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BTEC Level 2 Unit 4: Digital Audio Production

Rob Miller | Sunday July 26, 2015

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, Key Concepts, Production, Hot Entries, Production Zone, Audio Production

Introduction

Sound/audio is really, really exciting - and interesting!

A lot of students who develop practical work for media courses forget about sound - poor pick up, unwanted background noise, alternating sound levels (when you don’t want there to be). Now is your chance to show them how.

Music is important across all media sectors from radio drama, soundtracks for film and televison, sound for a computer game, web site effects to obviously music production.

Even just selecting the right microphone can make all the difference. Have a look at the following jobs in the digital audio sector and you can see where your skills could take you:

  • Audio Engineer (Video Games Production) - creating the soundtrack/sound effects for a game, character voices, spoken instructions and ambient effects.
  • Boom Operator/Boom Swinger - controlling the long boom arm to achieve a quality sound recording. A great early job to get involved in the audio media sector.
  • TV Sound Assistant - studio based or on location assisting in recording best quality sound.
  • Sound Designer - overall creative management of sound and post production.
  • Sound Recordist - again recording sound on location or in a studio.
  • Sound Engineer - engineering the music of a performing artist or band.

Check out a more in depth breakdown of these at Creative Skillset.

There are also loads of interesting BTEC Diploma Level 3 (the next level up from this course) and university courses in Digital Music and Sound. For example Brighton University offers a degree in Digital Music and Sound Arts that only requires you to get a DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a BTEC L3 Media qualification.

Digital Sound Recording - What Is It?

Sound is picked up and stored as audio files e.g. MP3s (as a series of binary numbers) and transmitted by a range of media - think about how easy it is to record audio on your phone. Digital recordings are considered higher quality than the old analogue. Sound...


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