Course Title: Create a final sound balance

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5168

Course Title: Create a final sound balance

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 76.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2007

Course Contact: John Phillips

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4268

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This involves the following key elements.
• A historical view of recording
• The concept of vision and its application to audio
• Synchronisation
• Location Recording
• Digital editing of multi-track recordings
• Post Production
• Surround Sound
• Mixing for various mediums
• Mastering

This course looks at creating a final sound balance, the mix-down.
It also focusses on mxing down for surround, for cinema and DVD, as well as other surround sound mediums.
Delivery is a combination of lectures, audio workstation lab excercises, and studio mixing projects.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU15A Create a final sound balance


Assess sound sources for simultaneous balance

Complete documentation and other requirements

Create final sound balance

Identify creative and artistic possibilities

Learning Outcomes

not applicable

Overview of Assessment

Assessment  for this course is primarily undertaken through the following:
1- Class based practical exercises/assessments
2- Project work undertaken both in the studio and edit suites for submission
3- Written examination
4- Evaluation of practical portfolio & written submissions

Students will aquaint themselves with the skills necessary to undertake music and sound for film mixdowns, in stereo and surround.