Short Title:Audio Design & Production
Full Title:Audio Design & Production
Module Code:AUDO H2003
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:BRIAN HANNA
Module Description:This second year module is designed to augment the practical and theoretical radio skills acquired in module RDPR H1008, Radio Production, with the emphasis on general audio design skills for use in not only radio but also the application of audio in other media. Designed specifically to integrate with the student’s experience of video and multimedia production as encountered on the course, the aim is for the student to understand the importance of good audio practice and utilise the concomitant concepts and practical skills in all further audio work. It also provides a good foundation for the concepts and skills presented in the third year module RDPR H3003, Audio Production.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Master basic audio post-production techniques
LO2 Utilise the process and practice of producing original audio recordings to a high level of technical competence
LO3 Demonstrate understanding of copyright as applied to audio-based media, and both source and create copyright-free music for use in production soundtracks
LO4 Select, create and place processor FX and SFX ideally with respect to designed audio
LO5 Digitally multitrack and process audio and MIDI to a high level of competency
LO6 Plan, design and produce audio for soundtrack use
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Audio Principles
Fundamental Audio principles (wave theory, frequency response and dynamic range; sampling parameters) and their utilisation in modern audio technology.
Recording procedures - studio based, location optimisation.
Digital Audio
Digital audio formats and production tools (for example DAWs and filetypes); audio file format advantages, disadvantages and format conversion; editing and mixing in a DAW environment.
Basic music theory, editing and application in media production.
Designing Audio
Planning and creation of integral and necessary audio at each phase of production to achieve design briefs. Soundstage dubbing; vocal tracks, sound effects sourcing, creation (Foley) and effective utilisation.
Basic MIDI theory; software-based implementation and production.
Effects processing, equalisation (graphic and parametric), stereo imaging and emplacement.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment SFX Narrative – editing and mixing of pre-recorded SFX to create an effective designed narrative to a high level of technical competency. 1,4,5 25.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment Music Edit – editing selected music to create an effective and thematically appropriate Intro and Outro theme with Advertisement Sting to suit a selected genre of television programming. 5,6 25.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment Ringtone – utilisation of software MIDI programs to create an original 16 bar composition incorporating at least percussion, bass and melody lines, musical progression and definite time signature and tempo. 2,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment ADR – using all the tools, techniques and competencies acquired in the module to design, script and create an effective, appropriate and technically proficient original soundtrack to a selected Quicktime clip such as a game or animation trailer. 1,2,3,4,5,6 30.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer/Lab Students will attend in-class lectures, lecturer-led demonstrations, practical workshops and practice sessions, tutorials, seminars and critique sessions. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time The student will study recommended reading or other media as directed, and practice technical competencies as acquired during class time. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Ethan Winer, 2012, The Audio Expert, Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240821009]
Recommended Book Resources
  • David Miles Huber, Robert E. Runstein, Modern recording techniques, 7 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240810690]
  • Daniel J. Levitin 2006, This is your brain on music, Dutton New York, N.Y. [ISBN: 0525949690]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources