Short Title:Digital Audio Post Production
Full Title:Digital Audio Post Production
Module Code:AUDO H4002
Credits: 7
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:BRIAN HANNA
Module Description:This module aims to further consolidate students’ practical experience and theoretical knowledge of digital audio post production and its application across a range of media platforms.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Be competent in Advanced Digital Audio Post-Production Techniques.
LO2 Demonstrate proficiency in producing and working with complex multitrack DAW mix sessions.
LO3 Practically demonstrate understanding of the operation and usage of Audio Dynamics Technology.
LO4 Utilise frequency modulation and processing procedures.
LO5 Be able to produce to a professional standard audio for multiple platforms; radio, video, web-based and multimedia applications.
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) %
Recording Environments
Recording Environment, acoustic signature and signal manipulation, frequency response, modulation and reconfiguring for post-production recreation of alternative acoustic signatures and environment simulation.
Post-Production Editing and Mixing Techniques.
Audio Post-Production Techniques utilising analogue, digital and analogue/digital combinations Multi-bus routing, theory and application in studio post-production environments; Non-Linear Audio recording, editing, mixing and multitracking.
Post-production Processing.
Post-Production Techniques; graphic and parametric equalisation; 3D spatialisation and surround sound modes; FX processing, reverberation; specific frequency modulation in plate, hall, chamber, chorus, phase FX; flange, pitch, detune, delay; echo, modulation, enhancers, vocal processing; MIDI sample manipulation techniques and practices; Foley recording and production.
Dynamics Processing.
Audio Dynamics; sound envelope, dynamic range and attributes, expansion, gating, compression, ducking, limiting; analogue and digital Audio Dynamics technologies and creative applications in recording and Post-Production; Mastering techniques.
The importance of custom sfx, design principles and the practice of Foley production, creation and utilisation in creative audio productions and soundtracks for visual media and game applications.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Personal Production Assignment. The student is required to prepare and produce an original, personally chosen audio production, the exact nature and length of which must be agreed individually with the lecturer. While engaging skills and competencies acquired in the audio modules, it represents a chance for the student to begin to exercise their specialist interests within the course content and to develop individual production styles. 1,2 30.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment Comic Adaptation. The student is required with a group to script and post-produce one episode of a radio serial adaptation of a serialised comic, and in a separate production group to prepare, record, source, produce and post-produce either all dialogue, SFX (incorporating Foley), music or location FX according to their specialisation interests. All scripts and notes must also be submitted with this large scale project which must be produced in accordance with industry-level professional practices and standards at all stages. 1,2,4,5 40.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment Audioscape. The student is required to produce an original short creative audio composition to evoke and explore rather than tell or narrate an individually-chosen theme that must provoke an emotional response. It may incorporate any form of audio or set of production techniques acquired during the module, clearly displaying a conceptual and technical rigour and exhibiting a definite progression from the introduction of the theme to exploration of at least two aspects, and a definite conclusion. All notes, running orders or scripts must be included upon submission with an explanatory document detailing all due accreditation of included audio and the creative process undergone. 1,2,3,4,5 30.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

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. 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Independent Learning Time The student will study recommended reading or other media as directed, and practise technical competencies as acquired during class time. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Ethan Winer 2017, The Audio Expert, 2 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780415788847]
  • David Miles Huber, Robert E. Runstein 2017, Modern Recording Techniques, 9 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9781138954373]
  • Vanessa Theme Ament 2014, The Foley Grail, 2 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780415840859]
  • Agnieszka Roginska, Paul Geluso 2017, Immersive Sound, 1 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9781138900004]
  • Roey Izhaki 2017, Mixing Audio, 3 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9781138859784]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Glen Ballou 2015, Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780415842938]
  • Daniel J. Levitin 2006, This is your brain on music, Dutton New York, N.Y. [ISBN: 0525949690]
  • Bob Katz 2015, Mastering Audio, 3 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240818962]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources