Audio Ins and Outs
Introduction to Audio Ins And Outs
Welcome, and thanks for your interest in the CAVI Audio Ins and Outs course! If you are enrolled in any of the modules, you can find the links to your wiki content below. If you aren't but would like to take it, read on.
We now have some advanced audio courses you can find them here:
Audio resources for current students
About the audio Courses
!!What is This Course about? This course will teach all the fundamental aspects of audio in a manner easily understood by those who are blind or vision impaired. By the end of the course, regardless of initial skill level and your particular area of interest, , you will be able to get the best possible audio quality out of what is available to you in the most efficient way, without extravagant spending on equipment or software. The aim of the course is to ensure that, whether completely new to the world of audio or an old hand, you will take away valuable new skills and knowledge you can start implementing in projects right away. Like all of our courses, it is offered entirely via the internet so you can reap the benefits from the comfort of your own home.
What is Covered?
The course is divided into three modules so you can tailor it to suit your particular needs. Each module will have its own wiki page with written notes and there will be assignments so that you can practice what you've learned and track your progress. The emphasis for all three modules can be changed to coincide as closely as possible with prevailing student interests.
Module 1: Audio Essentials
This module is vital for anyone starting out in audio, but may also appeal to those wishing to expand their knowledge of audio theory and available hardware. It's aim is to improve your knowledge and practices so that you see the most professional sounding results in the shortest possible time. On completing this module, you will have learned:
In order to proceed to either or both of the two remaining modules, you must either take this module or demonstrate an understanding of most of the concepts described above via a short placement test that will be administered on sign-up.
Students will then have the opportunity to attend a class on the different types of effects that can be applied to audio, regardless of the modules they choose. This class will briefly describe and demonstrate the most popular types of effects audio producers use e.g. compression, equalization, delay, reverb etc. the final two modules will be run concurrently.
Module 2: Single-track Editing
Single-track editors are vital to sound designers, podcasters, journalists and field recordists. They can even be used to produce simple mixes. This module will plum the depths of what can be achieved with a single-track editor as never before in a CAVI course. We will be using Goldwave, though, since many of the concepts to be taught are transferable, you are welcome to use your editor of choice if you prefer, though bear in mind that instructors will not be able to provide the same degree of support for software not explicitly covered in the course. On completing this module, you will have learned:
All this work will culminate in a final project, in which each student will have the chance to present a piece of work produced using a single-track editor.
Module 3: Reaping with Osara
Reaper is an extremely powerful and versatile multi-track digital audio workstation, which, thanks to an accessibility extension called osara, is ideal for blind and vision impaired audio producers in all fields. Recent developments in Osara mean that even more features have become accessible as this module will demonstrate. On completing this module you will have learned
All this work will culminate in a final project, in which each student will have the chance to present a piece of work produced using a multi-track editor.
What will not be covered?
This course is designed to give those new to the world of audio a firm grounding in concepts. As a result, methods of audio editing specific to various products will not be taught by staff. Our focus will primarily be targeted toward working with Goldwave and Reaper. For example, concerning compression: We will discuss its meaning, show examples of it in popular media, explain and demonstrate the hazzards of overcompression, break down compressor settings like attack/release, threshhold, makeup gain and so forth, and show how to apply a compressor in Reaper and Gold Wave for demonstrative purposes. We will not show how to add compression to a track in ProTools/Sonar/Sound Forge, or tell you what specific compressor or compressor settings you should use for your track in class. If you wish to follow along with our instructors, use the software our instructors use. This includes Gold Wave and Reaper. If not, the documentation provided by the program you choose should be sufficient.
Are students allowed to collaborate?
You may collaborate on projects using dropbox or similar cloud services to allow concurrent work on projects. You may not collaborate with others outside of class (unless the extent of that collaboration is the outside indevidual providing them material for you to work on and collaborators are still expected to complete their own assignments.
All of this stuff is so confusing! Help!
There are several current and former students who have experience with multiple editing packages and situations. These gracious volunteers often host workshops after lectures, and are also available to answer questions on our audio discuss mailing list. As time goes on and more students add to the information contained in the CUCAT wiki, it will become an invaluable resource for instructions on these topics.
Searching the internet and reading forum posts is another way to obtain specific information you may need; keep in mind that our community's specific expertise is in accessibility issues. If you are struggling with a general audio issue, no doubt many before you have done so as well and have documented their experiences on the web. Finally, you can of course contact your instructors at any time durring the course to discuss any issues you may have.
When is it?
Semesters begin in February and August of the current year. Exact times are to be confirmed and may be influenced by a sufficient number of students living in a particular time zone.
What if I can't make class times?
It is of course strongly preferred that students attend classes so that they can ask questions as topics come up. However, lectures are downloadable so that you can access the material at a convenient time and instructors will be available to help you catch up.
What do I need to know?
No previous audio editing experience is required to excel in this course. You do need access to a computer running Windows, broadband internet connection, a headset, and a sound card or sound interface you can use for projects
What do I need to have?
Students undertaking the course should have the following available to them:
What digital audio workstation (DAW) should I use?
In order to edit audio, you will need an audio editor. There are several available at several price-points, Pick one corresponding with the single and multitrack branch of the course , but feel free to experiment with any number of solutions. The programs explicitly taught and supported by the course are below:
that comes in 32 or 64-bit. An evaluation copy is available and the standard non-commercial user license is $65. If you get Reaper at week 7 the 60-day trial will allow you to finish the course without making a purchase. We however highly recommend getting a reaper license though we leave it up to you to discover how cool reaper is yourself whilst taking the course. We prefer that you use the 32-bit version for maximum plug-in compatibility with 32-bit dx plugins and the like. In this course we will be using Reaper 5.2 or later with Osara.
You will need Goldwave 5.70 as 6.x does not have the accessability support of older versions yet. A lot of it works under NVDA if you are Simon or patient and willing to experiment.
I don't use Windows :(
to a windows PC, you will either need to use a windows virtual machine/Parallels, or accept that your experience will be more difficult. This is especially true given that all of the software our instructors use is on windows. Thus mac users will be responsible for their own documentation and troubleshooting.
The price of the course depends on the modules you take.
These prices include:
These prices do not include the price of associated audio hardware and software you may wish to purchase such as a microphone or audio editor. No refunds will be provided except in special circumstances such as medical or other emergency situations. the fee must be paid up front, i.e. before a module commences. If, however, your particular circumstances make this difficult, contact us and we'll see what we can work out.
Reserving Your Place!
Head on over to the application form, at http://www.ciscovision.org. Complete it, and email it to caviinfo at ciscovision dot org.
My question isn't answered here!
Please send any further questions to caviinfo at ciscovision dot org. Thank you again for your interest!
For the old audio fundamentals course, please go to the Student area to access your exclusive notes and audio.