Sound Recording

April 20, 2017 — May 18, 2017

Thursdays | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | 5 Sessions

Instructor: Pam Minty

Location: Classes & Admin Offices

Prerequisites: None


Introduction to basic audio recording both in the field and in controlled environments. Use professional sound gear to record sound effects, scripted dialogue, and interviews. Get it right in the field to avoid costly post production repairs. Learn set protocols for working with camera and lighting personnel effectively. The basics of sound editing will also be introduced. Weekly hands-on demonstrations in class include mics, mixers, recorders, and accessories for field recording. Students will complete short recording assignments between classes including recording sound effects, voiceover narration, interview, dialogue, and foley.



Overview of microphone types and uses, from lavaliers to shotguns

Single versus dual system recording

Basics of recording dialogue, interviews, narration, and effects

Audio recorder operation (Marantz PMD-660, Sound Devices 702, Zoom H4N)

Field mixer operation (Sound Devices MixPre and 302)

Protocols of a recording session

Setting up and conducting a recording session, step by step

Optimizing the home environment for recording

Basic sound editing using Final Cut Pro X (adjusting levels, working with multiple tracks, syncing with picture, basic sound effects)

Get Instructor coaching and feedback on practice sessions and assignments


Tuition includes access to needed audio equipment and the Film Center Edit Lab.


*A personal external hard drive is highly recommended for storage of sound files. For recommendations, please call the Equipment Room staff at 503-221-1156 xt. 30.