Welcome to the online home of COMM 406 Audio Production. On this page you will find the latest updates and information for class as well as some instructional posts. Please check this blog regularly to make sure you are up to speed with our class schedule. I will be updating this blog frequently. Please let me know if you would like to add something audio related that your fellow classmates might be interested in reading about too. Attending class is absolutely imperative to your success in this course. I will be taking roll at random times throughout the semester. Be in class and no worries.
Final Grades are now posted!
I really enjoyed having all of you in class this semester!
*** FINAL PROJECT due on Dec. 7 by 5 PM
*** FINAL EXAM will be on Dec. 10 at 7 AM
Here’s the Final Project which is due Dec. 7 by 5PM
Here is the Final Exam Study Guide
As we progress through the semester, we will be taking a look at many resources. Here are a few …
- Which Mic Should I Use? Ask an NPR Engineer
- You Made Good Radio, Now Make Good Internet
- Recording a phone interview
- Here’s a good video on Peak Normalization, Compression, and Hard Limiting
- Build a Home Studio handbook
- How to Properly Monitor Audio
- Dunkirk Article
- Natural Sound to the Rescue
- NPR Tool Kit
- Recording Sound Effects on a Budget
- Creative Field Recording
- Field recording on a budget
- Interviews with Field Recordists
- More Sound Foley
- The Reel Story of What Happened to Tape
- Location Scout Checklist
Some Pertinent Podcasts and Radio Content
- APM Audio Documentaries
- This American Life
- Serial (season one and season three)
- Ways of Hearing
- The best podcasts of 2018 ?! New Yorker says theseBest of 2017?
Helpful Music Resource Links
- Here’s the syllabus
- Project 1A Getting to Know the Field Gear
- Project 1B Getting to Know the Audio Labs
- Project 2
- Project #3.
- Project 4 was due on Nov. 7
- Project 5 was due on Nov. 28*** (extra credit if you turn it on Nov. 26 by 7am)
- Lecture on The Production Process.
- Lecture on Microphones
- Lecture on Sound and Hearing
- Lecture on Sound Effects
- Lecture on Acoustics
Sharing Files In The Cloud
Cloud storage is typically used in this business for sharing files. If you aren’t using a cloud storage service, what are you waiting for? There are a good number of services available online, many for free. You can use whichever you prefer. Not sure where to get started? Here are a couple of options…
Please sign up for a SoundCloud account. We will be publishing our best work here to learn more about networking and making social connections to fellow creatives and prospective clients.
Dropbox has been around for a long time and is one of the more popular services. You can start with 2GB of free space! My company currently uses Dropbox, and once you get the hang of how it works, it’s pretty great. Maybe you just want to send a large file, but not sign up for a service. WeTransfer may be exactly what you are looking for. Hightail is another option, and that is the service I typically use to send out station dubs. Another cloud service to definitely look into is Google Drive. It includes free storage for all your files, Google Docs, and much more. Amazon Drive is another service you might want to utilize.
Here are some additional notes about this course
- Sign up for the ESC Weekly Update for latest news on internships, scholarships and advising.
- Need information about the ESC laptop requirement? Here you go.
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