Studio Equipment 2
FEKT-BPC-VS2Acad. year: 2020/2021
Audio effects for changing the height, strength and duration of a signal and the combined effects, techniques of mixing, sound formats, sound reinforcement issues, practical work with digital audio workstations, hard-disc recorders, technical terminology in English, the deficiencies of audio materials, and artificial reverberation.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will be able to:
- describe the principle effects of varying height, length and strength of a signal,
- describe mixing techniques,
- name generally used audio formats and describe them,
- apply their knowledge in sound reinforcement,
- describe digital audio workstations and hard-disc recorders,
- characterize the most common deficiencies of recorded material and its editing,
- describe the principles of optimal use of reverberation devices.
The knowledge of basic concepts of musical acoustics, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, and musical instruments tuning is required as well as musical intervals, scales and modes, chords and basic harmonic connections, timbres, capabilities and limitations of musical instruments and the influence of room acoustics on the interpretation of music.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
FORRÓ, D. Počítače a hudba. Praha: Grada Publishing, spol. s r. o.. 320 s. ISBN 80-85623-57-9. (CS)
JIRÁSEK, O. Kytara a počítač. Praha: Nakladatelství Computer Press, a.s., 2006. 296 s. ISBN 80-251084-3-0. (CS)
FORRÓ, D. Domácí nahrávací studio. Praha: Grada Publishing, spol. s r. o.. 248 s. ISBN 80-7169-231-X. (CS)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
- Lectures consist of an explanation of basic principles complemented by direct demonstration of studio equipment, examples of practical work with these technologies, and audio samples.
- Exercises support practical acquiring of themes presented at lectures in form of practical work with active participation of students.
Participation at lectures is recommended. Participation at other ways of instruction is checked.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Evaluation of study results follows Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and Dean's Regulation to the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Credit is given for creating of multitrack recording and processing of its mix. Up to 100 points is given for the final oral examination and it is necessary to get at least 50 points for its successful completion. The exam is aimed at knowledge of EA studio equipment according to syllabus of subjects Studio Equipment 1 and 2.
Language of instruction
1. Audio effects changing the height and length of a signal.
2. Audio effects changing signal strength and combined effects
3. Microphone techniques - from XY to Decca Tree
4. Mixing techniques
5. Audio formats
6. Shortcomings of sound material.
7. Fundamentals of musical psychoacoustics and its magnitudes
8. Text poetics: metrics and prosody
9. Recording wooden and brass instruments, incorporating them into a mix
10.-11. Recording string instruments, incorporating them into mix
12.-13. Recording and mixing of larger bodies - symphony orchestra, big band etc.
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the audio effects for changing the height, strength and duration of a signal and combined effects, techniques of mixing, sound formats, sound reinforcement issues, practical work with digital audio workstations, hard-disc recorders, technical terminology in English, the deficiencies of audio materials, and artificial reverberation.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
To obtain the credit it is necessary to complete at least 10 exercises during semester. Other forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.