VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production (8)

This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of audio production including sound theory, sound acquisition and sound editing. Students are introduced to a broad range of contextual sound theory and practices with a focus on the use of sound as a means to generate or support a suite of narrative styles and constructs.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VPA106. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to create a narrative through the use of sound;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of sound acquisition;
  • be able to discuss and apply sound theory;
  • be able to demonstrate sound editing skills; and
  • be able to demonstrate the application of sound production software to create narrative styles and constructs.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to sound theory
  • Sound as narrative
  • Microphones and recording techniques
  • Connectors and formats
  • Editing sound
  • Sound mixing
  • Understanding the relationship between sound software and hardware
  • Using effects
  • Mastering

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VPA106 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Recording techniques
Online test

Special Resources

VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production teaches students the foundations of sound production. To satisfactorily complete the subject students have access to the following:

  • Avid Pro Tools software
  • A device capable of recording sounds and a microphone
  • Headphones

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.