Curriculum Guideline

Audio Techniques II

Effective Date:
Course Code
STGE 2411
Audio Techniques II
Stagecraft & Event Technology
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 12 hrs. per semester Studio: 36 hrs. per semester
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

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

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 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.
    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%


    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