SoundChannel

Welcome to WAM’s collection of online training materials!

SoundChannel is a collection of on-demand, interactive e-textbooks available anytime, anywhere and for everyone. Learn about career paths in professional audio, the science of sound, how to use all of the equipment in professional studios and train your ears with audio comparisons. During this time of crisis, we are offering SoundChannel free to everyone!

 

Career Corner

How To Break Into the Audio Industry

Tips for becoming a successful audio professional. Learn about career paths, successful women/Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) professionals and pick up best practices on how to present yourself to a potential employer.
 

Sound Essentials Series

This is a collection of interactive textbooks, “How-To” videos, listening examples, audio comparisons, studio tours, and more! The Sound Essential series is used in introductory audio production courses in colleges across the country. We recommend using headphones with these modules.

Note: These are currently in Flash format which is difficult to view on iOS devices but we are updating these to mobile-responsive HTML5 versions in the coming months.

 

Explore Sound Channel

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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 with 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 with 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.