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What You Can Expect to Learn While Studying Audio Courses

24 MAY 2013
Career Path : Audio Engineering


The variety of audio courses and programs offered in vocational colleges and universities are aimed at preparing you for a career in TV and film broadcasting, as a DJ, or member of a broadcast team. Apart from the DJ, other job titles in the industry include audio engineers, audio technologists, audio technicians, recording engineers, and sound engineers. The job title and responsibilities depend on the audio engineering program that you undertake, and the level of qualification that you achieve.

A Brief Look at the Curriculum

All professionals in the recording industry work as a team to ensure that artists and producers achieve desired results. Below is a brief look at some of the courses that you will encounter in DJ school.

1. Electronics / Audio Equipment

Electronics is one of the subjects that you should expect to learn. You will familiarize yourself with the wide range of electronic tools and audio equipment that you will be using on a day-to-day basis, once you become an industry professional. Some of the tools include microphones, recording formats, synthesizers, sound software programs, and the range of speakers from bass to treble. Using these tools, you can create and edit professional recordings for film and TV.


2. Music

You are probably aware that sound is different from music – not all sound is music. You will learn about each of these concepts i.e. sound and music, depending on the mix of audio courses that you will study. For instance, DJ school will teach you about the inner workings of various musical instruments, how to remix tracks, as well as, how you can create beat and rhythm by arranging non-musical sounds. On the other hand, audio engineering will enable you to learn how to use sound recordings to make your own musical compositions.


3. Acoustics

Acoustics enables you to understand the physical characteristics of sound, with regard to how it is produced, controlled, transmitted, received, as well as its effects. Elementary physics might have provided an introduction on sound production and transmission. Acoustics will enable you to learn how sound is affected by various surfaces and materials i.e. those that absorb or dampen sound waves and those that bounce off the vibrations. This is important in three ways:

  • It helps you to understand how you can use the shape and size of an environment to channel sound
  • It teaches you how to apply this knowledge to determine speaker positioning and placement
  • It teaches you how the principles of acoustics are used in the design of recording studios, auditoriums, lecture halls, and dancing halls


4. Psycho-acoustics

Audiences perceive sound in unique ways. Therefore, even as you learn how to work with sound and make yourself heard, you must also learn how your audiences will perceive your work. This study is referred to as psychoacoustics. The focus of this subject in audio courses is to teach you about the changes that occur in sound, as a result of pairing different sounds.

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