Audio Basics 101: Sound, Signal, and Microphones

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by Jourdan Hines

This class will help give you foundational knowledge on how audio equipment works. It covers topics such as cable and connector types, knowledge of common microphones and their features, and a short introduction to signal flow/routing and basic EQ. This class is primarily lecture based but will provide you will the information and resources to advance your skills in both the studio and live sound.

Suggested minimum age: 15 (Lecture-style class where participants have the opportunity to ask questions. There is limited hands-on involving passing around different types of microphones and cables. There is also demonstration of PA equipment). For a class geared towards younger students (age 10-14), we will offer Amplified Sound for the Young Musician in the fall.

This class serves as a prerequisite for Audio 102: Live Sound and Music Production and 201: Recording & Mixing Techniques (both are being offered this fall).

Minimum age: 15

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Jourdan began studying music when he was just seven years old. He received an A.A.S. in Music Production from McNally Smith College of Music and a B.S. in Music Theory and Composition from UW-La Crosse. In addition to teaching privately Jourdan works as a freelance musician, recording engineer, and graphic designer. He performs regionally with a variety of groups and as a solo artist.

Teaching since 2002, Jourdan's goal is to empower each student with musical knowledge and the skills needed to be a successful musician. The path taken to achieve this goal is individualized and is based upon the student’s goals, whether it be a professional career in music or an enjoyable personal hobby to share with friends and family. He strives to make music a positive and rewarding experience that will last a lifetime. Full Bio (pdf)

Jourdan also teaches Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Audio Basics 101 & 102, and Music Production.