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The
Audio
Masterclass
Music
Production
and
Sound
Engineering
Course
 
 MODULE
01:
ANALOG
AND
DIGITAL
AUDIO
 The
purpose
of
this
module
is
to
help
you
achieve
the
foundation
knowledge
of
sound,
 soundproofing,
acoustics

,
analogue
electronics
and
digital
audio.
It’s
a
lot
to
cover
in
one
module,
 but
it
is
essential.
If
you
don’t
know
how
sound
behaves
in
air,
then
it’s
hard
to
know
how
to
 position
a
microphone.
If
you
don’t
have
at
least
a
certain
feeling
for
what
happens
in
electronic
 circuits,
then
how
can
you
set
the
controls
of
a
microphone
preamplifier?
 I
will
say
however
that
Audio
Electronics
is
the
one
subject
that
is
the
most
challenging
for
many
 people.
But
the
level
of
difficulty
in
this
module
is
not
severe.
If
you
find
yourself
struggling
with
the
 equations,
then
try
to
make
sure
that
you
know
what
the
quantities
are
–
volts,
amperes,
ohms,
 watts,
joules
etc.
And
what
the
components
do
–
resistors,
capacitors,
inductors,
transformers,
 transistors
etc.
 The
practical
assignment
project
of
this
module
is
mainly
diagnostic.
You
need
to
know
for
yourself
 very
clearly
where
your
existing
skill
level
lies.
All
you
are
required
to
do
is
to
make
a
recording
of
 speech
that
is
clean,
clear
and
crisp
–
the
important
“Three
C’s”
of
sound
engineering.
Having
said
 that,
the
assignment
notes
are
comprehensive
and
give
clear
indications
of
where
the
potential
 problem
areas
lie.
If
you
can
make
sure
that
your
work
displays
none
of
the
problems
indicated,
and
 is
clean,
clear
and
crisp,
then
your
work
is
almost
bound
to
be
of
professional
standard.

 The
audio
example
material
in
this
module
concentrates
on
many
of
the
potential
problems
in
audio
 –
frequency
response,
noise,
distortion,
clipping,
interference
etc.,
both
in
the
analogue
and
digital
 domains.
Good
sound
engineering
is
largely
about
attention
to
detail
and
getting
even
the
smallest
 components
exactly
right.
The
audio
examples
will
show
you
clearly
where
problems
can
occur,
and
 what
they
sound
like.
 If
this
takes
longer
than
the
normal
weekly
schedule,
don’t
worry.
It
is
better
to
do
everything
to
the
 best
of
your
ability
rather
than
rush,
even
in
the
slightest.
 In
Module
2
we
will
look
at
that
vitally
important
component
of
the
signal
chain
‐
the
microphone.
 Module
2
includes
dynamic
mics,
capacitor
mics,
tube
and
vintage
mics,
all
in
intense
detail,
with
 audio
examples.
Also,
how
to
select
and
use
microphones
to
get
professional
results.
 Good
luck!
 
 David
Mellor
 Course
Director,
Audio
Masterclass


Audio
Masterclass
Music
Production
and
Sound
Engineering
Course
–
Module
01
Introduction