EQ and system management
• Applying your knowledge of technical requirements of a sound system relating to amplifiers, speakers, power and impedance.
• Using familiar with modern DSP use and digital mixing consoles
• Applying your knowledge of  the role of cross-overs and filters in multi band speaker systems


Details of Learning Activities

  • Practical theory sessions
  • Equipment demonstrations, set-up and practical exercises in Kaleide theatre as a simulated work environment
  • Group discussions
  • Web tests covering required knowledge

Out of-class self-directed learner activities for this course include but are not limited to: additional equipment practice sessions, private research at selected sound equipment websites and revision of notes to reinforce classroom content. These activities will be monitored during class through question/answer sessions.
 


Teaching Schedule

Semester 1 - Class Planned Activities ( (Subject to change and revision)
 Elements Covered
1

 Class #1 - Classroom
Course overview and introduction
Introduction to Soundwaves and transmission
Introduction to Acoustics
Human Hearing and Loudness

Web Test #1 – submission due
Understanding of Acoustics
Anticipate problems that could arise during shows and plan accordingly
Task #1 – submission due
Listening Exercise
Demonstration of critical listening and aural discrimination.

 

1
2 Class #2 – Classroom
Leads and Connectors
Cable rolling and maintenance
Microphones and DI’s
Basic Electronics 
Microphone Pre Amps
Phase alignment of microphones
Web Test #2 – submission due
Microphones, connectors & Production requirements
Ensure that audio equipment is setup and operational in line with production requirements.
Task #2 – submission due
Cable Rolling Exercise
Reverse roll an XLR cable
Figure 8 a power cable
Roll a multicore cable with a partner
Test and check a signal cable for faults
1, 2
3 Class #3 - Kaleide Introduction 1
Introduction to the Mixing Console
Signal Flow and Block Diagrams
Inserts and Dynamics
Graphic Equalisers
Reverb, Delay and FX
Web Test #3 – submission due
Microphones, connections and Mixing Consoles
Characteristics and applications of different types of microphone capsules.
Explain features of different mixing consoles and signal processing.
Task #3 – submission due
Block Diagram Exercise
Drawing a block diagram of equipment and system setups.
Reading and interpreting sound documentation and plans.
 2, 3
4

Class #4 – Kaleide Introduction 2
Demonstration of a Sound Reinforcement System, Patching and stage plans, Channel lists, Stage safety and theatre terminology

Assessment Task #1

 1. Cable Rolling and Microphone Set-up. Individual in Pairs

2, 3, 4
5 Class #5 – Kaleide Introduction 3
FOH and Monitor speakers
Auxiliary Sends
Frequency Filters and Graphic EQ
Controlling Feedback
Electrical Safety & Power calculations
2, 3, 4
6 Break into smaller work groups
You will be required to attend at Kalaide Theatre for at least 4 hours. Depending on your preference.
Morning Session. 9.30 - 12.30
Afternoon Session. 1.00 - 4.00
1, 2, 3, 4
7 Break into smaller work groups
You will be required to attend at Kalaide Theatre for at least 4 hours. Depending on your preference. Failure to attend will effect your overall mark
Morning Session. 9.30 - 12.30
Afternoon Session. 1.00 - 4.00
 1, 2, 3, 4
8 Break into smaller work groups
You will be required to attend at Kalaide Theatre for at least 4 hours. Depending on your preference. Failure to attend will effect your overall mark
Morning Session. 9.30 - 12.30
Afternoon Session. 1.00 - 4.00
 1, 2, 3, 4
9

Assessment Task #2 - Pre-production portfolio. Group assessment task.

Break into smaller work groups
You will be required to attend at Kalaide Theatre for at least 4 hours. Depending on your preference. Failure to attend will effect your overall mark
Morning Session. 9.30 - 12.30
Afternoon Session. 1.00 - 4.00

 1, 2, 3, 4
10

Assessment Task #3 - Analog PA Set-up. Multiple monitor set-up with full micing. Group assessment task.
You must attend one of the next 3 weeks.
You will be required to attend at Kalaide Theatre for a full day. You will get a half hour lunch break. Failure to attend will result in a fail.
Morning Session. 9.30 - 12.30
Afternoon Session. 1.00 - 4.00
You will be accessed on your ability to set up an analogue PA system, your ability to know all relevant components in the system. Team work, Stage Layout, Microphone placement, Setup, Pack Down. OH&S

