BFA 2: Fundamentals of Sound 1 Welcome to the Fundamentals of Sound 1 course page

The Fundamentals of Sound 1 course is taught in Semester A to teach students basic skills in Stage Technology, Lighting and Sound to support them when working as crew on APA productions. The course is taught in the EDT Bethanie Annex campus and is taught on Monday mornings.

Fundamentals of Sound 1 course information
TITLE : Fundamentals of Sound 1
COURSE CODE : TEDTB2003
PROGRAMME & YEAR : BFA in TEA Year 2
MODE OF DELIVERY : Mixed
DURATION : 1 semester
CREDITS : 2
CREDIT ALLOCATION TYPE (CAT) : 3
CONTACT HOURS (A) (Class time) : 28 (2 hours per week)
STUDENT WORK HOURS (B) (Homework) : 56 (4 hours per week)
EXPECTED STUDY LOAD HOURS (A) + (B) : 84 (12 hours per week)
REQUISITES : TEDT 0102 Intro to Entertainment Design and Technology
QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK LEVEL : 3
Course Description

This course provides the student with fundamental technical knowledge and skills in the area of live sound. It introduces analogue and digital audio equipment and systems used within a live performance context and the necessary skills to operate the equipment and sound cues for live performances. It also introduces the role of the Production Engineer and the skills required to manage a sound crew for a production fit-up and strike.

Students will have an understanding of the fundamentals of analogue and digital sound systems and operations.

Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of digital audio theories and an understanding of the application of those theories, contexts and frameworks;
2 Demonstrate basic knowledge and comprehension of the operation of digital audio consoles and connection into a sound system;
3 Demonstrate basic knowledge and comprehension of the operation of wired and wireless microphones and their connection into a sound system;
4 Comprehend and employ specialist operational and managerial skills and be capable of adapting them to the requirements of the situation;
5 Communicate effectively and in an appropriate manner ensuring the giving and receiving of precise information.
Intro to EDT: Course Timetable
Week Date Morning Class (09:00 to 13:00) Teacher Venue Afternoon Class (14:00 to 18:00) Teacher Venue
Week 1 2nd Sept. Fund. of Sound 1: An Introduction to Microphones Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of LX 1 Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 2 9th Sept. Fund. of Sound 2: Signal processors Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of ST 1 German Bethanie Tech Lab
Week 3 16th Sept. Fund. of ST 2 **19:00 to 23:00 German Studio Theatre Fund. of LX 2 Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 4 23rd Sept. Fund. of Sound 3: Large Analogue PA Systems Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of LX 3 Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 5 30th Sept. Fund. of ST 3 German Bethanie Tech Lab EDT Case Studies: LX Topics 1 Psyche Bethanie LX Lab
Week 6 7th Oct. EDT Case Studies: SD Topics 1 Chris Bethanie SD Lab EDT Case Studies: ST Topics 1 German Bethanie Tech Lab
Week 7 14th Oct. No Class Public Holiday No Class Public Holiday
Week 7 15th Oct. **[18:00-21:00] Fund of Lx (Electrical topics 3.1-3.4) Hugo T461
Week 8 21st Oct. Fund. of Sound 4: Sound production engineering Chris Bethanie SD Lab
Week 8 22nd Oct. **[18:00-21:00] Fund of Lx (Electrical topics 3.5-3.7) Hugo T461
Week 9 28th Oct. Fund. of ST 4 German Bethanie Tech Lab EDT Case Studies: LX Topics 2 Psyche Bethanie LX Lab
Week 9 29th Oct. **[18:00-21:00] Fund of Lx (Electrical topics 3.8-Quiz) Hugo T461
Week 10 4th Nov. Fund. of Sound 5: Digital Sound Theory Chris Bethanie SD Lab
Week 11 12th Nov. Production Week 1
Week 12 19th Nov. Production Week 2
Week 13 25th Nov. EDT Case Studies: SD Topics 2 Chris Bethanie SD Lab EDT Case Studies: ST Topics 2 German Bethanie Tech Lab
Week 14 2nd Dec. Fund. of ST 5. Networking KMK Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of LX 6 Leo Bethanie LX Lab
Week 15 9th Dec. Fund. of Sound 6: Digital Mixing Consoles Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of ST 6. Networking KMK Bethanie SD Lab
Week 15 12th Dec. Fund. of ST 7. Networking KMK Bethanie SD Lab
Week 15 13th Dec. Fund. of ST Supplimentary. Networking KMK Bethanie SD Lab
Week 16 16th Dec. Fund. of Sound 7: Wireless microphones Chris Bethanie SD Lab Fund. of LX 7 Leo Bethanie LX Lab

