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Welcome to the SoundChannel Training Library!

This is a collection of college-level e-textbook modules, "How-To" videos, listening examples, audio comparisons, studio tours, and more! The Sound Essential series is a complete collection of e-textbooks that are used in introductory audio production courses in colleges across the country. Over 6,500 students from 111 countries have completed this training in the last year!

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Sound Essentials Series

This series of seven modules are the essential training components for a college level introductory audio production course. They contain audio examples, video demonstrations, quizzes and animations. We recommend that you take them in order as each module builds on the material from the previous module.

Sound Essentials Module 1: Sound and Your Ears

This introductory module explores the mechanics of sound, basic audio terms, the parts of your ear, how you hear, what causes hearing loss, how to protect your ears.

Sound Essentials Module 2: Science of Sound

This module is a comprehensive primer on the science that explains sound. You will learn: how pitch, loudness and timbre relate to the physical aspects of sound; about sine waves and how they represent sound; the concepts of frequency, amplitude, wavelength and phase; what different frequencies...

Sound Essentials Module 3: The Recording Chain and Signal Flow

This module is a detailed exploration of the recording chain and the way that audio signals flow through each component. It explains: the components of a recording chain; the basic sections and functions of a console; the signal flow from sound source to recorder; the definition of gain...

Sound Essentials Module 4: Microphones

This module expands on the microphone concepts delivered in module 3. It starts with the history of the microphone, moves to different microphone transducer types, how each type works and why they sound different, how to connect/disconnect microphones, phantom power and which types of...

Sound Essentials Module 5: Recording Direct

In this short module you will learn: how to record electronic instruments; about DI or Direct Boxes; why and when a DI Box is used; different types of DI Boxes and how they sound; how to set up a DI Box in a recording chain.

Sound Essentials Module 6: Digital Audio

This module unfolds the world of digital audio and explains: the fundamentals of digital audio; Binary number systems & Boolean algebra; analog vs. digital; sampling and the Nyquist theorem; quantization, bit depth, dither and aliasing; mechanics of Analog-to-Digital Converters; types of...

Sound Essentials Module 7: Audio Connections and Soldering

This module breaks down the types of audio connections and wiring used in audio. You will learn: basic electrical terms and relationships used in audio; about unbalanced and balanced connections; the different types of connections used in audio; how to solder basic audio connections; the...

How-To Videos

Cable Wrapping

Learn how the pros wrap cables so that cables don't tangle. Increases the cable's life span and makes you more efficient when cabling up!

Setting Optimum Levels on a Console

This video walks you through the steps of setting the optimum recording levels using a large format console and Pro Tools in a professional recording studio.

Learn to Solder an 1/4" TS Instrument Cable

This video details the construction of a 1/4" TS instrument cable.

How to set up Microphone Stands properly and quickly.

This short video covers the tips and tricks to using microphone stands properly and quickly.  Novice recording engineers are often slow because they don't know the ins and outs of microphone stands.

Setting up a D.I. Box, Direct Recording Chain

Learn how to set up a D.I. Box to record an electric guitar. Visit Sound Essentials Module 5 to learn more about recording direct.

Microphone Pickup Patterns

This video demonstrates the different pickup (polar) patterns and the importance of choosing the proper pattern.

Making a Microphone out of Headphones

This short video demonstrates how you can use one of the speakers in a pair of headphones as a microphone and explains why this works.

Extreme Isolation Headphones Demo

Extreme Isolation headphones provide safety by protecting your ears from outside noise. By passively and naturally isolation your ears from noise, you will be able to listen at moderate to low volumes, thus eliminating the need to blast your precious ears with high volumes just to overcome...

Audio Examples & Gear Comparisons

Phase example: Snare Drum

This is an example of how a phase relationship between microphones can alter the timbre of the recording of the instrument.

