CSUN - Audio Technology Certificate Program

Course Description

Each course lasts six weeks and is held on Saturdays. Please call for schedule.

Basics of Analog and Digital Audio Systems

This course will explore the passive and active components utilized in audio systems. Starting with a review of mathematics concepts, students will learn the characteristics of AC and DC circuits. The operation of passive components, transistors, and tubes will be explored and applied to single and interconnected groups of audio circuits. The student will learn the circuitry and techniques used to process and control audio. Large audio facilities will be described and analyzed as systems.

Signal Processing Devices

This course will explore the functional modules from which an audio system is assembled. Students will learn the operational characteristics, circuitry, and applications of microphones, equalizers, dynamic processors, console building blocks, monitor systems, and special effects devices.

Recording Devices

This course introduces the characteristics, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of recording devices. Magnetic tape and disk-recording technology will be explored in detail, with an emphasis on the underlying principles embodied in magnetic heads, recording media, and transports. Students will learn routine alignment techniques and troubleshooting skills. The control and synchronization of recording devices will be studied and demonstrated.

Computer-Based Audio Devices

This course will explore the rapidly expanding array of audio devices which contain one or more computers as fundamental components. Following an introduction to the basic architecture and functions of a computer, the course will explore audio devices which use general purpose and highly specialized processors to meet specific needs. Interface requirements for the computer to communicate with human operators and other audio devices and systems will be investigated.

Test and Measuring Techniques

This course will explore test and measurement techniques from two divergent viewpoints. Presentations on each topic will first study ways to solve problems quickly and with a minimum of tools and instruments, and then explore more sophisticated, highly instrumented procedures in-depth. Students will learn strategies and techniques used to quickly diagnoses problems.

Troubleshooting and Repair Techniques

This course will summarize all of the technology presented in the program by applying the technology to solve problems commonly experienced in studios. Detailed methods to identify and isolate problems by comparison, substitution, and analysis will be studied. Repair methods and skills will be combined with identification, procurement, and substitution guidelines. The participant will learn to avoid repair situations through the application of preventive maintenance techniques. A central theme will be applying people skills, including studio etiquette, client relations, and time management to minimize the impact of technical problems.