Brief summary of activityThis is a practical activity to introduce participants to sound engineering skills.
Aim of the activityTo be able to perform the basic tasks of a technician in a broadcasting studio
Expected OutcomesAt the end of the activity, learners will know:
The basic skills of a technician
Basic technical work involved in broadcasting
experience and skills requiredA sound engineer should work with the participants in an one to one basis.
infrastructure, setting, resourcesAn accessible studio.
Facilities for editing
Length1 hour per participant.
MaterialsCDs or mp3 player, recordings for editing.
How the activity should take placeThe participants will describe something (e.g. an early morning situation) without words just using audio material (e.g. soundscapes, other material sources like CDs, internet pools etc.) and the advanced tools for cutting and editing. The goal is to become familiar with the technical tools of editing hardware and software. The results will be listened to, evaluated and discussed by the instructor and the participants. During the feedback round the parameters of sound work should also be profiled.
The participants will practise using a mixing console, different players and microphones. This will involve becoming familiar with level meters, various controls and regulators on a mixing console, fades, mixing tunes, and finding the right ratio between them.
The participants will practise for half an hour without a break the basic technical skills required for working in a broadcasting studio (e.g. radiomixing songs, learning the correct order of a technician's priorities etc.). A feedback round and an evaluation will follow.
Recommended max. number of participants and trainees to trainers ratio1 to 1
Risk and possible adaptationJust keep in mind that Vision Impaired/blind participants and trainees with learning difficulties might require longer training sessions.
Analysis and evaluationDo participants understand
The basic skills of a technician?
Basic technical work involved in broadcasting?