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