This module is first part of the Course – I: Understanding Community Radio, and gives an introduction and overview of Community Radio including its concept and evolution along with the basics of Radio Broadcasting in India. This module needs to finished by two weeks

This module introduces you to the concept of audio recording, that is, the principles and practice of capturing sounds, converting them to a storable form, and storing them in a recording medium for later recovery. You will also understand the various types of hardware that are used to record audio in the field and in the studio, and the concept of using free and open source software (FOSS).

You will also learn about telephony related applications for radio, including the use of hardware and software to create interactive programmes with call-in segments; as well as the use of mobile telephones and systems to connect your listenership with the CR stations.

Course Duration- Two Weeks

About the Module

The Unit on radio waves and spectrum will be important for you to get an analytical understanding of the underlying technology of radio. While you may not get an opportunity to put this knowledge to use on a day-to-day basis, you will find this useful in understanding radio at a fundamental level.

The last Unit is related to power backup and voltage stabilisation. As noted above, this is a problem which occurs frequently in most rural community radio stations. Choosing the right power back up or voltage stabilisation solution can be a complex task and requires a sound knowledge of how back up and stabilisation can be configured in the context of underlying principles as well as available resources at your disposal.

Duration of the Course: 2 Weeks

A radio station is known and identified by its sound design. From signature tune to jingles and from live announcement to recorded programmes, the production of sound is one of the most important aspects of a radio station.

In a typical radio station a sound recordist is as critical and important as a musician, singer or a speaker, even though the listeners hardly know him. The sound recordists have been unsung hero of radio stations. But, in the recent years, especially in the community radio sector globally, there is a trend to identify sound recordist and recognise the work put in by them.

From the rapid transition of analogue to digital sound technology, the job of a sound recordist has undergone a formidable change in the recent years. Today, sound recordists are accomplishing task in much shorter time as compared with their counterparts in the analogue era. At the same time, the expectations from a sound technician has increased multifold with the ever expanding horizon of sound technology. Currently, the sound technologist need to be on their toes to keep up with rapidly changing concepts and tools.

In a community radio station, the job of a sound technician is an ideal mix of conceptual clarity, practical knowledge of tools and creativity. You will discover this aspect as you go through this module in theory and practice.

Duration of this course- two weeks

This Module is first in line of the four modules that makes course. Sound Technology is all about making of an audio studio. It has four units, first one discusses the basics of sounds, its properties and components. Next units explain digital audio signals in depth. It also concentrates on the Audio chain and how physical components of recording and reproduction system. Last Unit deals with studio acoustics and introduces one to the basis of acoustic.