Course Title: Edit sound

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6412C

Course Title: Edit sound

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4372 - Certificate IV in Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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:

CUASOU407 Edit sound


1. Prepare for sound editing

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss production requirements and procedures with relevant people

1.2 Confirm necessary copyright releases have been obtained

1.3 Consider impact of using different release sound formats

1.4 Confirm sound editing software and equipment is operational and appropriate for production requirements

1.5 Prepare team work plan as required, and brief relevant people accordingly

1.6 Obtain original or copies of sound sources, and assess their quality against production requirements

1.7 Advise relevant people if sound sources do not meet production requirements, and propose options to resolve issues as required

1.8 Anticipate problems that may arise during sound editing, and plan accordingly


2. Edit complex sound sequences

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm format of sound sources is compatible with sound editing software and equipment

2.2 Follow work health and safety (WHS) procedures, and use safe work practices when using sound editing software and equipment

2.3 Listen critically to sound sources to determine extent and range of required edits

2.4 Use sound editing software and equipment to achieve technical and creative production outcomes, and to resolve identified problems

2.5 Collaborate with relevant people to meet production requirements


3. Create overall sound context

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Determine purpose for which sound is being used in production

3.2 Select or produce appropriate sound effects that enhance the purpose, genre and technical/creative outcomes of the production

3.3 Incorporate sound effects and elements to meet creative and production requirements


4. Finalise editing operations

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Listen to final sound mix with relevant people, and make adjustments as necessary

4.2 Save final files in correct format

4.3 Conduct quality check of final sound mix according to production requirements and enterprise procedures

4.4 Archive edited files, and complete relevant documentation according to production requirements and enterprise procedures

4.5 Confirm work environment is cleaned after use and restored to pre-editing condition

4.6 Collaborate with relevant people to organise a sound effect library for future productions

4.7 Provide feedback to production team members as required

4.8 Evaluate own performance 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

Learning, training and assessment will be delivered through two formats:


Classes will be delivered in lecture format to cover knowledge required to develop a solid understanding of digital audio theory that underpins digital sound editing practice.


Digital Audio Editing classes will be conducted in audio computer labs, with each student provided with individual computers with required audio software installed to complete practical exercises and assessments.


Teaching Schedule



CLASS PLAN: Edit Sound THEORY Component

Semester 1

Class 1

Introduction &

Stage 1

• Overview of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.

• Binary, Digital Sampling & Nyquist’s Theorem

Class 2

Stage 2

• Anti-Alias Filters

• Over-sampling & Interpolation

Class 3

Stage 3

• Dithering: Word Length Reduction

Class 4

Stage 4

• Error Checking

• Storage, Interleaving & Retrieval

Class 5

Stage 5

• Parity, R2R Ladder

Class 6

Stage 6

• Revision

Class 7


• the Compact Disc for Audio, including an overview of SA-CD (Super Audio CD) & DSD (Direct Stream Digital)

Class 8

Written Test

• Written Paper: Short Answer & Multiple Choice




Semester 1

Class 1


Summary of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.

Introduction to AVID Protools LE Vsn 8.x

Constructing a Session: Tracks, Aux, Sub-Groups, Masters.

Class 2

Skill Set 1

Grid Alignment to Audio (Basic)

Class 3

Grid Alignment to Audio (Intermediate)

Class 4

Grid Alignment to Audio (Advanced)

Class 5

Skill Set 2

Track Automation & Region Editing

Class 6

Track Automation & Region Editing

Class 7

Skill Set 3

Advanced Track & Plug-in Automation

Class 8

Semester 2

Class 1

Skill Set 4

Delivery of Skills: DIALOGUE EDITING


Assessment of Skills: DIALOGUE EDITING EXAM

Class 3

Skill Set 5


Class 4


Class 5

Skill Set 6


Class 6

Skill Set 7

TIME & SIGNATURES: Inserting & Deleting Time from Sessions

Classes 7 ~ 11


Overview & Commencement of ASE Major Project


Class 12

Compacting Files. Completion & Submission of Major Project.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include a theory test, drum playlist editing, dialogue editing skills and a major audio editing project. Training and assessment will include covering industry standard DAW systems.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.


Assessment: Semester 1

Theory Component: Written Paper (Graded)

Practical Component: Various Skill-sets (Formative and Ungraded) 

Semester 2: All Graded

Dialogue Editing

Drum Playlist Editing

Protools Major Project



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

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

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


Assessment Matrix: CUASOU407: EDIT SOUND



Performance Criteria:

Theory Paper


1.1-1.4, 1.8

Various Skill-sets

1, 2, 3, 4

1.1, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.8

Dialogue Editing Skills Set

1, 2, 3, 4

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.8

Drum Playlist Editing

1, 2, 4

1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.8

Protools Major Project

1, 2, 3, 4

1.1~1.4, 1.8, 2.1~2.5, 3.1~3.3, 4.1~4.8



The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through 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:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

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.

Credit Tra

Course Overview: Access Course Overview