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Class 1: An Introduction to Microphones

This class will focus on three basic areas of microphones:

  • Dynamic microphones and how they work
  • Condenser microphones and how they work
  • Polar Responses and how to make use of them

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of different microphone types, their construction and operation
  • Experience of setting mixer levels for a vocal microphone
  • Knowledge & experience of basic microphone technique for voice recording
  • Basic critical listening skills to assess the quality of a voice recording

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Class 2: Signal Processors

This class will focus on four types of effects processor:

  • Compressors
  • Noise Gates
  • Reverb
  • Multi-effect Processors

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of theory and operation of signal processing devices
  • Experience of connecting into a mixer
  • Knowledge & experience of basic usage techniques for various effects processors
  • Basic critical listening skills to assess the quality of a use of an effects processor

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Class 3: Large Analogue PA Systems

This class will focus on Large Analogue PA Systems:

  • System design and connections
  • Gain structure
  • Fold back and monitoring
  • Metering

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of the requirements and components of a large analogue PA System
  • Knowledge of the needs of the users and audience from a sound system
  • Knowledge and experience of the connections and system gain structure
  • Basic critical listening skills to assess the quality of a sound sysytem

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Class 4: Sound production engineering

This class will focus on Sound production engineering:

  • Role of the Production Engineer
  • System planning
  • System budgeting
  • Running a sound setup and strike

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of different microphone types, their construction and operation
  • Experience of setting mixer levels for a vocal microphone
  • Knowledge & Experience of basic microphone technique for voice recording
  • Basic critical listening skills to assess the quality of a voice recording

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Class 5: Digital Sound Theory

This class will focus on Digital Sound Theory:

  • Sampling & the Nyquist Frequency
  • Quantization
  • PCM and Compressed Data Formats

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of different microphone types, their construction and operation
  • Experience of setting mixer levels for a vocal microphone
  • Knowledge & Experience of basic microphone technique for voice recording
  • Basic critical listening skills to assess the quality of a voice recording

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Class 6: Digital Mixing Consoles

This class will focus on Digital Mixing Consoles:

  • Digital Console concepts
  • System setup
  • Show operations

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • Knowledge & Experience of setting up the Yamaha LS9 Digital sound console
  • Experience of connection and setting mixer levels for a vocal microphone and line level source
  • Knowledge & Experience of storing scene memories, using the virtual rack and creating custom fader layers
  • Knowledge and ability to present the Advantages and Disadvantages of Digital Mixing Consoles in Theatre Production

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Class 7: Wireless microphones

This class will focus on the setup and operation of Wireless microphones:

  • Operational systems
  • Fitting
  • Show operations

From this class students should gain a knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of different microphone types, their construction and operation
  • Experience of setting mixer levels for a vocal microphone
  • Knowledge & Experience of basic microphone technique for voice recording
  • Basic critical listening skills to assess the quality of a voice recording

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Course Assessment

Assessment for any course is a measure of how well a student has learnt and understood the learning outcomes of the course. There are three assignments for the Fundamentals of Sound 1 course. The assignment briefs can be downloaded from the links below.

Intro to EDT: Course Timetable
Assignment Presentation or Submission Date Description Weighting
1: Production Engineering 25th Nov. Requires the student to prepare the Production Engineer’s paperwork for a theoretical live music performance in the Lyric Theatre in HKAPA. Drawing on information from the case studies examined in class, technical information available for the Lyric Theatre and the student’s own investigations, the student is required to prepare Audio Equipment Requirements, Audio System Schematic, Required crew numbers and Schedule for the audio crew. Additionally a short written report must be submitted detailing the reasons behind the details in the paperwork and any considerations regarding other teams working onstage, such as lighting and stage tech crews. 25%
2: Digital Mixer Operations TBC Requires the student to work in with small group of classmates to setup a PA system with a digital mixer, microphones, playback sources and outboard processing, and use the system to operate sound cues. Additionally the group will prepare a presentation on either the advantages or the disadvantages of using digital mixing consoles in theatrical productions. Which presentation the group has to undertake will be decided in class. 20%
3: Wireless Microphones & Digital Show Operations TBC This final assignment is designed to test the students practical knowledge acquired over this course. It requires the student to work in with small group of classmates to setup a PA system with a digital mixer, wired and wireless microphones, digital playback sources and outboard processing, and to use the system to carry out a simulated theatrical sound operation. 35%

Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Assignment 3

Self Assessment

Syllabus

The course syllabus can be downloaded from the link below.

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