Course 1: Introduction To Sound & Hearing

Welcome to the Recording Connection Audio Engineering and Music Production Program! This is your first step on a journey to learning about the technical side of making music (the software, the hardware, the gear) and how it works together with interpersonal relationship building. But first, we’ll start with something easy: the physics of sound!

The most important thing to remember is not to feel overwhelmed. It is not necessary to understand these concepts on a scientific or mathematical level your first time going through them. Allow yourself to evolve with the information you are studying. The more you study the information, the more you apply this material, and the more things will start to make sense!

We will understand how sound travels through air, how our ears receive sound, and how our brains interpret the sounds we are receiving. Understanding this will help us build a foundation for how we can manipulate audio and create an experience, balance, and blend with the instruments that we are mixing.

As you learn about vibrations, waveforms, frequencies, and other physical characteristics of sound and how the human ear takes in this information, you’ll begin to see the bigger picture of how the studio is set up to create the best sound. You’ll get the opportunity to help around the studio (where you can) and work on additional optional tasks that will help you familiarize yourself with the equipment.

At the end of the course, you’ll review course materials, take a quiz, do some required reading, and work on a blog entry detailing your experiences during the course. All of these tasks will help you retain knowledge and give you reference material to look back on during the following courses.


  • What is Sound?
  • Waveform Characteristics
  • Hearing
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Blog Entry