The objective of this program is to provide participants with an understanding of the theory, measurement and design of sound.
CAAT 201 Applied Acoustics Using EASEI | 42 hrs
The course covers an overview of acoustical wave properties, measurement systems, psychoacoustics, basics of architectural acoustics and room modeling, in addition to an introduction to electro-acoustical sound system design (speakers, and clusters). EASE and the accompanying modules (Reflex, SoundFlow, SpeakerLab) are introduced throughout and used as tools to model room and speaker interaction, in addition to the design, simulation, and visualization of acoustical properties. Acoustical properties such as frequency response, acoustical levels and distribution, reverberation times, and indices (sound transmission, clarity, etc.) are also presented and explained. Ray tracing and AURA are introduced, in addition to auralisation concepts.
CAAT 202 Electro-acoustics and Sound System Design | 42 hrs
The course covers various types of electroacoustical devices (dynamic, condenser, ribbon, and piezo microphones, near field and far field monitors, etc.) with applications for TV, broadcast, live sound reinforcement systems, and studio recording. Microphone preamps and speaker amplifiers are explained as part of the audio signal chain, in addition to audio mixers. Applications include voice and instruments miking techniques, monitoring considerations and placement in a room, in addition to live sound reinforcement system tuning. By the end of the course, trainees will be able to properly choose microphones for specific applications, understand the types of speakers, enclosures, and placements, in addition to the operation of audio systems for TV, broadcast, live, and studio applications.
CAAT 203 Audio Production for Multimedia-I | 42 hrs
The course covers digital audio technology and standards, with hands-on experience on how to acquire, record, process, and reproduce audio signals. Industry standard ProTools is used as the main digital audio production console (mixer) in order to record audio files, edit, and process using various digital audio signal processors (DSP). Audio DSP plug-ins are presented such as gates and background noise suppressors, EQ, filters, compressors, and reverbs in addition to digital editing tools. Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is also explained with basic applications using Reason modules and samples for sound generation and synthesis. By the end of the course, trainees will be familiar with the process and tools needed for industry standard audio deliverables. They will also be ready to tackle more advance topics in Part II for the course.
CAAT 204 Audio Production for Multimedia-II | 42 hrs
The course covers digital audio production techniques, such as design of soundscapes, production of musical performances, art of audio digital signal processing, mixing techniques, soundtrack design for movies and commercials, and finally mastering. ProTools is used as the main digital audio production console (mixer) in order to record audio files, edit, and process using various digital audio signal processors (DSP). Specific applications of EQ, filters, limiters, gates, compression, artificial reverberations and delays for studio recording and live performance situations are explained. DSP automation techniques are also explained. Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) is used with advanced applications using Reason modules and samplers for sound generation and synthesis. By the end of the course, trainees will be able to produce industry standard audio deliverables for various multimedia purposes.
This program consists of these four courses to be completed in two years.