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Faculty of Design, Media & Management

Module Scheme Semester Both


Module Name:

Principles of Audio Technology

Module Code:

AP401

Tutor(s):

Natanya Ford

Tutors Email:

Nford01@bucks.ac.uk

Academic Year:

Tutors
Telephone:

2015/2016

4387

Learning Outcomes:
Understand the principles of acoustics, psychoacoustics and sound theory
Understand key technological developments and their impact on production practices
Successfully identify and evaluate fundamental attributes of sound

Assessment Summary:
Assessment Task

Key Dates

Task 1: Creating complex sounds from sine waves


(Practical)

Submission/Exam date: w/c 12/10/2015

Task 2: Auditory Perception (Essay)

Submission/Exam date: w/c 09/11/2015

Feedback due:
Feedback due:

Task 3: Microphone Presentation (Presentation)

w/c 14/12/2015

Submission/Exam date: w/c 22/02/2016


Feedback due:

Task 6: Recreating the Acoustics of Different Spaces


(Practical)

w/c 07/12/2015

Submission/Exam date: w/c 30/11/2015


Feedback due:

Task 5: Dynamic Compression (Essay)

w/c 30/11/2015

Submission/Exam date: w/c 16/11/2015


Feedback due:

Task 4: Loudspeaker Presentation (Presentation)

w/c 02/11/2015

w/c 14/03/2016

Submission/Exam date: w/c 02/05/2016


Feedback due:

w/c 23/05/2016

Week by Week Guide:


Week 1:
beginning
28/09/2015

LECTURE: Introduction to the Module Programme


WORKSHOP: Introduction to the Continual Workbook Assessment

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Week 2:
beginning
05/10/2015
Week 3:
beginning
12/10/2015
Week 4:
beginning
19/10/2015
Week 5:
beginning
26/10/2015
Week 6:
beginning
02/11/2015
Week 7:
beginning
09/11/2015
Week 8:
beginning
16/11/2015
Week 9:
beginning
23/11/2015

LECTURE: Introduction to Sound Theory What is Sound?


WORKSHOP: Pitch and Timbre + TASK1: Creating complex sounds from sine waves (start)

Week 10:
beginning
30/11/2015
Week 11:
beginning
07/12/2015
Week 12:
beginning
14/12/2015

TASK4 PRESENTATIONS: Loudspeaker characteristics


E-SUBMISSION OF TASK4 PRESENTATIONS

LECTURE: Introduction to Hearing: Part I: The ear & critical bands


WORKSHOP: Critical bands, auditory non-linearities
+ Assessment & e-submission of TASK1
LECTURE: Introduction to Hearing: Part II: Loudness
WORKSHOP: Loudness + TASK2: Auditory Perception (start)
LECTURE: The Microphone: How microphones work, mic types and polar patterns
WORKSHOP: TASK3: Microphone Characteristics (start)
Continue TASK2: Auditory Perception & TASK3: Microphone Characteristics
GLW
E-SUBMISSION OF TASK2 ESSAY
TASK3 PRESENTATIONS: Microphone characteristics
E-SUBMISSION OF TASK3 PRESENTATIONS
LECTURE: Introduction to basic loudspeaker principles and technology
WORKSHOP: TASK4: Characteristics of loudspeakers (start)

LECTURE: From Analogue to Digital A brief introduction to digital audio


WORKSHOP: Bit Depth: The good, the bad and the nasty.
LECTURE: Data Compression
WORKSHOP: Comparing PCM to Encoded audio
CHRISTMAS VACATION

Week 16:
beginning
11/01/2016
Week 17:
beginning
18/01/2016
Week 18:
beginning
25/01/2016
Week 19:
beginning
01/02/2016
Week 20:
beginning
08/02/2016
Week 21:
beginning
15/02/2016
Week 22:
beginning
22/02/2016

Assessment Period
Examinations
Assessment Period
Examinations
LECTURE: Introduction to critical listening: What is Technical Ear Training?
WORKSHOP: Frequencies, band limitations & colouration
LECTURE: Evaluating Spectral Sound Quality: Spectral Balance & EQ
WORKSHOP: EQ identification exercise
LECTURE: Dynamic Processors & Effects
WORKSHOP: Recognising Dynamic Processing + TASK5: Dynamic Compression (start)
GLW
LECTURE: Editing, Distortion & Noise
WORKSHOP: Recognising the audible artefacts of editing
E-SUBMISSION OF TASK5 ESSAY
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Week 23:
beginning
29/02/2016
Week 24:
beginning
07/03/2016

LECTURE: Room acoustics 101: Intro to acoustics & environmental spatial attributes
(reflections, reverb, spaciousness and envelopment)
WORKSHOP: Defining & depicting acoustic space
LECTURE: Spatial attributes of sources
(localisation, binaural hearing, distance and depth perception, ASW)
WORKSHOP: Spatial attributes and binaural hearing

Week 25:
beginning
14/03/2016

LECTURE: From 2.0 5.1 and beyond. Technologies for recording and reproducing space.
WORKSHOP: Researching new technologies for 3D audio
EASTER VACATION

Week 29:
11/04/2016

LECTURE: Ear Training Revision of everything weve covered!


WORKSHOP: Critical Listening Quiz (with prizes!)

Week 30:
beginning
18/04/2016
Week 31:
beginning
25/04/2016
Week 32:
beginning
02/05/2016
Week 33:
Beginning
09/05/2016
Week 34:
Beginning
16/05/2015
Week 35:
Beginning
23/05/2016
Week 36:
Beginning
30/05/2016

LECTURE: Introduction to the basics of sound design


WORKSHOP: TASK6 Recreating the acoustics of different spaces
WORKSHOP: Creating sound effects
TASK6: Recreating the acoustics of different spaces
TASK6 Assessment Presentations & E-submission
(Bank Holiday 02 May)
Module Feedback
Assessment Period
Examinations
Assessment Period
Examinations
Assessment Period
Examinations
May)

(Bank Holiday 30

Core Text(s):
Corey, J. Audio Production and Critical Listening:Technical Ear Training. Oxford (2010) Focal Press
Howard, D.M., & Angus, J. Acoustics & Psychoacoustics 3rd Ed (2006) Focal Press
Rumsey F. and McCormick T. Sound and Recording: An Introduction, 7thed (2014) Focal Press
Additional Reading:
Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (http://www.aes.org/journal/)
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (http://acousticalsociety.org)
www.soundonsound.com

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