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We have 2 blogs today, please grab a book from the cabinet and complete the following questions.  Put books back in cabinet, neatly, when you are done.  Also, pick at least one of the podcasts to summarize below.  (other blog) I will see y’all tomorrow.  Be nice to the Sub!

Chapter 5

1. One of the following is not a basic system of audio consoles: (p. 83)

a. input

b. output

c. monitor

d.surround sound input

2. All audio consoles have input sections, output sections, monitor sections, and master sections: (p. 80)

a. true

b. false

3. The master fader on a console: (p. 88)

a. controls the level from the master bus to the master recorder

b. controls the signal level of outgoing signals after they are fed from the individual channels

c. controls the level of signals in the control room

d. controls the level of signals in the master control room

4. Split consoles and in line consoles are identical. (p.80)


b. false

5. If a console is 8 x 2, it has: (p. 81)

a. 8 inputs and 2 outputs

b. 8 outputs and 2 inputs

c. 8 routing systems

d. 16 channels

6. Most multichannel production consoles have controls that route a sound source to either a microphone level or line level input because: (p. 83)

a. mic and line level sources require different levels of preamplification

b. separate routing is required if mic and line level sources are used at the same time

c. it facilitates finer adjustment of the sensitivity control

d. it makes high and low impedance signals fed to the console compatible with each other

7. The foldback system feeds signals from the console to headphones. (p. 85)

a. true

b. false

8. A Pan pot or panoramic potentiometer is: (p. 80)

a. an equalizer that balances frequencies between two left and right sound sources

b. a volume control that shifts loudness between two master channels

c. another name for a trim control

d. the control on a console that creates stereo

9. Percentage of modulation on a VU meter is: (p. 86)

a. the percentage of fluctuation that exists in a signal’s average modulation

b. the average loudness of a sound source fed to the console

c. what percentage of the total loudness a sound source is generating

d. the percentage of an applied signal in relation to the maximum signal a system should handle

10. If a signal is below 20 percent of modulation, it is said to be: (p. 87)

a. in the red

b. in the black

c. in the mud

d. pinning

11. Headroom refers to the amount of level between: (p. 87)

a. normal operating level and overload

b. normal operating level and 0 VU

c. level in the black and level in the red

d. average level and level in the mud

12. The difference between a VU meter and a peak program meter is that the ppm was designed to: (p. 87)

a. indicate transient peaks

b. indicate peaking when the level goes above 0 VU

c. indicate the ratio of peaks in level to dips in level

d. indicate peaks when the level indicator is in the red

13. For a number of input signals to be fed into an output line, there must be a: (p. 81)

a. module

b. trim

c. bus

d. potentiometer

14. One of the following is usually not a function included in a multichannel production console’s input system: (p.81)

a. polarity reversal control

b. pan pot

c. pad/trim

d. reverb (or effects) return

15. The connecting point of most, if not all, of a studio’s inputs and outputs is the: (p. 90)

a. multichannel production console

b. multitrack tape recorder

c. effects bus

d. patch panel

16. Multiples are special jacks that are: (p. 92)

a. wired to the inputs and outputs of special devices such as slate/talkback, pre- and post- foldback, and oscillator

b. wired to each other

c. wired to the inputs and outputs of the console

d. wired to more than one input and/or output

17. A balanced phone plug has a: (p. 92)

a. ring and tip

b. tip and sleeve

c. ring, tip, and sleeve

d. ring, tip, and jack

18. In automated consoles, the write mode can be used: (p. 94)

a. to create an automated mix

b. to synchronize positional information

c. to change a previous setting

d. to operate the fader controls

19. One of the following is not an advantage of console automation: (p. 94)

a. documentation of console settings is easier

b. it makes overall record keeping more complicated

c. it has made the engineer’s arms longer

d. in the long run, it is less time consuming

20. Digital consoles are available in three configurations. Which one of the following is not one of them? (p. 95)

a. an analog console that is digitally controlled

b. a console with an analog input signal that is directly accepted as digital information

