Course Title: Mix sound sources

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART5970C

Course Title: Mix sound sources

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Steven Ward
 Phone: (03) 99254815


Nominal Hours: 35

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

No pre-requisites or co-requistes are required.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide you with skills and knowledge necessary operate an audio mixing console and to make informed choices regarding a final sound mix.

After satisfactory completion of this course you will be able to:
• Connect multiple sound sources into an audio mixing console.
• Use correct gain structure and EQ settings for a variety of sound sources.
• Use outboard dynamics and effects processing
• Perform a final audio mix down of a multi instrument recording.
• Use the basic features of digital audio recording software.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU09A Mix sound sources


1.    Evaluate and optimise the sound sources 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Ensure that the sound sources are appropriate for the technical and creative requirements of the production such as level, tonal quality, balance, perspective, frequency and suitability.
1.2 Ensure that audio and decibel levels do not exceed accepted standard reference levels
1.3 Check sound sources for audible defects, and if possible ensure that any defects are eliminated before mixing
1.4 Where necessary, ensure that sound sources recorded from different mediums have the required compatibility
1.5 Complete assessment of sound sources within the constraints of a production requirements
1.6 Assess the possibilities and/or difficulties associated with sound sources and explain these clearly to relevant personnel


2.    Mix sound sources

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Mix given tracks and/or other sound sources to achieve required artistic effects
2.2 Produce transitions between sounds that are technically accurate and produce the required effect
2.3 Apply effects where and as required
2.4 Ensure that levels of sound sources meet current safety standards
2.5 Ensure that the level of the composite signal is within technical limits and the desired dynamic range


3.    Evaluate and obtain endorsement from relevant personnel 

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess the mix on the range of speakers appropriate to the particular end use
3.2 Assess each track for correctness and quality and evaluate the sound mix for correctness, quality and required effect
3.3 Play back final mix with relevant personnel to assess the quality of the sound mix in relation to production requirements
3.4 Discuss and agree upon any changes required to improve the quality of the sound mix
3.5 Apply and incorporate any final necessary adjustments to the sound mix
3.6 Keep all records as required

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to operate an audio mixing console and be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary create a professional sound mix.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:
• demonstrations
• workshops
• practical exercises
• reading set texts
• web based activities
• self directed learning activities

You will be responsible for your learning and will be expected to engage in independent 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 change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Planned Class ActivitiesElements
Class 1Introduction to Digital mixing consoles
Basic digital audio theory
Introduction to the DAW
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
Class 2Compressors
Noise Gates
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6

Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Class 3EQ for Musical Instruments
Tone, Colour and Frequency
Reverberation, Delay FX, Special FX
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6


Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Class 4The Loudness War
Bus Compression
Side Chain Techniques
Multiband Compression and Limiting
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6


Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Class 5Practical Assessment Session #1
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6


Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6


Class 6Practical Assessment Session #2Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6


Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Class 7Practical Assessment Session #3Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6


Element 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

Refer First Year Book and Materials List

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks

You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course..

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 assesment tasks in this unit are graded.

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and a grade for the summative assessment.

You will be assessed using the following methods:

Formative Assessment

Four weekly web based tests on the topics raised and materials used in each class. (Classes 1-4)

This assessment is used to assess the learner’s underpinning skills and knowledge of this unit.

Summative Assessment
1.    Completion of a multi-channel audio mix (due Class 5-7)

This is an assessment of the learner’s ability to apply a variety of skills and knowledge relating to the use of a digital audio mixing console including signal processors and dynamics control.

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 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

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.

The major learning experience involves theory and practical training and assessment sessions, including individual and group practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

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

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. 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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - 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

Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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