 1, 2, 3, 4
11 Assessment Task #3 - Analog PA Set-up. Multiple monitor set-up with full micing. Group assessment task.
You will be accessed on your ability to set up an analogue PA system, your ability to know all relevant components in the system. Team work, Stage Layout, Microphone placement, Setup, Pack down. OH&S
 1, 2, 3, 4
12Assessment Task #3 - Analog PA Set-up. Multiple monitor set-up with full micing. Group assessment task.
You will be accessed on your ability to set up an analogue PA system, your ability to know all relevant components in the system. Team work, Stage Layout, Microphone placement, Setup, Pack down. OH&S
 1, 2, 3, 4
Semester 2 - Class  Planned Activities ( (Subject to change and revision) Elements Covered
 1Class #1
Introduction to Digital mixing consoles
Basic digital audio theory
Web Test #1 – submission due
Digital audio and mixing consoles
Operating knowledge of sound mixing consoles
Knowledge of computer technology
 1
 2 Class #2
Compressors
Noise Gates
Expanders
Web Test #2 – submission due
Dynamics Processing
Manipulating input signals/gain structure using monitoring and metering functions, equalisers, filters, compressors/expanders, faders and auxiliaries
 1
 3 Lecture #3
EQ for Musical Instruments
Tone, Colour and Frequency
Reverberation, Delay FX, Special FX
Web Test #3 – submission due
Mixing with FX
Understanding spatial imaging and special effects. Knowledge of, and ability to operate, signal processing and effects devices.
1, 2
 4 Break into smaller work groups for equipment set-up, practice and pack up. 1, 2, 3
 5 Break into smaller work groups for equipment set-up, practice and pack up. 1, 2, 3
 6 Break into smaller work groups for equipment set-up, practice and pack up. 1, 2, 3
 7 Break into smaller work groups for equipment set-up, practice and pack up. 1, 2, 3
 8 Practice for Assessment 1, 2, 3
 9 Practice for Assessment 1, 2, 3, 4
 10 Practice for Assessment  1, 2, 3, 4
 11 Practice for Assessment  1, 2, 3, 4
 12Assessment Task #4 - 4. Digital PA Set-up. Separate monitor set-up with full micing. 2 desks. Group assessment.
Practical Assessment Session
  1, 2, 3, 4
 13

Assessment Task #4 - 4. Digital PA Set-up. Separate monitor set-up with full micing. 2 desks. Group assessment.

Practical Assessment Session

  1, 2, 3, 4
 14

Assessment Task #4 - 4. Digital PA Set-up. Separate monitor set-up with full micing. 2 desks. Group assessment.

Practical Assessment Session

  1, 2, 3, 4
 15

Assessment Task #4 - 4. Digital PA Set-up. Separate monitor set-up with full micing. 2 desks. Group assessment.

Practical Assessment Session

  1, 2, 3, 4
 16 Course review  1, 2, 3, 4


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None prescribed at time of writing.


References

You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information. Students are expected to make full use of University library facilities, in researching about this course.


Other Resources

You should refer to Blackboard for resources for this course. The teacher may refer you to other resources.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this
course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.
It is recommended that you bring materials to classes and events to make notes, for example;
• a pen and notepaper
• a laptop computer with word and excel type programs, if you have access to on.
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will involve demonstration of practical tasks and testing of your knowledge of underpinning theory.


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for Assessment Task 3 and 4 (refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric).
 

Semester 1

Assessment Task 1. Cable Rolling and Microphone Set-up.

For this assessment you work in pairs but are assessed individually. You will be running out cables, setting up microphones and stands and packing up equipment.

Due: Class #4 in Kaleide Theatre as simulated work environment.


Assessment task 2. Pre-production portfolio.

For this task you will be working in a group to produce a production portfolio comprising of : SWMS, Schedule , Floor Plan, Equipment list, Signal Flow Block Diagram.

You will be assessed individually.

Due: Class #9


Assessment Task 3.Analog PA Set-up.(This is a graded assessment)

Multiple monitor set-up with full micing in Kaleide Theatre as simulated work environment. This is a group assessment but you are assessed individually.

Due: This assessment will be conducted over three classes: Class #10, #11 and #12
 

Semester 2

Assessment Task 4. Digital PA Set-up.(This is a graded assessment)

For this assessment you will be required to set up, operate and pack up sound equipment with full micing in Kaleide Theatre as simulated work environment. You will be required to use 2 mixing desks. You will work in groups but be assessed individually. This assessment will be offered over four classes commencing Due: class # 12.

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. The marking criteria is available on Blackboard.

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades

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 Matrix

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

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: rmit.edu.au/students

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

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (web link)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

Assessment and Feedback (web link)
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress (web link)
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission (web link)
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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism (web link)
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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