OPERATE AUDIO CONSOLES AND MICROPHONES
Describe the methods for operation of audio consoles and five types of microphones
Given information on the function of audio mixers, characteristics of microphones, the five types of
microphones and their use, and the function of a patch panel.
Demonstrate competency of the task skill and knowledge by responding to the multiple-choice test
covering methods of operation of audio consoles and five types of microphones.
Learning Event 1:
DESCRIBE AUDIO MIXING
Definition of Audio Mixing. Audio mixing is defined as the technical and aesthetic blending of
sound from two or more sound sources. Each sound source is called a channel. In this definition, there
are two key words, "technical" and "aesthetic". The term technical refers to the actual physical
operation and manipulation of equipment and how well it is operated. Aesthetic is used to describe the
listening portion of the mixing process. How well does it sound? Is it pleasing to the ear?
Three Areas of Audio Mixing. The three areas of audio mixing are really an extension of the
definition of audio mixing. The three areas are: sound levels, balance, and operating techniques. The
first two terms, sound levels and balance, have to do more with aesthetics while the last term, operating
techniques, deals with the technical aspects.
a. Sound Levels. A sound level is the amount of sound loudness heard in the medium. Volume
controls on the loudspeakers control sound. Signal levels are found within the equipment in the form of
electrical signals and come from mics, turntables, or recorders, etc. Signal levels are controlled by