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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: TON1002 Module Title: AUDIO ENGINEERING
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU1.AUDIOENG
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: FISHER DM Prof (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
Completion of a worksheet based on the dB.
One essay (maximum word count 1,500 words). Submission due by noon on Friday of week 13.
One two-hour written paper.
Module Overview


Module Aims

To introduce you to the theory of professional audio systems engineering.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module you should be able to:
  • define the dB, including all major professional abbreviations of reference levels, e.g. dBu, dBm0
  • explain the need for, and use of, balanced, unbalanced, and co-axial circuits
  • describe the jackfield wiring schemes used in professional and broadcast installations
  • explain the need for modulation systems
  • derive, mathematically, the sideband structure of AM, DSBSC, and FM systems
  • describe the Zenith-GE system of stereo coding
  • list the requirements of a professional analogue tape recorder
  • explain the need for each stage of equalisation in an analogue tape machine
  • describe the action of HF bias
  • describe the alignment procedure for the signal chains of an analogue quarter inch tape machine to IEC or NAB professional standards
  • describe the principles of PCM digital audio
Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Two 2-hour lectures per week in the Autumn Semester/Semester 1.

Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Reading:
Jorgensen, F, 1980: The Complete Handbook of Magnetic Recording (Blue Ridge Summit: TAB)
Connor, F.R, 1982: Modulation (London: Edward Arnold)
Watkinson, J, 2001: The Art of Digital Audio (London: Focal Press)
ITU-R, 1990: ‘Use of the decibel and the neper in telecommunications’ in Rec. 574-3 (Geneva: ITU-R) [volume XIII]
Suggested Reading:

The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (AES)



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