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Sound Recording

May 29, 2018 — June 26, 2018

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

Instructor: Pam Minty

Location: Classes & Admin Offices


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. In one session, software developer Paul Kovitz will demo and discuss the advanced features of the Sound Devices MixPre-3.



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 (Sound Devices 702, Zoom H4N)

Field mixer operation (Sound Devices MixPre3)

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


Prerequisites: None

Tuition includes access to needed audio equipment and the Film Center Edit Lab. The purchase of an external hard drive is highly recommended for storage of sound files.

Guest Paul Kovitz is a software developer for Sound Devices, LLC, where he has helped design software for the MixPre audio devices. Over the past 25 years he has developed software and hardware for audio test and measurement, sound reinforcement systems, and consumer electronics. He has a Ph.D. in acoustics .