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Audio Essentials

One Day Course

Overview

Always wanted to know your mp3s from your WAVs but were afraid to ask?

This course is designed for those who work with audio and have some understanding but need to know more about compression, file-formats and limitations of digital audio files.

The essentials are stripped down and presented in as non-technical a way as possible and audio samples are used throughout the course so you can actually hear the different results.

You need no previous experience to attend this course.

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One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

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From £599 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Introduction

    Audio basics
    • The audio spectrum
    • Audio dynamic range
    • Recording analogue audio
    • Analogue media - LPs and tape

    Converting to digital audio
    • Digitising audio
    • PCM encoding
    • Explanation of sampling rates
    • The Nyquist frequency
    • Aliasing and anti-aliasing
    • Bit depth and dynamic range
    • Dither noise and masking dither noise
    • Examples of different types of sampling
    • Storing PCM Recordings
    • PCM as WAV and AIFF

    Bit-rate compression of digital audio
    • Why do we need to compress?
    • Examples of file formats - mp3, AAF, mp4 etc
    • How compression works
    • Using different software for compression
    • Identifying compression defects and artefacts
    • Streaming compressed files
    • A-B comparison between uncompressed and compressed examples
  • Encoding audio
    • The need for error correction
    • Information carried on the PQ channels

    Dynamic range compression
    • Why compress your dynamic range?
    • Dynamic range compression vs bitrate compression
    • When to apply compression
    • Different examples - different sounds
    • Threshold, ratio and gain - understanding the controls

    Editing audio
    • Simple examples of editing
    • Speech editing
    • Music editing

    Questions and answers
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Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

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We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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