Courses & Units

Foundation Audio FCF110



Subject to enrolment quota

Recommended unit for BMus (Contemporary stream) students


Introduces the essential concepts of audio design as they relate to live and recorded music. Students develop an understanding of signal path, microphone selection and placement, attenuation and gain structure, leads and basic wiring, integrated and component PA systems, crossovers and equalisation, processing and live mixing. Students are also introduced to basic recording principles, analogue and digital techniques, signal routing and processing.


Unit name Foundation Audio
Unit code FCF110
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Arts
Tasmanian College of the Arts
Discipline Music
Coordinator Mr Stewart Long
Teaching staff

Mr Stewart Long

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 27/2/2017 23/3/2017 17/4/2017 2/6/2017
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,207.00 100101

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


Teaching Pattern

2 x 90 mins lecture/workshops weekly (13 wks)


PA Set and Tune (EQ) (20%)

Tutorial Presentaion (20%) Recording Folio (60%)

TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable

Flexible Study Options

Web Supported



Sound Reinforcement Handbook, 2nd edition. Davis and Jones. Yamaha publishing, 1989

RecommendedLive Sound Mixing, 5th edition. Duncan Fry. Roztralia Productions, 2000
Co-op Bookshop links

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