Digital Audio


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The student completing the Digital Audio Program will demonstrate a mastery level of 85% or better on the following knowledge and practices:

  • Understanding of acoustics and the wave properties and physics characteristics of sound,
  • Audio production workflow
  • Level matching,
  • Impedance matching,
  • Grounding and signal isolation,
  • Device-internal signal routing,
  • Device-external signal routing,
  • Minimizing noise,
  • Use of buses,
  • Use of inserts and sends,
  • Output levels,
  • Panning,
  • Proper use of frequency spectrum,
  • Microphone mechanism designs and their attributes,
  • Microphone placement for recording, specific to subject characteristics,
  • Balanced line characteristics and uses,
  • Equalization and its proper application as a signal processor,
  • Compression types, characteristics, and uses,
  • Time-based signal processing such as reverb, delay, phase, flange,
  • Harmonic signal processing and its uses for sound alteration and restoration,
  • Audio restoration techniques,
  • Audio mixing techniques,
  • Competent use of leading Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs),
  • Audio mastering techniques,
  • Professional output formats and standards,
  • The aesthetics of audio,
  • The business of audio production,
  • Interacting with clients,
  • Interacting with talent,
  • Distribution and promotion.

Mastery will be assessed by the absence of audible flaws in portfolio pieces as to the above-included competencies, and by final exam scores reflecting a 'B' grade or better as to Signal Flow topics as outlined above.



The UVU Digital Audio Degree is a powerful gateway into the fascinating world of album recording and mixing, location and post-production sound for film and video, audio restoration and forensics, live sound, radio production, gaming, and audio hardware and software design. Students will use industry-leading equipment including Neve/Euphonix, AVID Pro Tools, Universal Audio, Waves, Tube Tech, AKG, and many others. By graduation, each student will have produced and engineered numerous music, ADR, Foley, and sound effects sessions, including professional-level mixes, and will have their choice of many other areas of audio expertise, and will be professional employment-ready.


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