Course Details

  • Students are introduced to sound for media through analysis and examination of aesthetics, production technology and fundamental production techniques for on-location sound recordings.
  • Course code: Sound Recording – MEDA 13431
  • Total Hours 42 Credits 3.0
  • Sec 1: Monday 6 – 9pm. Sec 2: Tuesday 6 – 9pm. Sec 3: Thursday 11am – 2pm. Sec 4: Thursday 6 – 9pm.
  • One of the instructor’s goals with the “Intro to Audio” course, outside of teaching the basics in recording audio, is to help the student’s creative effort and their ability to actively think “outside of the box”. Boosting the student’s creative level beyond the recording’s technology and to teach the students to NOT rely on the technology to raise their creative thinking is the basic element behind this theory. By teaching this theory it could help the students to not be scared of the unknown and embrace the mystery behind their future recording projects. Looking at the student’s basic recording tools as a plus instead of a negative is a big part of this process, also called the “Less is More” theory.

Detailed Description

Students are introduced to sound for media through analysis and examination of aesthetics, production technology and fundamental production techniques. In the audio concepts component, students study rudimentary physics, philosophies and perceptions of sound as they apply to successful audio production; develop basic listening skills and vocabulary essential to ultimately producing sound for picture, and are introduced to the key roles in the sound production environment of collaborative creativity. In the audio technology and techniques component, students develop the fundamental skills necessary for recording aesthetically pleasing and technically proficient location recordings, learning the design and application of various microphones and how they interface with contemporary digital sound recorders, cameras and digital audio workstations. In-class listening sessions, case studies, production tasks, lectures, demonstrations and group discussions form the basis of this course delivery.

Program Context

This is a first semester course in the Bachelor of Film and Television Degree. Introductory soundtrack analysis and audio production techniques provide the groundwork for future, more complex, creative work in subsequent courses.

Program: Bachelor of Film and Television

Coordinator: Stephen B.

Course Critical Performance & Learning Outcomes

Critical Performance

By the end of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to choose appropriate technology and techniques to record high-quality location sound and manipulate it through editing, processing and mixing within a digital audio workstation.

Learning Outcomes

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Generate technically high-quality location and TV studio recordings.
  2. Solve practical problems with respect to microphone placement utilizing knowledge of microphone design.
  3. Apply a knowledge of basic physics to the production of sound recordings.
  4. Critique existing works of sound and music production using sonic vocabulary.
  5. Produce well-rounded and accurately timed audio-only documentary or news stories.
  6. Utilize a Digital Audio Workstation to synthesize various sound production elements into a conceptual whole.
  7. Plan and assess the effectiveness of a production strategy for a mid- to long-form audio drama or documentary.
  8. Collaborate in a production team environment.
  9. Translate a script and pre-production plan into a mid- to long-form audio drama or documentary.
  10. Exhibit professional behaviour by adhering to provincial law, established film industry standards, and Sheridan College’s Occupational Health and Safety Policy.
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