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Selena Quintanilla Perez


 April 16 1971 – March 31, 1995

1. The dB is used when measuring mics because:
A. It’s more fun
B. It’s more logarithmic
C. It’s the standard for acoustic pressure measurements in audio
D. It helps the companies sell more mics

2. 20 micropascals is:
A. The pressure present at an Atlas III launch
B. The sound pressure level of the average human’s ability to detect a sound
C. The reference unit for 0dBm
D. The output pressure from a mic at 1 watt/1 meter

3. What is a Frequency Response Graph?
A. It illustrates the accuracy with which the mic converts acoustical energy into electrical signals with respect to frequency
B. It shows the frequencies that the mic will change from acoustical to electrical energy
C. It’s a chart that shows the pick-up patterns
D. Both A and B

4. What is Sensitivity?
A. It explains the condition of a used microphone, based on road abuse
B. It is the amount of dB-SPL that the microphone can handle
C. It is the measure of the electrical output of a microphone with respect to the acoustic SPL input
D. It’s the pressure in ft-lbs per inch that the mic can take before breaking

5. What happens if you connect a speaker to a mic input on a mixer?
A. Nothing, as there is no signal
B. The system goes into unavoidable violent feedback due to oscillations
C. The speaker works like a big microphone
D. Your co-workers laugh like hell because they think you’re an idiot

6. Proximity Effect:
A. Occurs when two transducers get too close to each other
B. Is an increase in LF response when a cardioid mic is close to an acoustic source
C. Happens when measuring a speaker with an RTA
D. Happens when a mic gets too close to a speaker

7. When a mic that is 3 inches in front of a singer is moved to 6 inches, the level will:
   A. Drop 3 dB
B. Drop 6 dB
C. Drop 9 dB
D. Stay the same

8. The tightest cardioid pick-up pattern is:
A. Sub-cardioid
B. Cardioid
C. Super-cardioid
D. Hyper-cardioid

9. An omni mic placed a few millimeters away from a reflective surface creates an effect identical to a:
A. Rifle or shotgun mic
B. Lavaliere mic
C. Parabolic mic
D. PZM or Boundary mic

10. The FCC limits the transmission power of wireless mics to:
A. 1mW
B. 5mW
C. 10mW
D. 50mW

11. Shure introduced the 3B and 10B Carbon microphones in:
A. 1916
B. 1926
C. 1936
D. 1946

12. The Sennheiser MD421 was introduced in:
A. 1955
B. 1960
C. 1965
D. 1970

13. What stereo micing technique uses a coincident pair of two bi-directional microphones in the same point, angled at 90° to each other?
A. M-S
C. Decca Tree
D. Blumlein stereo

14. What stereo micing technique uses two cardioid mics with the capsules spaced 17cm apart, with the two mics at a 110° angle creating the stereo image?
A. M-S
C. Decca Tree
D. Blumlein stereo

15. What stereo micing technique uses a cardioid microphone capsule as center channel and a bi-directional figure-eight-mic at the same point, angled at 90°, which is then brought in on faders, out-of-phase to create the stereo image?
A. M-S
C. Decca Tree
D. Blumlein stereo

16. A PZM receives direct and reflected sound simultaneously.

    True or False?

17. The Crown PCC is an omnidirectional microphone.

    True or False?

18. If wired according to the AES standard, pin 2 of a microphone’s XLR connector will:
A. Always be ground
B. Always be “hot” or positive
C. Always be “low” or negative
D. Be the connection for +52VDC

19. An Electret microphone:
A. Is never used in pro audio
B. Is a form of ribbon microphone
C. Is a crystal microphone with special permanent polarization
D. Requires a power supply

20. Which microphone naturally has a figure eight or bi-directional pick-up pattern?
A. Condenser
B. Ribbon
C. Carbon
D. Dynamic


1) It is possible for a podcast to play video files.
a) True
b) False

2) Which of the following items is used to view a podcast?










3) What is an aggregator?

a) a piece of hardware used to combine or mix multiple audio sources into a single recording.
b) Music or sound effects that play continuously in the background.
c) Software that collects and displays RSS feeds, such as some podcasts.

4) RSS is …
a) Really Simple Syndication, the most common news feed format for posting podcasts.
b) Really Streamed Sound-bites, a portion or sample of audio obtained from interviews, then inserted into the podcast.
c) Right Sample Stream, the frequency in which sounds are sampled at the correct rate to create a podcast.

5) A podcast is …
a) A digital audio broadcast available through a web feed for download by a subscriber or visitor to a web site.
b) A technique where the sound from two sources is mixed by fading out one sound and increasing the other sound.
c) An instrument that generates sound by the creation and manipulation of artificial waveforms.

6) What is a stream?
a) A digital audio broadcast available through a web feed for download by a subscriber or visitor to a website.
b) The ability to play a digital file on the internet without waiting for the entire file to download before it plays.
c) A piece of hardware used to combine or mix multiple audio sources into a single recording.

