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OSA 050-F20 | SALT: Learning The Basics: Audio Recording For Beginners

OSA 050-F20 | SALT: Learning The Basics: Audio Recording For Beginners

11/9-11/13 Online

Maximum Enrollment: 7 LBS

Course Description

home-dianne-sundown-2-dianne-ballon.jpgWith the explosion of podcasts, what separates the professional from the amateur is high quality sound and content. Understanding the basics of audio recording provides the tools to achieve good sound.

With over thirty years of recording experience, sound artist Dianne Ballon will introduce the basics of audio recording and the techniques she has employed to achieve high quality productions. Students will hear sound-rich audio excerpts from stories about a cowboy’s bedroll to the sound of boats creaking at a dock in Iceland. With humor and hindsight, they will explore examples of what works and what does not work.

Students will learn the characteristics and pick-up patterns of microphones and the difference between mono and stereo microphones and recording. Topics include recording basics, microphone placement, microphone/recorder handling, and ambient/ background sound. Assignments will put into practice what is learned.

Whether students are new to audio recording, in the early stages of creating a podcast, or never heard of a microphone pick-up pattern, this class will provide the foundation for audio recording and production. Bring your questions and your listening ear.


5 day intensive
Monday - Friday, November 9-13, 2020

Mon., 11/9: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm online
Wed., 11/11: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm online
Fri., 11/13: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm online

Dianne Ballon office hours:
Tuesday, November 10 and Thursday, November 12
11:30 am -12:30 pm and 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Registration for this class ends on 11/4 at 10am. 

No refunds after 11/5.

Tuition: $425 

CEUs: 2.8



Dianne Ballon is a sound artist. Her sound works have aired on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. For 2021, she was awarded a Maine Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. At Shenandoah National Park she was awarded an Artist-in Residency, where she created a sound portrait of the park. At the Goethe Institute, she presented her sound installation Musical Instrument Dreams. For an international radio art competition, she was awarded for her field recording of boats creaking at a dock in Iceland. For over 10 years, she was a member of the teaching and production staff at the National Audio Theatre Festivals. At the Newseum, she produced audio for the national exhibition The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War. She produces audio for 3-D PhotoWorks, a company that creates fine art accessible to the blind through touch and sound. At the University of Maine at Augusta, she taught audio production and radio theatre. She teaches annually at the Harvard Sound Education Conference and through the Podcast Garage in Boston. And, she works individually with producers on the many aspects of audio production. Learn, and hear, more at her website: www.dianneballonsound.com.



• Access to an audio recording device: A professional audio recorder, OR a computer with audio recording capabilities, OR a cell phone with audio recording capabilities.
• Headphones (not earbuds).
• Optional: A hand-held microphone.



Check out the Salt Info Session: All About the Microphones Here:

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art offers a variety of experiences for storytellers and documentarians. We host a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies where our students--both undergraduate and graduate students--can earn a rigorous, valuable certificate in just one semester. We also host a series of intensive workshops through our Continuing Studies program.


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