Audio Techniques II

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Course Code
STGE 2411
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will develop a working knowledge of the sound design process for the performing arts. Emphasis will be on developing a sound plot through script analysis and design meetings for an assigned play. Students will also be introduced to multi-track digital and analog recording techniques and live sound reinforcement.
Course Content
  1. Recording techniques
  • Microphone techniques
  • Mixing techniques
  • Dubbing techniques
  • Editing techniques
  • Using pre-recorded and live effects
  • Digital on DAT, Mini-Disc, Triple Dat Software
  • Portable DAT as a field recorder
  • Role and responsibilities of the sound designer including script analysis, play chart, sound plot, design meetings, and levels sessions.
  • Live Reinforcement: Set-up, connection, and running audio equipment
    • Equipment list and Stage Plot for musical and theatrical reinforcement
    • Microphone choice and placement for acoustic and amplified sources
    • Monitor and FOH speaker placement
    • Mixer layout and use for Monitor and FOH control
    • Effects equipment (reverb, echo, delay)
    • Sound check techniques
    Learning Activities

    Students will receive 1 to 1 ½ hours of lecture/demonstration followed by 2 ½ to 3 hours of laboratory per week.

    Means of Assessment
    Recording Assignment x 2 20%
    Playback Assignment 10%
    Sound Design Meetings x 2 20%
    Sound plot 20%
    Sound Design Practicum (equipment set-up, show tapes, Q sheets, Levels session) 30%
    TOTAL  100%


    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, the successful student should be able to:

    1. Learn and demonstrate safe working procedures when using equipment, tools and materials common to sound in the theatre.
    2. Understand multi-track recording using digital software and digital audio tape, and mini-disc players.
    3. Understand the role and responsibilities of the sound designer.
    4. Understand the basic system set-up for sound reinforcement and mixing.
    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students

    A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.

    Example:  Gillette, Michael. Theatrical Design and Production. 3rd ed. Toronto: Mayfield Publishing, 1997




    No corequisite courses.


    No equivalent courses.

    Course Guidelines

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    Course Transfers

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    Institution Transfer Details for STGE 2411
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 2XXX (3)
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (2)
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU THTR 2XXX (3)
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU THTR 2XX (3)
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV THTR 2nd (2)
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV THEA 1XX (2)
    University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit
    Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU THEA 2nd (3)

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2023