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TheAudioMasterclassMusicProductionandSoundEngineeringCourse MODULE01:ANALOGANDDIGITALAUDIO Thepurposeofthismoduleistohelpyouachievethefoundationknowledgeofsound, soundproofing,acoustics,analogueelectronicsanddigitalaudio.Itsalottocoverinonemodule, butitisessential.Ifyoudontknowhowsoundbehavesinair,thenitshardtoknowhowto positionamicrophone.Ifyoudonthaveatleastacertainfeelingforwhathappensinelectronic circuits,thenhowcanyousetthecontrolsofamicrophonepreamplifier? IwillsayhoweverthatAudioElectronicsistheonesubjectthatisthemostchallengingformany people.Butthelevelofdifficultyinthismoduleisnotsevere.Ifyoufindyourselfstrugglingwiththe equations,thentrytomakesurethatyouknowwhatthequantitiesarevolts,amperes,ohms, watts,joulesetc.Andwhatthecomponentsdoresistors,capacitors,inductors,transformers, transistorsetc. Thepracticalassignmentprojectofthismoduleismainlydiagnostic.Youneedtoknowforyourself veryclearlywhereyourexistingskilllevellies.Allyouarerequiredtodoistomakearecordingof speechthatisclean,clearandcrisptheimportantThreeCsofsoundengineering.

.Havingsaid that,theassignmentnotesarecomprehensiveandgiveclearindicationsofwherethepotential problemareaslie.Ifyoucanmakesurethatyourworkdisplaysnoneoftheproblemsindicated,and isclean,clearandcrisp,thenyourworkisalmostboundtobeofprofessionalstandard. Theaudioexamplematerialinthismoduleconcentratesonmanyofthepotentialproblemsinaudio frequencyresponse,noise,distortion,clipping,interferenceetc.,bothintheanalogueanddigital domains.Goodsoundengineeringislargelyaboutattentiontodetailandgettingeventhesmallest componentsexactlyright.Theaudioexampleswillshowyouclearlywhereproblemscanoccur,and whattheysoundlike. Ifthistakeslongerthanthenormalweeklyschedule,dontworry.Itisbettertodoeverythingtothe bestofyourabilityratherthanrush,evenintheslightest. InModule2wewilllookatthatvitallyimportantcomponentofthesignalchainthemicrophone. Module2includesdynamicmics,capacitormics,tubeandvintagemics,allinintensedetail,with audioexamples.Also,howtoselectandusemicrophonestogetprofessionalresults. Goodluck! DavidMellor CourseDirector,AudioMasterclass

AudioMasterclassMusicProductionandSoundEngineeringCourseModule01Introduction