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The following resources come from the 2009/10 B.Sc in Media Technology and Digital Broadcast (course number 2ELE0073) from the University of Hertfordshire. All the mini projects are designed as level two modules of the undergraduate programmes. The objectives of this module are to demonstrate within a digital broadcast environment: • an understanding of audio requirements for digital editing. • an awareness of technical constraints for content management and creation. • the creation of multitrack sound sequences. Students will be provided with a library of audio samples captured from a range of sources from which they must select and edit into several short duration, professional quality, multitrack sound sequences. The project provides students with an awareness of current audio standards and also the need to appraise the technical content of source material. The project also introduces the use of contemporary digital authoring tools and processes.

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  • 1. Mini Project Digital Audio EditingAuthor: University of Hertfordshire Date created: Date revised: 2009 Abstract The following resources come from the 2009/10 B.Sc in Media Technology and Digital Broadcast (course number 2ELE0073) from the University of Hertfordshire. All the mini projects are designed as level two modules of the undergraduate programmes.The objectives of this module are to demonstrate within a digital broadcast environment: an understanding of audio requirements for digital editing. an awareness of technical constraints for content management and creation. the creation of multitrack sound sequences.Students will be provided with a library of audio samples captured from a range of sources from which they must select and edit into several short duration, professional quality, multitrack sound sequences. The project provides students with an awareness of current audio standards and also the need to appraise the technical content of source material. The project also introduces the use of contemporary digital authoring tools and processes. Contents............................................................................................................................................................... 1 Mini Project Digital Audio Editing.......................................................................................................... 1 Section 1. Project Introduction.................................................................................................................... 2 Section 2. Project Day 1 Brief: Digital Soundscape.................................................................................... 5 Section 3. Project Day 2 Brief: Audio Commentary................................................................................... 7 Credits.......................................................................................................................................................... 8In addition to the resources found below there are supporting documents which should be used in combination with this resource. Please see: Mini Projects - Introductory presentation. Mini Projects - E-Log. Mini Projects - Staff & Student Guide. Mini Projects - Standard Grading Criteria. Mini Projects - Reflection. University of Hertfordshire 2009 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License.

2. Mini Project- Digital Audio Editing Section 1. Project Introduction 1. Learning Outcomes assessed (as taken from the DMD) All Learning Outcomes specified in the Definitive Module Documentation are assessed as part of this miniproject, the specific Learning Outcomes are: Knowledge and Understanding Be able to analyse and breakdown problem tasks into manageable steps. Integrate previous and concurrent learning and to use it to solve technology-based problems. Be able to describe the project life-cycle appropriately. Be able to select appropriate Media and Broadcast Technology and techniques for a given situation. Skills and Attributes Produce a solution to a defined Media and Broadcast Technology problem. Carry out a simple critical evaluation of their solution. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a teams, small groups and individually. Demonstrate an ability to manage time and resources effectively. 2. Project Title: Digital Audio Editing 3. Project Objectives: (technical, specific to this project) Demonstrate within a digital broadcast environment: an understanding of audio requirements for digital editing. an awareness of technical constraints for content management and creation. the creation of multitrack sound sequences. 4. Project Summary: (50 words max) Students will be provided with a library of audio samples captured from a range of sources from which they must select and edit into several short duration, professional quality, multitrack sound sequences. The project provides students with an awareness of current audio standards and also the need to appraise the technical content of source material. The project also introduces the use of contemporary digital authoring tools and processes. 5. Introductory Lecture (2hrs) Content: Introduction to digital audio. Use of digital audio editing tools (Adobe Audition and Soundbooth). Content management strategies. Technical standards for content creation. Audio Studio techniques. 