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Audio Techniques II

Course Code: STGE 2411
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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
  2. Role and responsibilities of the sound designer including script analysis, play chart, sound plot, design meetings, and levels sessions.
  3. 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

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.

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.

course prerequisites

STGE 2311

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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