RMIT Sound Design 2011
RMIT Sound Design 2011
Introduction to sound design, What? What? How?
Sound design video lecture: Emotional mapping, sound crafting, musical manipulation. Controlling a scene using sounds and music. Why sound can be an important tool if used well and how it can destroy a scene if used poorly.
This class will introduce the concepts of sound design and sound creation. Why even non sound personnel can benefit from understanding the roll of audio in a media project.
Each student is required to bring an example to class of good sound design. It can be from a game, a film or television scene or from any other form of media that demonstrates a high quality of sound design that has been effectively implemented.
Youtube videos or similar are the easiest way to present to the class, however video clips on hard drive or USB stick are also appropriate.
Note: This is a public presentation. Students will need to present the clip and explain to the class why they believe their clip fulfills the criteria. Being able to present your work or your ideas publically is an important part of working in a creative industry. The presentation is as important as the choice of media.
Media sound analysis
This class will work through various examples of different media and discuss how the sounds effects the viewer, how sound has been created and implemented and how the overall design of the subject media has been approached. Video games, films and television will be discussed and compared. Students are encouraged to be very vocal in their thoughts of the media being presented.
Critical analysis of your own work and of others work is an essential skill. Being able to express why you like or dislike something will greatly improve your own creative work.
Aspects of sound design
This class will discuss the various aspects of sound design and creation.
Location recording, sound editing and manipulation will be discussed. A selection of location recording equipment will also be demonstrated to expose students to the various equipment used in collecting raw sound material. This is in preparation for a practical location recording class in class 6
Basic sound editing techniques
This class will discuss the core sound manipulation techniques used to create new sound effects. There are some simple techniques that provide limitless possibilities in the creation of new sound material. These techniques will be utilized by students this semester in various projects.
Minor Semester Project will be set in this class
Location recording practical class
This class will involve practical use of location recording equipment. The exact location of this class will depend on class size, weather and potential locations will be discussed in class prior to this lesson.
The aim of this class is to allow practical use of recording equipment by students and exposure to the many issues involved with location recording.
Introduction to FMOD
This class will introduce students to the FMOD design tool and explain some of its basic functionality. Students will be required to utilize FMOD for the Major semester assignment.
Major Semester assignment will be set this class.
Practical FMOD session
Students will be required to create a range of sound effects using FMOD in class time. This will allow for questions and assistance in a shared class environment to maximize the spread of knowledge in regards to using FMOD.
Advanced FMOD functionality.
This class will combine both a lecture element and a practical element and discuss more advanced features of working with FMOD
Class 10 Music editing and manipulation
This class will discuss some basic music editing techniques and ways to implement music effectively. This course is too limited to discuss composing techniques, but effective editing of music is a useful skill in audio creation.
Major Project workshop
Class time will be spent working on the major semester assignment. This will allow students time to continue work while having direct access to the teacher for questions or help in resolving issues.
CVs, Resumes, Show reels and how to sell yourself
Being talented in a creative industry is only half the work, being able to sell yourself effectively is essential to finding and maintaining work. This class will present various approaches to creating CVs and showreels and discuss how to approach finding work in various media industries.