Audio Production

Course Description: 

This course teaches the basics of audio production in theory and practice, and its relationship to other aspects of media production. Students will learn to employ audio as a creative tool for documentary or fictional storytelling, podcasting, and artistic concepts like installations and other sound art. Class sessions combine lectures on relevant concepts, listening and analysis of sound examples, technical instruction on CEU’s equipment, hands-on exercises, and critique of class projects and audio productions at each stage of completion.  Outside of class students complete the final project, a 3-10 minute audio production (soundscape, podcast, sound art), and prior to that three shorter projects: a) audio interviews, b) podcasting and c) audio post-production. In these assignments, they develop specific production skills including recording, mixing, and sound design which they need to complete the final project.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Obtain an understanding of and be able to use the basic vocabulary of audio production and its concepts. 

  • Understand the foundational concepts of sound theory. 

  • Acquire a basic understanding of audio production equipment. 

  • Understand audio workflows, practices and standards. 

  • Design a variety of effective audio productions. 

  • Apply aesthetic concepts of sound design and mixing to support a deliberate concept and vision. 

  • Successfully record, edit and mix inside a studio environment as well as outside (interview, field recording, etc.) 

  • Identify major modes of audio productions and critique their use. 


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