Course Title: Perform advanced sound editing

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

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


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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 content                                                                      



CLASS PLAN 2015: Advanced Sound Editing THEORY Component: Classes 1 ~ 8 Lecture

Class 1

Overview of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.

Binary, Digital Sampling & Nyquist’s Theorem

Introduction &

Stage 1


Class 2

Anti-Alias Filters

Over-sampling & Interpolation

Stage 2


Class 3

Dithering: Word Length Reduction

Stage 3


Class 4

Error Checking

Storage, Interleaving & Retrieval

Stage 4


Class 5

Parity, R2R Ladder

Stage 5


Class 6


Stage 6


Class 7

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



Class 8

Written TEST: Short Answer & Multiple Choice

Written Exam


CLASS PLAN 2015: Advanced Sound Editing PRACTICAL: Classes 9 ~ 24 Computer Lab

Class 9

Summary of Learning Outcomes & Assessments.

Introduction to AVID Pro Tools software

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


1 - 5

Class 10

Grid Alignment to Audio (Basic)

Skill Set 1

1 - 5

Class 11

Grid Alignment to Audio (Intermediate)

Skill Set 1

1 - 5

Class 12

Grid Alignment to Audio (Advanced)

Skill Set 1

1 - 5

Class 13

Track Automation & Region Editing

Skill Set 2

1 - 5

Class 14

Mixing Skills with Pro Tools software

Skill Set 2

1 - 5

Class 15

Advanced Track & Plug-in Automation

Skill Set 3

1 - 5

Class 16

Mixing Skills with Pro Tools

Skill Set 3

1 - 5

Class 17

Delivery of Skills: DIALOGUE EDITING

Skill Set 4

3, 4


Assessment of Skills: DIALOGUE EDITING EXAM

Skill Set 4

3, 4

Class 19


Skill Set 5

1 - 4

Class 20


Skill Set 5

1 - 4

Class 21


Skill Set 6

1 - 4

Class 22

TIME & SIGNATURES: Inserting & Deleting Time from Sessions

Skill Set 7

1 - 4

Class 23

Overview & Commencement of ASE Major Project


1 - 4

Class 24



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 (Thunderbolt or USB 2.0 or above).

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Once you have demonstrated competency, your major project will be graded (refer to myRMIT for grading rubric).

Assessment Task 1: Short answer and multiple-choice written questionnaire on the elements and underpinning technical knowledge in this unit, held in class 8.
Ungraded Assessment

Assessment Task 2: Drum Playlist Editing, held in classes 19-20
• 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
Ungraded Assessment

Assessment Task 3: Dialogue Editing Skills, held in classes 17-18
• Source data provided on RMIT server
• Apply Editing Skill Set delivered in Lab class
• Deliver final Dialogue audio file to Server
• Feedback & Assessment provided
Ungraded Assessment

Assessment Task 4: ASE Major Project
• See Criteria on RMIT Server
• Apply all elements of skill sets delivered in lab class
• Deliver entire project to server for assessment & feedback
Graded Assessment
Due:Class 24
(Semester 2 week 20)

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

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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 a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

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