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OSA 060-F21 | SALT: The Five Spectrums of Sound Design

OSA 060-F21 | SALT: The Five Spectrums of Sound Design

Online 9/30, 10/4, 10/7, 10/11, 10/14

Maximum Enrollment: 15 LBS

Course Description


In this multi-week class, students will learn how to manipulate the five spectrums of sound: volume, frequency, clarity, placement, and time.  By identifying these interconnected attributes of sound, students will learn how (and when) to shape stories in richer and less conventional formats.  Instruction will use a broad definition of sound design, which encompasses not only creative sound effects and scoring, but also the musicality of voice and the intentional use of silence.

Students will be assigned to create work that is sonically dissimilar to their previous work.  Assignments will have multiple routes offered so that students of varying proficiencies can take the appropriate paths.  Students will also be assigned to record and/or synthesize several sounds. 



Live video instruction with prepared slides, live demos, and Q&As.  Assignments are completed outside of class.


Dates: 9/30, 10/4, 10/7, 10/11, 10/14 

Time: 6-8 pm EST

Tuition: $675

CEUs: 1




Jeff Emtman is an artist who produces the independent podcast Here Be Monsters. He sound designed The Outer Reach, a science fiction anthology originally released by Stitcher. Jeff is the co-creator of Neutrinowatch, a forthcoming computer-generated podcast about hubris. 



  • Computer with broadband internet. 

  • Webcam

  • Sound editing software (DAW) This class is DAW agnostic—you can use your preferred platform.

  • Basic recording equipment (smartphone is fine)

  • Basic computer proficiency.  Students should know how to install software, search the internet, and manage files on their computer. 

  • Editing proficiency.  Students need to be able to: Open and save a project; work on projects with multiple tracks; cut, copy, delete and rearrange audio; adjust volumes over time (aka "envelopes")


The Salt Institute of Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art presents Salt Studies, a series of snack-sized workshops, crash courses, webinars, and intensives to help refine your skills in the worlds of radio, podcasting, film-making, and rich media storytelling. These courses are made possible through a collaboration with our Office of Continuing and Professional Studies (CS), which offers a variety of courses in art education, arts, crafts, documentary studies, storytelling, and more. 

Our CS courses are usually offered on the web using a combination of our learning management system (Canvas) and/or video-conferencing software (Zoom or Google Meet). This information will be shared with you prior to the start of the course. 

If you have any questions about this or any other Salt Studies course in the CS catalogue, please contact us at CStudy@meca.edu, or call us at 207.699.5061 

The full Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is officially the GraduateProgram, which offers 16 Graduate credits culminating in a full Graduate Certificate and which takes place over a 15-week semester onsite in historic Portland, Maine. If you are interested in the Graduate Certificate program, please check us out here.


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