Course: Sound Recording and Editing for Artists & Filmmakers


Tutor:  Gavin Fort

Employing a mix of practical exercises and critical reflection, this introductory weekend course provides an overview of fundamental techniques for recording and editing voice, location and foley sounds for film and art installations using industry standard software and popular, high quality microphones and portable recording devices, including recording direct to camera. Over two days you will cover; the properties of sound, microphone selection and placement, gain structure, effective planning, boom operation, noise limiting and reduction, sound editing, sound dynamics, sound processing and spatial effects, and editing sound to picture. Computer experience is required.

Day 1

Microphone Selection – why and when to use, applications, characteristics, limitations, microphone type – Dynamic, Condenser, Lavalier, Shotgun, Boundary, Stereo, Binaural, Polar Patterns – Omni, Cardoid, Attenuated and others, practical microphone placement and technique, critical distance, proximity effect, shielding, simple acoustic treatments, filtering, lavalier microphone – positioning, preventing distortion & rustles, booming – positioning, preventing microphone bumps and stereo Mics – phase issues.

Day 2

Editing techniques (fades, looping), building a mix, basic sound processing, noise reduction and dynamics (channel strips, EQ and compression), insert effects (modulation, filtering, distortion), send effects (delay, reverb), automation (of volume, panning etc), bussing (sending signals to multiple fx), mastering effects (limiting) and exporting and file types.

Cost: £155.00

Date And Time: 14 & 15 Mar 2020, Saturday & Sunday, 11am—5pm

Location: Stills, 23 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1BP.

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