This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to select and manage microphones and other audio input sources for productions in the screen, media, entertainment and events industries.

Individuals who apply these skills work autonomously in a team environment as they work to achieve the best possible audio outcomes for performances or shows. They may also be responsible for supervising others.

No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each competency unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of project and work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - set up and test complex microphone plots and other audio input sources for at least two productions or events; - apply in-depth knowledge of microphone technology and product options to work activities; - manage a range of microphone and other audio inputs during technical run-throughs or rehearsals on at least two occasions; - correctly use terminology associated with input source management; - work collaboratively.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain the features of a range of different microphone and the contexts in which they are best used; - explain the acoustic consequences of signal phase problems and when to use phantom power; - provide examples of current trends in microphone development and the availability of products; - provide examples of issues and challenges that typically arise when managing audio input sources, along with solutions to address them; - provide example of issues to consider when preparing microphone plots and input signal failure plans.

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