Pro Audio Specialist Course




This module is designed for self study by anyone interested in obtaining basic knowledge in Pro Audio theory. This is the basic theory that is used in audio recording/production and live sound mixing (sound reinforcement). It was designed using feedback from employers in the music and recording industry and teaches the theory understanding needed to gain entry-level employment in this industry. After thoroughly studying this module, request your final examination and theory certification by the Recording Institute Of Detroit.

The lesson format has activities such as reading, study assignments, listening to audio demos, viewing video clips and testing to gain and verify your knowledge. The lessons are arranged in the best sequence for learning.

Most users can complete the study of this module in 21 hours including suggested review time before completing the module’s final examination.  Completing this module with a passing grade is required for all Recording Institute of Detroit campus students and qualifies the user for “prior training” credit at the institute.

Ten subjects employers want you to know to start you in the field in 61 short lessons
• Sound, Audio & Microphones • Patching/Interconnection
• Mixers & Consoles Sound Reinforcement
• Dynamics Processing • Recording
• Equalization • MIDI
• Effects • Computer Recording
Module 1 Directions on the Course
  How to Use this Course
Module 2 Sound, Audio & Microphones
Lesson 1 Sound
Lesson 2 The Microphone & Audio Signal
Lesson 3 Microphone Types
Lesson 4 Choosing Microphone Types
Lesson 5 Microphone Pickup Patterns
Lesson 6 Frequency & Wavelength
Lesson 7 Proximity Effect
Lesson 8 Wireless Microphones
Lesson 9 Dialogue Recording
Lesson 10 Direct Pickups
  Sound, Audio, and Microphones Review Quiz
Module 3 Mixers & Consoles
Lesson 1 Microphone Preamplifiers
Lesson 2 Clipping and Input Overload
Lesson 3 Input Pads & Microphone Gain Controls
Lesson 4 The Functions of the Console
Lesson 5 Routing & Bussing
Lesson 6 Stereo and Mixdown Routing
Lesson 7 Solo and Listening Circuits
  Mixers and Consoles Review Quiz
Module 4 Dynamics Processing
Lesson 1 Types Of Dynamic Processing
Lesson 2 The Decibel
Lesson 3 Dynamics Processing Controls
Lesson 4 Equal Loudness
  Dynamics Processing Review Quiz
Module 5 Equalization
Lesson 1 Harmonic Frequencies
Lesson 2 Equalization
Lesson 3 Parametric Equalizers
Lesson 4 Graphic Equalizers
Lesson 5 Key Equalization Frequencies
  Equalization Review Quiz
Module 6 Effects
Lesson 1 Direct Sound & Reverberation
Lesson 2 Auxiliary Sends & Returns
Lesson 3 More on Sends
Lesson 4 Delay Effects
Lesson 5 The Comb Filter
Lesson 6 Avoiding Comb Filters in Recording
Lesson 7 Comb Filter Effects
  Effects Processing Review Quiz
Module 7 Patching/Interconnection
Lesson 1 Connecting Effects Processors
Lesson 2 Shielding Lesson
Lesson 3 To Shield or Not To Shield
  Patching/Interconnection Review Quiz
Module 8 Sound Reinforcement
Lesson 1 Loudspeakers & Crossovers
Lesson 2 Biamplification and Triamplification
Lesson 3 Drivers and Horns
Lesson 4 Speaker Polarity
Lesson 5 Speaker Enclosures
Lesson 6 Feedback Control
  Sound Reinforcement Review Quiz
Module 9 Recording
Lesson 1 Types of Recorders
Lesson 2 A Quick History of Tape Recording
Lesson 3 Hard Disk Digital Recorders
Lesson 4 Analog Recording Distortion
Lesson 5 Noise in Recording
Lesson 6 Controlling Recorded Noise
Lesson 7 Frequency Limits of Digital Recording
  Recording Review Quiz
Module 10 MIDI
Lesson 1 Introduction to MIDI
Lesson 2 MIDI Programming
Lesson 3 MIDI Sequencing Methods
Lesson 4 30 Years of Sequencer Programs
Lesson 5 Two Sequencer Programs
Lesson 6 Synchronization
  MIDI Review Quiz
Module 11 Computer Recording
Lesson 1 Introduction to Computer Recording
Lesson 2 The Ins and Outs of Computer Recording
Lesson 3 Computer Based Recording Basics
Lesson 4 Types of Channels/Tracks
Lesson 5 Introduction to Mastering
Lesson 6 Dedicated Editing & Mastering Programs
  Computer Recording Review Quiz