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Sound Editing and Design for The cutting room

Taught by Ralph Jean-Pierre, the Sound Editing and Design for the Cutting Room course is for those interested in taking their sound design skills to the next level. The class focuses on sound editing and design for scripted projects and covers the best tools, techniques, and workflows to create complex, immersive sound design.

$199.99 in person, $149.99 via webinar

9am-4pm PST with a lunch break at 12pm in Burbank, CA (Webinar allows remote viewing with ten days of playback)

Importing Audio
- Properly ingesting audio using Audio Import Settings
- Recording audio using the Audio Punch-in Tool
- Creating tone media with Audio Tool
- Syncing audio using Auto Sync

Preparing Your Timeline
- Prepping audio in a bin
- Creating Mono and Stereo Tracks
- Labeling Tracks

Sound Editing
- Understanding the timeline interface, audio settings and tools
- Cleaning up audio and dialogue editing techniques 

Designing Sound
- Using sound effects and music in an avid project 

Using Effects and Plug-ins
- Learning the AudioSuite, Audio EQ, and the Audio Track Effect Tool 
- Using sound effects and music in an avid project 

Sound Mixing
- Mixing audio with the timeline tools using keyframes, volume, and clip gain 
- Using the Audio Mixer
- Setting up a stereo and 5.1 sequence   

Outputting Audio
- Creating audio mixdowns
- Exporting audio in various formats
- Turning over audio for post sound vendors 


  • You must have a laptop or desktop for this class with Avid Media Composer 8.8 or later installed. As long as it hasn’t expired, a trial version of Avid is fine. 8GB of system memory and Windows 7/OS X 10.10 or later are required to run Media Composer 8.8. Computer rentals are available for as little $60/week from Hi-Tech Computer Rental in Burbank. Let us know if you have any questions about system compatibility.

  • A basic understanding of the Avid interface is recommended for this class.

  • Both webinar and in-person tickets give access to the class once it ends with a week of playback on YouTube. Real-time viewing is not required if you’d prefer to watch the class once it’s available on Youtube.

The Instructor

Ralph Jean-Pierre

Ralph Jean-Pierre has worked as an editor and assistant editor in digital media, scripted television and film productions for about 6 years. He has worked on projects such as Comedy Central’s Workaholics, CBS’s CSI: Cyber, and Netflix’s Lost in Space. Currently, he is assisting on his first animated feature film for Warner Animation Group. Having worked on multiple formats and projects, Ralph understands the importance and value of the role that an assistant plays in crafting sound to help shape and tell a story. He hopes to share that knowledge and prepare future assistants with the tools necessary to be strong assets on their future projects.