General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jorge Oter Gonzalez

Trimester: First term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Santos Martínez Labor
Jordi Roque Gonzalez 

Teaching languages

  • Catalan

The theoretical sessions include listening and viewing materials in English as well as some exercises based on written material (articles, manuals, technical specifications) also in English.


Specific skills
  • E9_Apply the mechanical, electronic and digital principles of sound capture, amplification and recording for application to different platforms: shows, radio, television, audiovisual and multimedia. Postproduce the audio and add the sound effects of an audiovisual production

  • E10_Apply processes, methods and techniques to develop creativity and innovation in audiovisual production, multimedia development and video game programming

Transversal competences
  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources


The subject presents a general introduction to the theory of sound and sound processes in the specific field of audiovisual media, providing a first approach to sound design strategies and capture, recording, editing and mixing techniques. Theoretical sessions will be combined with practical exercises, which will be carried out with Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and in a recording studio environment.


Basic characteristics of sound 

Audio chain 

  • Input and output transducers 
  • Mixing table 
  • Recording techniques    
  • Sound processing and editing techniques 

Digital Audio Workstations (Digital Audio Workstations) 

The recording studio 

Sound design and production for audiovisual media 

Evaluation system

The subject proposes the evaluation in four blocks: 

  • Two partial test-type tests: 5% each test, in total 10% of the overall grade.
  • Partial test in the recording studio: 10% of the overall mark.
  • Compulsory group work (sounding of an audiovisual fragment): 30% of the overall grade.
  • Global test: 50% of the global mark

To make an average, you will need to have passed the compulsory sound work and the final test with a minimum of 5 out of 10. Those students who obtain a grade lower than 5 in the work will have to recover it. Those students who get a grade below 5 in the overall test will have to take a make-up test. The make-up test is passed with a 5. The rest of the grades for the partial tests will be kept. Under no circumstances can you opt for recovery to raise your grade. Partial tests do not have recovery.

Grades may be reviewed at a date and place posted by the teacher through the eCampus.

Identification of plagiarism is considered a serious circumstance that may lead to a failing grade in the subject. In case of detection of plagiarism, the coordination of the degree will be informed so that the corresponding disciplinary measures can be taken.



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