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!
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.
LXOR wrote on September 20, 2016
This is an information packed course covering the absolute basics of sound. My only complaint is that the author/narrator is a bit too monotone.
Emiliano wrote on March 14, 2016
This course was everything that I look for in a course. It was very well organized and structured, and the concepts explored were very clearly explained with excellent examples.There was no filler; it was concise and to the point. Mr. Albano's courses should be required viewing for anyone interested in audio engineering or music production. He has a real aptitude for teaching.
Mike Henebry wrote on February 21, 2016
Excellent course! Very professionally done! It is not one of those courses that wastes a lot of your time by the teacher not being well-prepared. Here the monologue is direct, logical, and thoroughly understandable. The time is used efficiently. There are also many very helpful audio and visual aids and examples along the way. It's hard to imagine it being done any better!
Vaan wrote on January 22, 2016
Great Course, very useful, really well explained. The example are very clear and help a lot to understand the concepts. Very nice, great job!
Jim Wilkinson wrote on July 6, 2015
It was a great course, I've been recording, mixing, and some mastering since 2002 have read a few books about it all so I knew some of the things talked about, but it was really cool catching up, and learning some new tools about the trade. Thanks for putting it so well.