The term 1 starts with the concepts of audio theory. It’s the basic, but even if you have previous experiences and education in Sound, just…it’s not enough.
In this first wide part every aspect is focused on the real-world entertainment industry and that’s the current goal for the school in the whole learning process. The first step it’s about Acoustics, Psychoacoustics and Architectural Acoustics.
You learn concepts of physics of sound like SPL, dynamic range, signal addition, phase, frequency response, complex spectra, Fourier transform, beating and noise, just to mention a few.
The main elements of psychoacoustics are also explored, including the physiology of the ear and the human perception of sound. This part ends with some notions of architectural acoustics, such as impulse response, acoustic transmission and RT60.
In addiction to all this theory the following step is about microphones. That’s a very important topic to learn because it makes up the basics of most sound design work! The whole microphones theory and all kind of devices (and their characteristics) are analyzed in depth. You have the chance to deal with many awesome mics at VFS and then after you have the opportunity, not just in the class time, to compare different microphones making your first recordings!
The Gain Structure and Signal Flow course is certainly one of the most important subjects during term 1. It’s your first fully practical class. You learn how the audio signal is sent through several equipments. You will have a solid knowledge on the signal routing, how the signal is split, duplicated and filtered. You analyze the mixing board gain structure, auxiliary sends, busses, groups and patch-bay.
For your final Signal Flow test you’ll be asked to patch different recording, machines and analog rooms located around the sound design campus, sending your audio signal back and forward from your control room.
It’s a bunch of information but you need to get used to this kind of learning method because a lot of new stuff are coming really soon!
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