TH 1551
Sound for the Theatre

1:30-2:45 PM

Mark Harvey
MPAC 149

Course Objectives:
To learn basic sound design and engineering for the theatre, including, minidisk, CD, Audacity and SFX software (QLab and GarageBand possibly); as well as common techniques for digital and analog recording, mixing and playback.

Bracewell, John. Sound Design in the Theatre. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1992.
Burris-Meyer, Harold. Sound in the Theatre. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1979.
Collison, David. Stage Sound. New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1976.
Davis, Gary and Ralph Jones. Sound Reinforcement Handbook. Milwaukee: Leonard Publishing, 1989.
Huntington, John. Control Systems for Live Entertainment. Boston: Focal Press, 1994.
Finelli, Patrick M. Sound for the Stage. New York: Drama Book Publishers, 1989.
JBL Sound System Design Reference Manual <>
Kai's Sound Handbook
Kaye, Deena and James LeBrecht. Sound and Music for the Theatre. New York: Back Stage Books, 1992.
Milner, Greg. Perfecting Sound Forever An Aural History of Recorded Music. New Yor: Faber & Faber, 2009.
Truax,Barry , editor. Handbook for Acoustic Ecology
Vasey, John. Concert Sound and Lighting Systems. Boston: Focal Press, 1993.

Sound Design Web Sites

Materials - Provided:
1 mini disc
1 CDR compact disc

Materials - Required:
Laptop computer with Audacity software
Download Audacity 1.2.6 Mac OSX
Download Audacity 1.2.6 Windows


Class expectations:
Attendance policy: Attendance will be taken at the beginning of the hour daily. More than five absences will result in the lowering of the final grade.

Grading Policy:
All projects are to be submitted clearly labeled with your name and the project number. Projects with labels will not be accepted.

Late projects will not be accepted and receive a grade of 0. Demonstrated progress, however, made evident during class work periods, may qualify the project for a late penalty waiver.

Note: Individuals who have a disability, either temporary or permanent, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the quarter. Adaptations of methods, materials or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation.