Sound engineer Felix Blume lead an intensive course on working with basic tools for professional work with digital audio. This course focused on recording, editing and mixing techniques, and sound and music reproduction.

The course offered a look at the technical processes used to register sound, to record interviews, to create special effects for radio production and cinema, as well as sound technology used in live events.

A group of 15 from the neighborhood with interests in music and event production, as well as audiovisual media and communication, participated. During the course, they took part in practical exercises and studied sound theory with an emphasis on studio-based work. The group visited a recording studio and a cinema sound mixing studio, which offered participants a window into professional platforms.

The participants had access to a library of books and articles about audio and sound to enhance their learning.

Each participant created a sound project, which ranged from ambient recordings to interviews and soundscapes–all geared towards reflections on significant aspects of the neighborhood. As a conclusion, participants presented their sound projects through an internet radio broadcast from the radio studio at the “Centro de Cultura Digital” (The Center for Digital Culture).

Participants:
Alejandro Mendoza, Karlos Atl, Gabriela Galván Hdz., Bryan D. Palafox, Alma Patricia Villegas, Brenda Strempler, Luis Miguel Barro, María Guadalupe Cristóbal, Adriana Santiago, Axel Ortiz, Alejandra Contreras, Sebastián Pizá, Israel Rosales, Noe Vázquez, Mirna Castro.

Acknowledgements:
Andrés Salgado of Doppler Servicios/Estudio 30/10, Alejandro de Icaza of Arte Sónico, as well as all the interviewees and collaborators who facilitated the realization of the projects.

Themes

•Sound
• Hearing
• Sound skills and categories
• Analog and digital radio
• Acoustics
• Sound and electricity
• Cables and connectors
• Digital audio
• Recorders
• Microphones
• Stereo recordings
• Speakers and headphones
• Mono, stereo and multichannel
• Mixer or console
• Audacity: Audio editing program
• Sound cards
• Basic effects: EQ, reverb and compression
• Film sound recording
• Mixing and editing for film
• Recording studio
• Film mixing studio

Activities

• A series of awareness exercises were conducted involving sound walks and critical listening sessions.
• At the beginning of each session, participants shared sound references and examples of work with sound.
• They visited the professional music recording studio 30/10, where the group had the opportunity to record high-quality material for their projects.
• Field recordings were made in the neighborhood, and participants interviewed various local characters.
• Exercises in video and live sound recording were carried out in public spaces with professional equipment.
• Participants visited Sonic Arts studio, specializing in recording sound for film, where they were able to learn about the process behind music composition, effects production, voice and incidental sound recording, as well as mixing all these elements.
• Participants edited their projects using Audacity, an open source program. They also mixed their work on an 8-channel controller using Cubase, an audio editing program.

Final exercises