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Class Schedule


01/27 First day of class. Course description. What is Production Sound? Why learn production sound?

02/03 Professional Approach to Prod Sound. Pre-production. Rental houses. Crew.

02/10 Priorities of the mixer. Hierarchy of mic techniques.

02/17 QUIZ #1 (Priorities, Hierarchy, Pre-production)
Mixing panels

02/24 Hands on video exercises. Multi-mic mixing Boom and Plant Mic. (Airport)

03/03 Mic basics. (types, sensitivity, powering)

03/10 QUIZ #2 (Mixers)
Mics continued. Shotguns. Record scenes using various mics.

03/17 Recorders and Multi-Track Mixing

03/24 Spring Break

03/31 Cesar Chavez Day. No class.

04/07 Intro to Lavaliers & Radio Mics. Rig talent and shoot simple "talk show".
Please wear or bring button down shirt or blouse, or something w lapels.


Lavs continued. Hands on exercises: TV Event. Multi-mic LIVE event or demo.INTERVIEW PROJECTS ARE DUE.

04/21 QUIZ #3 (Mics, TV Sound)
Hands on exercises: Complex scene ("Brown Interview")

04/28 NAB Week. Schedule to be announced. Make sure to check the forum Thursday nite!

05/05 Hands on exercises: Complex scene (exterior: "Conned Film Festival").

05/12 Major exam (1st attempt; optional) & post-test review
LAST CHANCE to submit all projects by end of class.


Final exam officially administered.  Regular class time/location unless otherwise notified by the Instructor. 

LAST CHANCE to take make-up tests.

All tests from 8:30am (or 9am) thru 10:30am.

Special Lecture @ 10:45am: Resumés; Getting started in the industry. (Open to all CTVA students)

About Us

This website is intended as an educational resource for those interested in video and film production. Our specialty is Production Sound Recording (location sound), although we are also versed in other aspects of production, from pre to post.


Our mission is not to sell you equipment, but to help you to master the complex craft of location audio recording for video and film.

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  • Mailing Address: PO Box 950207
    Mission Hills, CA 91395-0207
  • Tel: 1+ (818) 231-1038
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