What is sound and audio? How can we measure it? Why do we perceive it the way we do? Learn the nature and science of musical sound, audio and perception in this pro-level audio course by sound engineer, Joe Albano.
This first course in our Audio Concepts series, is all about the basics of sound and audio. It touches on all the concepts and terminology that audio pros need to know as they dive into into typical, everyday studio activities. This includes the physical properties of sound waves: Amplitude, Frequency and Waveshape which are the elements of sound that are creatively manipulated in recording and mixing.
It also covers sound measurements and demystifies the terminology and acronyms you see in plug-in graphs and mixers, like Hz, kHz, dB and dBfs, that help us find just the right settings for particular tasks. There's even a section on how our human hearing works. This is the basis for understanding the psychoacoustic perceptions that underpin many classic studio techniques and effects. Then there's a very brief but serious look at hearing protection which is a very important but often overlooked topic.
So if your looking for a truly deep "sound education", tune into this course and the four other courses in our Audio Concepts series!
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Tom wrote on January 23, 2021
This is a superb "deep digging" in the sometimes complex subject of audio. I should say extremely well explained from basics to advanced level (at least for me). I felt a need to pause, take notes and skip back many times to make sure I fully grasp these very important concepts. I'll surely come back to this course to recap in the future. Cannot express enough how grateful I am for you making these invaluable tutorials.
Rick Church wrote on June 26, 2020
I have a pretty solid background in much of the information presented here, yet still found a tidbit here and there that was either new or gave me a different perspective than I had previously had. Material is presented extremely well with excellent graphics and clear explanations of the concepts being covered. Thanks so much for the fantastic course!!
Mike wrote on June 2, 2020
Really good informative course. Explains some very technical stuff in a way that even a complete philistine like me can understand.
Jerry Halonen wrote on November 30, 2018
Very interesting course. Learned a lot.
Rucaneando wrote on June 29, 2018
Extremely complete video course. Covers all concepts very clearly!
The graphic examples and animations are so great!
Alyssa wrote on January 23, 2018
I enjoyed learning the scientific specificity of sound waves and everything. But I feel like its really crammed into short videos and/or needs to be broken down into simpler explanations.
Cecil wrote on January 22, 2018
This guy is the best , very knowledgable. Made everything clear and simple.
Robert wrote on October 26, 2017
Everything starts with fundamentals, the basics and there is no better guide than the mighty Joe Albano to help you reap the metaphorical seeds of what you sow. The course is densely laden with information and the almost academic instructing style is highly conducive to maximum comprehension and learning. This course is absolutely vital and should be reviewed regularly.
cosmkcomik wrote on September 24, 2017
Joe Albano does a great job of explaining complex issues that all musicians and studio engineers should lean in a very simple way. Very engaging and easy to understand.
Brad Nutcher wrote on February 26, 2017
Good basic place to start. I already have a audio engineering degree but still enjoyed the class. Also the last chapter on saving your ears is a must read.