This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to record sound and supervise sound recording operations.

It applies to individuals who work as part of a production team to record sound in a range of environments, including recording studios, live performances, broadcast studios and film/sound archives.

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: - develop a sound recording plan that clearly specifies all requirements; - set up recording equipment, conduct sound checks and make adjustments as required; - implement recording plan as part of a collaborative team; - produce a final sound recording and related documentation according to production requirements.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - describe the information normally found in production documentation; - explain the principles of microphone operation and the techniques used in sound recording; - list and describe commonly used sound equipment, accessories and consumables; - explain the issues and challenges that typically arise when making sound recordings, and how to address them; - outline the work health and safety (WHS) principles relevant to sound recording.

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