c. a digital console that is actually a “virtual” console

d. an analog console that is actually a “virtual” console

21. Which of the following is not an operating mode of automation systems? (p.94)

a. read mode

b. update mode

c. write mode

d.default mode

22. A half normal in a patch bay: (p.91)

a. continues rather than interrupts signal flow

b. always interrupts the normal connection

c. are a switch rather than a junction

d. are the same as multiples

23. A digital control surface: (p.97.)

a. is the same as a digital console

b. allows the operator to automate an analog console

c. provides external control of a virtual audio environment

d. allows the operator to record directly to disc

If you are missing assignments or blogsyou may make up the work by listening to your choice of the radio stories or watching a video, and writing up a summary of the story, using the questions below. You may submit as many of these assignments as you have missing blogs.

Everyone (even if you are up to date on on assignments) must choose one story to listen to or watch and summarize for extra credit.

The stories vary quite a bit in length. If you choose one of the Nova episodes (which are about an hour long) you can write your paper on the first 20-30 minutes – or watch the whole thing, if you prefer.

Write a summary of the story you listen to or watch, answering these questions:

1. What was the most surprising part of this story? Explain why it was surprising.

2. What aspect of this story will be the most important for the way we deal with this hazard or resource in the future?

3. Choose one thing from this story that you will share with a friend or family member. Describe that thing in your summary.

4.  Were there sound effects used in the story?

5.  Were the interviews in the story?

Radio podcasts:

The Worldwide Thirst for Clean Water: Terry Gross of NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Charles Fishman, author of The Big Thirst. Aired April 11, 2011.

Denying the Invisible: Start at 31:00. Ira Glass of This American Life presents dramatizations of interviews with Ukranians about the cover up of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, from Voices from Chernobyl, by Svetlana Alexievich and translated by Keith Gessin. Aired April 9, 2011.

Why Can’t We Predict Earthquakes? Freakonomics Radio, aired April 1, 2011.

Nuclear Power – Setting Sun? Interview with nuclear experts as part of the Commonwealth Club’s Climate One program


Japan’s Killer Quake: March 30, 2011 episode of Nova, from PBS

Detecting Earthquakes: Feb 23, 2011 episode of Nova

The Price of Gas: a PBS Need to Know Investigation about hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) of shales to release the natural gas within the rock. AIred

Revisiting Chernobyl: A Nuclear Disaster Site of Epic ProportionsPBS News Hour report, March 29, 2011.

Are California’s Schools Ready for the Next Big One? PBS News Hour report, March 29, 2011.

Use the internet (Google, Wikipedia, etc.) to find the answers to the following questions and terms.

1) What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?
2) What is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)?
3) What are your own thoughts on sharing files such as movies and music with friends?
4) What countries are involved in the ACTA?
5) What is the Freedom of Information Act?
6) What is the Electronic Frontier Foundation?
7) What is the  Knowledge Ecology International?
8) What is the The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)?
9) What do these organizations and acts have in common?
10) What is piracy?  Is it illegal?
11) What is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)?


  1. The Internet was launched in 1969 when the U.S funded a project that developed a national computer network called
    1.   ?    AARPNET
    2.   ?    CERNET
    3.   ?    CERN
    4.   ?    ARPANET
  2. Every day it is estimated that over ____ users from every country in the world use the Internet and the Web.
    1.   ?    400,000
    2.   ?    1 million
    3.   ?    1 billion
    4.   ?    1 trillion
  3. A rapidly emerging Web application in which you can take classes online on almost any subject is
    1.   ?    Host Learning
    2.   ?    Virtual Learning
    3.   ?    Client Learning
    4.   ?    E-Learning
  4. A(n) ____ program provides access to Web resources.
    1.   ?    Web
    2.   ?    ISP
    3.   ?    Browser
    4.   ?    URL
  5. In the Web address “”, what is the domain name?
    1.   ?    The whole address is called the domain name.
    2.   ?    .org
    3.   ?
    4.   ?    justincase
  6. The last part of the domain name following the dot is the domain ______.
    1.   ?    code
    2.   ?    link
    3.   ?    locator
    4.   ?    language
  7. Which of the following search types would be best suited for finding out who was touring drummer for Marty Robbins in 1965?
    1.   ?    directory search
    2.   ?    keyword search
    3.   ?    manual search
    4.   ?    reference search
  8. Programs that automatically submit your search request to several search engines simultaneously are called
    1.   ?    metasearch engines
    2.   ?    Webcrawlers
    3.   ?    spiders
    4.   ?    hits
  9. This type of electronic commerce involves the sale of a company’s product or service to the general public.
    1.   ?    B2C
    2.   ?    B2P
    3.   ?    C2C
    4.   ?    B2B
  10. Another name for electronic cash or e-cash, the Internet equivalent to traditional cash, is
    1.   ?    cybercash and analog cash
    2.   ?    digital cash and cybercom
    3.   ?    carders and cybercom
    4.   ?    cybercash and digital cash

