Chapter 7: Audio



After reading this chapter, you should know . . .

  • The role of frequency, amplitude, and pickup patterns as they relate to microphones.
  • How microphones are constructed and where they should be positioned.
  • Characteristics of digital outboard equipment, including servers, computer drives, MP3 devices, CD players, DARs, and DATs.
  • Characteristics of analog recording equipment.
  • The types of cables and connectors and their various uses.
  • The role of a patch bay and router.
  • How to care for cables and connectors.
  • The types of audio consoles.
  • Functions of typical audio consoles related to powering, inputting, shaping, mixing, isolating, outputting, and monitoring.
  • Differences between mic and line feeds.
  • The types of signal processing.
  • The role of faders (including the master fader) and pots.
  • Why audio boards have meters and the functions of VU meters and PPMs.
  • How speakers are used to monitor.
  • How pop filters, the proximity effect, presence, perspective, the inverse square law, phase, and balance relate to effective audio production.


Interactive Blueprint

On Set Exercises

Review Exercises

Audio Review

Student Quiz

Key Terms List