Sound Engineering for Radio.

Course Brief

The aim of our Sound Engineering course is to give the learner a basic understanding of what sound is and how it operates. Specifically the course will look a the frequency spectrum and listen to sounds and were they are on the frequency spectrum. This will give the learners a better understanding of the frequency spectrum.

Course Content

1. File Formats

  • Give the learners an understanding of digital audio.
  • Look at the differences between Wav files, Mp3, stereo and Mono.
  • Make learners aware of the difference between mp3 files.
  • Audio demonstrations of the sound quality difference.

2. Microphones

  • Explain to learner the various types of microphone and what they are used for.
  • Investigate various microphone settings, Polar Patterns and what they are be used for.
  • Make learners aware of things to look out for when using microphones e.g Proximity Effect.
  • This will be both theory based and practical based.
  • Set up the different type of microphones and investigate their characteristics and functionality as discussed previously.

3. Mixing Consoles

  • Understand the signal flow of a mixing desks both Live and Broadcast Desks.
  • Look at all the various sections on the desk including, Mic / Line Switch, Eq Section, Aux Sections
  • Show learners the possible routing signal paths of the mixing desk what different inputs and outputs  



Tommy Conway, Full Tilt Studios, Donegal