Microphone Comparisons: Acoustic Guitar

Audio examples of an acoustic guitar recorded with dynamic, ribbon and condenser microphones. Click on the buttons in the module below to hear each audio sample.   You can also download the following higher resolution (16 bit/44.kHz) WAV...

Microphone Comparisons: Vocal

Audio examples of a vocal recorded with condenser, ribbon and dynamic microphones. Click on the buttons in the module below to hear each sample. You can also download the following higher resolution (16 bit/44.kHz) WAV files to your computer...

Microphone Comparisons: Drums

Audio examples of a drum kit recorded with dynamic, ribbon and condenser microphones. Click on the buttons in the module below to hear each audio sample. You can also download the following higher resolution (16 bit/44.kHz) WAV files to your...

Microphone Comparisons: Electric Guitar w/clean tone

Audio examples of an amplified electric guitar with a clean tone recorded with dynamic, ribbon and condenser microphones. Click on the buttons in the module below to hear each audio sample. You can also download the following higher resolution (16 bit/44.kHz)...

Microphone Comparisons: Electric Guitar w/distorted tone

Audio examples of an amplified electric guitar with a distorted tone recorded with dynamic, ribbon and condenser microphones. Click on the buttons in the module below to hear each audio sample. You can also download the following higher resolution (16 bit/44.kHz)...

Microphone Comparisons: Vocal - Large Diaphragm Condensers

Audio examples of a vocal recorded with a variety of large diaphragm condenser microphones. Click on the buttons in the module below to hear each audio sample. You can also download the following higher resolution (16 bit/44.kHz) WAV files to...

Microphone Preamplifier Comparison

Audio Examples of a vocal recorded with a Mojave MA-200 large diaphragm condenser microphone through various preamplifiers. Click on the buttons in the module below to hear each audio sample. You can also download the following higher resolution (16 bit/44.kHz)...

D.I. Comparison - Bass Guitar

Audio examples of a bass guitar recorded direct with various D.I. Boxes. Click on the buttons in the module below to hear each audio sample. You can also download the following higher resolution (16 bit/44.kHz) WAV files to your computer and...

Guitar Direct vs. Amplified

Audio examples of an electric guitar recorded direct with a D.I. Box, recorded with a microphone on the amplifier, and then blended together.

Frequency Comparison

Audio Examples of different pure tone sine wave frequencies created using a signal generator.

Explore Sound Channel

This short sample module shows the features of and excerpts from the Sound Essential Series Training Modules.

Engineer/Producer Interviews

Master Mongolian Musicians at WAM

In April, 2011 San Francisco–based non-profit Women's Audio Mission (WAM), recorded a trio of master Mongolian musicians for a full-length album release, with funding from the Alliance for...

Interview with FOH Mixer Michelle Sabolchik Pettinato

Click HERE to read an interview with the Front of House (FOH) Live Sound Mixer for Ke$ha, Gwen Stefani, Melissa Etheridge, Mr Big, Indigo Girls, Jewel, Natasha Bedingfield, Spin...

Sound for "The King's Speech" with John Midgley

You might not know Production Sound Mixer John Midgley, but you definitely have heard his incredible collection of work including the first three "Harry Potter" films, "Children of Men", and "Hotel Rwanda". John Midgley was recently honored with his second Academy...

Studio and Convention Tours

131st Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention

This video is an insider tour of what it is like to attend the 131st Audio Engineering Society Convention at Javits Center in New York City. The Audio Engineering Society Convention is the largest gathering of audio professionals in the world.  Over 15,926 people attended this year. ...

Faultline Studio Tour - San Francisco

1.6.2011 Faultline Studios TourWomen's Audio Mission members tour Faultline Studios, a full service, professional recording studio in San Francisco. Watch an analog tape demo given by Yosh! http://...

129th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention

WAM takes a whirlwind tour of the convention and runs into a bunch of friends and industry pros. A perfect introduction to the convention! Oh and we ended up on ABC 7 news too.