7) What is an iPod?
a) A device that mixes sounds from multiple sources to combine them into one recording.
b) A protocol for transferring large files over the internet.
c) A portable device from Apple Computer, Inc. with a hard drive or flash memory to play digital media files.

8) A soundbite is …
a) The most common news feed format for posting a podcast to the internet.
b) A portion or sample of audio obtained from other interviews or other sources, which is then inserted into the recording.
c) The frequency of a sound recording that is converted into digital formats.

9) What type of file is used to describe a digital information compression standard that takes large digital audio files and compresses them into smaller files while maintaining the quality of the file?
a) Plug-in
b) Blog
c) RSS
d) MP3

10) What is a podcatcher?
a) A scripting language that is the foundation for RSS files.
b) A shield that is placed in front of a microphone to reduce popping and hissing sounds when recording.
c) Programs used to subscribe to and download podcasts.

Follow this LINK and answer the questions.  Use Ch.4 of your book (Microphones)

Answer the following questions:

1.  What other films has Doug Pray directed?

2.  What was the video Art and Copy about?

3.  Name 3 things you remember from the video.

Click the image below and answer the True/False questions.  Once you are done, take a picture of the screen (command+shift+4) and email the picture to me as an attachment.  My email address is  (DO NOT LEAVE A COMMENT)

1. It is okay to upload an entire cartoon episode without the authorization of the copyright owner as long as I’m just sharing it with my friends, family and fans.

2. Uploading a video of myself recording my favorite cover song does not require the permission of the copyright holder.

3. The following items are NOT protected by copyright:
a) Videos
b) People
c) Photographs
d) Musical works

4. If a video gets removed because of a copyright infringement notification, filing a counter-notification is the only possible way to restore the video.

5. The following things are copyrightable: names, places, faces and spaces.

6. Copyright protection is only given to major film, television or recording corporations who pay for the privilege.

7. “Fair use” is a legal defense that applies in all countries.

8. You should ask YouTube for permission to use other users’ content from the site.

9. Copyright infringement is a serious offense and violation of the law may have significant consequences.

10. If someone alleges that you have infringed their copyright, you will receive a notification:
a) In your account
b) In your email
c) Both A & B
d) Via text message

11. If someone alleges that you have infringed their copyright and you are certain that this is not the case, you may:
a) Reupload the video
b) Delete the video
c) File a counter-notification
d) Download the video

12. If you claim fair use in the video description, your video can’t be considered copyright infringement.

Read the short article found here and leave a comment on whether you think the Psystar company broke copyright laws.  1 paragraph minimum.

Click the image below to be taken to a chart that will help you answer the following questions.

1. Students working on a classroom video project can use six minutes of a half-hour news documentary.

2. A person must place a copyright notice on work to make it copyrighted.

3. It is permissible to copy a page of 25 collected Internet Web links and place it on your Internet page.

4. What is attribution?

5. What 4 criteria constitute fair use?

6. An IB student writes and produces a short play. One of the characters has a birthday during the course of the play, and in one scene, five other characters sing_”Happy Birthday to You” around a candle-covered birthday cake. Is it copyright infringement?

7. Your IB history teacher records a program from the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) on her DVD recorder at home. She shows the film to her History of the Americas class as part of a presentation. Is this copyright infringement?

8. IB theatre students write a skit, a parody of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, for a forum about same-sex marriage. Is it copyright infringement?

9. The IB psychology teacher at your school has placed 4 articles on reserve in the library. All of the articles were printed from various scholarly journals that she found and printed ITom an online subscription database. Students are required to have copies of the articles and annotate them a set times throughout the semester. Can the library legally allow the student to copy the articles?

10. What if a publisher will not give permission? Can you use the work anyway?

11. What differentiation would you make between plagiarism and copyright?

12. You place the user names and passwords for home access to your subscription databases out on your school web site. Anyone searching the Internet can download it and access the resources your school has paid for. Is this a violation of copyright?

13. One of your teachers wants to show a TV program that he purchased from iTunes. The program is curriculum appropriate and will show on a TV monitor. Can the teacher use it?

1. What are the differences between borrowing or appropriating from a creative work, and “ripping off’ or “stealing” from the work’s creator? What other terms can be used to define the same kinds of processes?

2. What are some of the recent cases that you have heard about? Do you use YouTube or other video sharing Web sites?

3. How has copyright law moved from being largely the concern of mass media companies to an issue that affects all of us?

4. How are copyright laws simultaneously protective of rights and harmful to free speech?
5. What does the Fair Use doctrine allow under US law? Which types of uses are permitted under Fair Use and which are not, and why?

6. What are some of the examples of Fair Uses from this film? How has the documentary you are watching made Fair Uses of materials owned by others, and how have these been justified?

7. How has the Internet impacted the ways that culture is created and shared? Why is Fair Use important to new forms of cultural production such as viral videos and song remixes?

8. Is Fair Use a right or not? Should it be one? What are the problems associated with making a Fair Use claim in your own work, especially with regard to being sued?

9. How have the demands of private companies for total control over the uses of their copyrights been met by documentary filmmakers?


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