Course Title: Edit sound

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2022

Course Code: COMM7390C

Course Title: Edit sound

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 

School: 515T Creative Industries

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5410 - Diploma of Music (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Rebekha Naim

Course Contact Phone: +61399254849

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Tok Norris

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

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to edit sound material in line with production requirements in music, screen, media, entertainment and events industries. This involves assessing the quality of source materials, preparing source materials for sound editing, using sound editing software and equipment to make edits and rectify issues with source sounds, and applying effects to enhance the final product.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU417 Edit sound


1. Prepare for sound editing

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Discuss desired technical and creative outcomes of production, production procedures and timeframe with required personnel

1.2 Confirm necessary copyright releases have been obtained

1.3 Confirm sound editing software and equipment is safe, operational and suitable for editing sound according to production requirements

1.4 Prepare plan to complete sound editing work in line with production requirements and required timeframe

1.5 Obtain copies of sound sources and assess their quality against production requirements

1.6 Advise required personnel if sound sources do not meet production requirements and resolve issues within scope of own role as required


2. Edit complex sound sequences

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine extent and range of required edits by listening critically to sound sources

2.2 Edit sound sources and resolve identified problems according to desired technical and creative production outcomes using sound editing software and equipment

2.3 Use sound effects or signal processing to enhance the purpose, genre, and technical and creative outcomes of production

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


3. Finalise editing operations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Share final sound mix with required personnel and adjust as required

3.2 Save final files in required format according to production requirements

3.3 Conduct quality check of final sound mix according to production requirements and organisational procedures

3.4 Archive edited files and complete documentation as required according to organisational procedures

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

3.6 Organise sound effect library that can be used for future productions in collaboration with required personnel

3.7 Provide feedback to production team members on sound editing process as required and seek feedback on own performance

3.8 Evaluate own 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. 

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities will include a range of teacher directed group activities, projects, class exercises, review discussions/lectures and independent project based work.

Out-of-class activities include completion of individual design and pre-production work, preparation for class presentations and production work. Online research and occasional outside of class time group discussions will be required to maintain project work.

Teaching Schedule

CLASS PLAN: Edit Sound THEORY Component

Semester 1

Digital Audio Theory Components (Stages) 

Content Covered


(also Resource links)

Week 1

Introduction &

Stage 1

• Overview of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.

• Binary, Digital Sampling & Nyquist’s Theorem

For Classes 1-7

OneDriveLink (Links to an external site.)

Week 2

Stage 2

• Anti-Alias Filters

• Over-sampling & Interpolation

Week 3

Stage 3

• Dithering: Word Length Reduction

Week 4

Stage 4

• Error Checking

• Storage, Interleaving & Retrieval

Week 5

Stage 5

• Parity, R2R Ladder

Week 6

Stage 6

• Revision

Week 7


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

Week 8

• On-line Questionnaire: Short Answer & Multiple Choice

Assessment 1:

Unit Theory Questionnaire DUE



Semester 1

Digital Audio Theory Components (Stages) 

Content Covered


(also Resource links)

Week 9


Summary of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.

Introduction to AVID Protools Native 12.x

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

For classes 1 - 9

Intranet Server: on-Site Access ONLY (Links to an external site.)

Week 10

Skill Set 1

Grid Alignment to Audio (Basic)

ClassWorx / DAE Sesssion 1

Week 11

Grid Alignment to Audio (Intermediate)

ClassWorx / DAE Sesssion 2

Week 12

Grid Alignment to Audio (Advanced)

ClassWorx / DAE Sesssion 3

Week 13

Skill Set 2

Track Automation & Region Editing

ClassWorx / Small Mix Exercise

Week 14

Track Automation & Region Editing

ClassWorx / Small Mix Exercise

Week 15

Skill Set 3

Advanced Track & Plug-in Automation

ClassWorx / Small Mix Exercise

Week 16

Summary of Semester 1 Skillsets

All Above

Semester 2

Week 1

Skill Set 4


ClassWorx / Drum Playlist Editing

Week 2

Prepare Studio 1 Drum Recording Session for Editing


ClassWorx / Drum Playlist Editing

Assessment 2:

Drum Playlist DUE

Week 3

Skill Set 5


ClassWorx / Elastic Audio Skills

Week 4

Elastic Audio: Timing & Pitch


ClassWorx / Elastic Audio Skills

Week 5

Skill Set 6

TIME & SIGNATURES: Inserting & Deleting Time from Sessions

ClassWorx / Elastic Audio Skills

Week 6

Skill Set 7

Multi-Effects: Examples of unique routing within the DAW

Small Mix Exercise

Week 7 ~ 11

Overview & Commencement of subject Major Project in Protools

Exemplars from Intranet Server:

Digital Editing Dox


Week 12

Compacting Files. Completion & Submission of Major Project

Digital Editing Dox.

Assessment 3:

ProTools Major Project DUE Week 13

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information.

It is recommended that you bring materials to classes to make notes, for example;

a pen and notepaper or a laptop computer. You will need to have either a USB thumb drive or a USB/Thunderbolt Harddrive (or both) to store and manage your media. Your teacher will advise you what to get when classes commence.

The University Library has extensive resources. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. is available via your Library login.

The Library provides guides and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment tasks to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessments and once you have demonstrated competency you will also receive a result after your final assessment task.

Assessment Tasks

Semester 1

Assessment Task 1: Unit Theory Questionnaire Answering questions on the unit knowledge and skills. Due by Week 9, Semester 1.

Semester 2

Assessment Task 2: Drum Playlist. Due by Week 2, Semester 2.

Assessment Task 3: Pro Tools Major Project. Due by Week 13, Semester 2. 


You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on myRMIT for full assessment criteria.

Results that apply to Ungraded courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA      Competency Achieved

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 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 Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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