Course Title: Perform advanced sound editing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART6074C

Course Title: Perform advanced sound editing

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production

Course Contact : program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Anthony Norris
Phone: (03) 9925 4268

Nominal Hours: 65

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


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to perform advanced sound editing. This involves assessing the quality of original recorded sound against production requirements, determining the scope of the sound-editing project, preparing source materials for sound editing, editing sound in line with production requirements, and applying sound effects to enhance the final product. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Please note that course delivery will be broken into two parts; theory and practical.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU403A Perform advanced sound editing


1Prepare for sound editing

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Participate in pre-production meetings with relevant personnel to discuss production requirements and procedures
1.2 Check that necessary copyright releases have been organised
1.3 Consider the impact of different release sound formats when planning editing work
1.4 Check sound equipment to ensure it is operational and appropriate for the task
1.5 Prepare a team work plan as required and brief relevant personnel accordingly
1.6 Obtain original sound sources and assess their quality against production requirements
1.7 Check any documentation in the receipt and preparation of original recordings and copies for productions
1.8 Advise where sound sources do not meet quality and production requirements and propose options to resolve issues as required
1.9 Anticipate problems that may arise during the editing process and plan accordingly


2Edit complex sound sequences

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Check the format of all sound sources, ensuring it is compatible with editing software, equipment and media output
2.2 Critically listen to sound sources to determine the extent and range of required edits
2.3 Manipulate editing software and equipment to produce required outcomes and to resolve identified problems
2.4 Work sensitively and constructively with relevant personnel to achieve best production outcomes


3Create overall sound context

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Determine the purpose for which sound is being used in productions
3.2 Identify, select and/or produce appropriate sound effects or elements
3.3 Apply knowledge and understanding of sonic lexicon to enhance final creative outcomes
3.4 Note sound effects and elements on spotting sheets
3.5 Incorporate sound effects and elements to meet creative requirements


4Finalise editing operations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Participate in spotting sessions with relevant personnel and make adjustments to mix as required
4.2 Ensure that final files are in the correct format
4.3 Manage the quality check of the final sound mix in line with enterprise procedures and production requirements
4.4 Archive edited audio files and complete associated documentation according to enterprise procedures
4.5 Ensure that work environment is left clean and ready for the next user
4.6 In collaboration with support personnel, organise and maintain sound effects libraries for future productions
4.7 Provide feedback to other team members as required
4.8 Evaluate own performance against technical and creative criteria and note areas for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will achieve an understanding of the principles governing digital audio recording devices and the skills and knowledge required to perform advanced sound editing.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• lectures
• group discussion
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• work shopping of students’ own projects

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• online research
• independent project based work

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.

 CLASS PLAN 2011: Advanced Sound Editing THEORY Component: WEEKS 1 ~ 8 Lecture
Semester 1
Week Class content Other Elements

 Overview of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.
Binary, Digital Sampling & Nyquist’s Theorem

 Introduction &
Stage 1
Class2 Anti-Alias Filters
Over-sampling & Interpolation
 Stage 2 1
Class3 Dithering: Word Length Reduction Stage 3 1
Class4 Error Checking
Storage, Interleaving & Retrieval
 Stage 4 1
Class5 Parity, R2R Ladder Stage 5 1
Class6 Revision Stage 6 1
Class7the Compact Disc for Audio, including an overview of SA-CD (Super Audio CD) & DSD (Direct Stream Digital)CD-DA & DSD 1
Class8Written TEST: Short Answer & Multiple ChoiceWritten Exam 1
 CLASS PLAN 2011: Advanced Sound Editing PRACTICAL: WEEKS 9 ~ 16 & SEM 2 Computer Lab
Semester 1
Week Class content Other Elements
Class1 Summary of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.
Introduction to AVID Protools LE Vsn 8.x
Constructing a Session: Tracks, Aux, Sub-Groups, Masters.
 Introduction1 - 5
Class2 Grid Alignment to Audio (Basic) Skill Set 11 - 5
Class3 Grid Alignment to Audio (Intermediate) Skill Set 11 - 5
Class4 Grid Alignment to Audio (Advanced) Skill Set 11 - 5
Class5 Track Automation & Region Editing Skill Set 21 - 5
Class6 Track Automation & Region Editing Skill Set 21 - 5
Class7 Advanced Track & Plug-in Automation Skill Set 31 - 5
Class8 Advanced Track & Plug-in Automation Skill Set 31 - 5
 Semester 2
Class Class content Other Elements
Class1 Delivery of Skills: DIALOGUE EDITING Skill Set 4 3, 4
Class2 Assessment of Skills: DIALOGUE EDITING EXAM Skill Set 4 3, 4
Class3 Delivery of Skills: DRUM PLAYLIST EDITING Skill Set 5 1 - 4
Class4 Delivery of Skills: DRUM PLAYLIST EDITING Skill Set 5 1 - 4
Class5 ELASTIC AUDIO Skill Set 6 1 - 4
Class6 TIME & SIGNATURES: Inserting & Deleting Time from Sessions Skill Set 7 1 - 4
Class7 Overview & Commencement of ASE Major Project MAJOR PROJECT 1 - 4
Class12Compacting Files. Completion & Submission of Major Project.MAJOR PROJECT 1 - 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

For theory classes: ‘Digital audio theory study note’s and other web-based resources as presented by your teacher.
For practical classes: All resources are provided via the server housing all relevant exercises and documents.


Prescribed texts as presented at orientation. Internet sites like
You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You will provide:
For theory classes: A pen and notebook with chapter dividers for note taking in lectures. A Calculator is NOT required for this subject.
For practical classes: Your own studio quality headphones & external storage device (recommend FW800 or FW400).

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include a theory test, drum playlist editing, dialogue editing skills and a major project

Assessment Tasks

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.

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

Formative Assessment
1. Short answer and multiple-choice written questionnaire on the elements and underpinning technical knowledge in this unit, held in class 8.
2. Drum Playlist Editing, held in classes 3-4, Semester 2
• Retrieve Recorded data from Prac. Ex. 4 Drum Recording (as part of BUSM6224C: Manage Production Requirements)
• Apply Skill Set delivered in Lab class
• Present Final Edit to Teacher for Assessment & Feedback
3. Dialogue Editing Skills, held in class 2, Semester 2
• Source data provided on RMIT server
• Apply Editing Skill Set delivered in Lab class
• Deliver final Dialogue audio file to Server
• Feedback & Assessment provided in Semester 2

Summative Assessment
4. ASE Major Project, held in classes 8-11, Semester 2
• See Criteria on RMIT Server
• Apply all elements of skill sets delivered in lab class
• Deliver entire project to server for assessment & feedback

Grading criteria for this assessment 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 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

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:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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