6. Preparation Session (3hrs): i. An introduction to digital audio editing using a dedicated set of Classroom-in-a-book tutorials for Adobe Audition and Soundbooth. ii. Defining technical parameters for source capture.iii. Content Appraisal. 7. Day 1Page 2 of 8 3. Mini Project- Digital Audio Editing Expected Outcomes for the day: Students working individually must create a 5.1 surround-sound sequence for a specified range of target delivery platforms (e.g. web, cd, etc). A briefing pack which contains instructions and supporting soundscape narrative will be provided at the start of the day. An intermediate goal for day 1 is the creation of a stereo soundscape sequence.Assessment criteria; the way in which the work has been planned and managed, the selection and placement of audio clips within the soundscape described by the given narrative, the technical parameters considered and the compression strategies used for the target delivery platforms.Key Tasks: Project Planning; developing an appropriate strategy to meet a specific set of technical requirements. Content Capture; selection of appropriate audio samples. Audio Editing techniques, mixing and effects, stereo imaging, 5.1 surround sound. Technical Appraisal; processing of source material (parameter settings), compression strategies. 8. Day 2Expected Outcomes for the day: Students working in small groups must plan & record a spoken commentary, with supporting background music and effects, for a short video clip. The fully edited clip is intended for distribution via a digital broadcast application (e.g. ipTV). A briefing pack which contains instructions, the clip and supporting narrative will be provided at the start of the day. The clip itself will comprise an edited-down video track along with original-length audio tracks that must be edited to fit the shorter video clip. An intermediate goal for day 2 will be; cleaning up a musical track (e.g. removing unwanted artefacts; pops, crackles, voices).Assessment criteria; the way in which the work has been managed, the editing of the audio tracks and addition of a commentary track (team working in the sound booth), the technical parameters considered when cleaning up a music track (individual work) and the compression strategies used for the target delivery platform.Key Tasks: Project Planning; developing an appropriate strategy to meet a specific set of technical requirements. Compilation of content; students working in groups and individually to create the required range of audio source materials. Audio Editing techniques, Dolby digital, advanced effects. Technical Appraisal; processing of source material (selection and parameter settings), compression strategies.9. Facilitator guidance (key ideas to draw out from students):Day 1: Digital Audio standards, mixing, editing, technical appraisal of content for stereo & surround sound. Day 2: Editing audio-visual content, coordination of team effort, processing sound (individual working). 10. Required Resources: Laboratory Facilities and Teaching Support.Laboratory Resources: 1. PC Workstations with analogue and digital capture facilities, audio editing using Adobe Audition andSoundbooth. 2. Access to our dedicated media server which will contain libraries of both audio and video clips. 3. headphones. 4. wall mounted 5.1 surround sound system.Teaching Resources: 5. Preparatory Session; classroom-in-a-book tutorial exercises with supporting audio samples. 6. Day 1; briefing pack containing instructions for the day with source materials. Page 3 of 8 4. Mini Project- Digital Audio Editing 7. Day 2; briefing pack for the day; additional source materials, team allocations for group work. Page 4 of 8 5. Mini Project- Digital Audio Editing Section 2. Project Day 1 Brief: Digital Soundscape You must work individually to create a 5.1 surround-soundscape which provides an audio back-drop for an acoustic journey. An intermediate goal for day 1 is the creation of a stereo soundscape of this journey. The completed soundscape must be optimised for a specified range of delivery platforms. The resulting soundscape could be incorporated into an audio visual sequence. You may not, under any circumstances, use just one pre-existing audio source file or soundtrack. It is required that you to assemble a variety of sound sources to produce the final work. Key Tasks Project Planning; developing an appropriate strategy to meet a specific set of requirements. Content Capture; selection of appropriate audio samples. Audio Editing techniques, mixing and effects, stereo imaging, 5.1 surround sound. Technical Appraisal; processing of source material (selection and parameter settings), compressionstrategies used. Tools and Resources The software package you are to use for this assignment is Adobe Audition. An extensive audio clip library is available with the installed software but you may also use open-source material from the web. All your audio project files must be backed up regularly to your own USB memory stick/on-line storage area. Be professional and make backups of all your work as you go. Do not simply assume the equipment is going to work 100% all day, it never does! Day 1 Assessment criteria All the work you submit must be produced by you working alone within the timetabled six hours for Day 1. For assessment you are required to;1. Complete an e-log and submit this on-line by 18.00.2. Complete the Digital Soundscape Map (handed out with this Brief) and hand it in at 18.00.3. Post your stereo file on-line by 15.00.4. Post your 5.1