Leave a comment on your thoughts of the video clip from Beautiful Losers.

1) Name 2 artists mentioned

2) Name 1 city they visit

3) Write a paragraph about a memorable part of the video.

Use the images below to answer the questions at this LINK
(Click image to go to questions)




Explain what the following terms mean:

1) The Sound Wave
2) Frequency
3) Pitch
4) Amplitude
5) Loudness
6) Wavelength
7) Acoustical Phase
8) Sound Envelope
9) Velocity
10) Timbre

Q.1)  Name the adapter.
A. female 1/4 inch phone to xlr
B. male 1/8 inch (mini) to rca female
C. male 1/8 inch (mini) to rca male
D. male 1/4 inch to rca male
Q.2)  Name the cable end.
A. rca
B. 1/4 phone
C. xlr male
D. xlr female
Q.3)    What kind of a cable is this?
A. Microphone
B. Firewire
D. Guitar
Q.4)  Name the adapter.
A. male rca to stereo 1/8 (mini)
B. usb to stereo 1/4 phone
C. xlr to mono 1/4 phone
D. 1/4 mono phone to female rca
Q.5)  Name the adapter.
A. 1/4 male phone to female xlr
B. 1/8 male (mini) to female xlr
C. 1/8 female (mini) to male xlr
D. 1//4 female (mini) to male xlr
Q.6)  Name the cable
A. xlr female to xlr male
B. 1/4 female phone to 1/4 male phone
C. 1/4/ male phone to 1/4 male phone
D. xlr male to xlr male
Q.7)     Name the cable.
D. Firewire
Q.8)  Name the cable end.
A. xlr male
B. xlr female
C. 1/4 male phone
D. 1/4 female phone
Q.9)  Name the cable
A. rca to rca
B. usb stereo to two rca’s
C. 1/8 stereo mini to two rca’s
D. 1/4 mono phone to two rca’s
Q.10)  Name the cable end.
A. male rca stereo
B. male xlr mini
C. male firewire
D. 1/8 male stereo mini
Q.11)  Name the cable end.
A. male rca
B. female rca
C. male xlr
D. female xlr
Q.12)  Name the cable end.
A. rca male
B. rca female
C. Male 1/4 stereo phone
D. Female 1/4 stereo phone
Q.13)  Name the cable.
A. Firewire
Q.14)  Name the adapter.
A. Male xlr to male 1/4 phone
B. Male xlr to female 1/4 phone
C. Female xlr to male 1/4 phone
D. Female xlr to male 1/4 phone
Q.15)  Name this inline adapter.
A. Male xlr to female xlr
B. Male xlr to rca
C. Female xlr to male xlr
D. Female xlr to female xlr
Q.16)  Name the cable.
A. 1/4 male phone to female xlr
B. 1/8 mini to usb
C. 1/4 female phone to male xlr
D. usb to xlr
Q.17)  Name this cable
A. xlr male to xlr female
B. xlr female to xlr female
C. xlr male to xlr male
D. 1/4 phone to xlr male
Q.18)  Name the cable end.
A. usb male
B. usb female
C. xlr male
D. xlr female


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