Audio Engineer Test

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Audio Engineer Test - Quiz

Please take this test to assess your skills before applying for the audio engineer position.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which one of these is not a Quicktime (.MOV) movie codec?

    • A.

      Apple ProRes

    • B.

      H.264

    • C.

      Photo-Jpeg

    • D.

      AVI

    Correct Answer
    D. AVI
    Explanation
    AVI is not a Quicktime (.MOV) movie codec. AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is a multimedia container format developed by Microsoft. It is commonly used on Windows operating systems but is not compatible with Quicktime. Quicktime (.MOV) movie codecs include Apple ProRes, H.264, and Photo-Jpeg, which are all widely used for video compression and playback on various platforms.

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  • 2. 

    What can you NOT do in Pro Tools 9 or 10, non HD.

    • A.

      Import multiple videos into the same session.

    • B.

      Import an OMF.

    • C.

      Export MP3 files.

    • D.

      Bounce to disk.

    Correct Answer
    A. Import multiple videos into the same session.
    Explanation
    In Pro Tools 9 or 10, non HD, you cannot import multiple videos into the same session. This means that you are limited to working with only one video file at a time in these versions of Pro Tools. Importing multiple videos into the same session allows for more flexibility in working with multiple video sources simultaneously, which is not possible in Pro Tools 9 or 10, non HD.

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  • 3. 

    What is the name of the cable that runs from a 192 I/O to the HD Accel card?

    • A.

      Avid Pro Connect

    • B.

      DigiLink

    • C.

      USB

    • D.

      Serial

    Correct Answer
    B. DigiLink
    Explanation
    The cable that runs from a 192 I/O to the HD Accel card is called DigiLink. This cable is specifically designed for connecting Avid audio interfaces to Pro Tools HD systems, allowing for high-quality audio transfer and synchronization between the devices. USB and Serial are not the correct answers as they are not specific to this particular connection. Avid Pro Connect is also not the correct answer as it is a software application for remote control and collaboration, not a physical cable.

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  • 4. 

    Of what must you be mindful when displaying your reference picture from Pro Tools on an external screen?

    • A.

      Overall volume level.

    • B.

      Maximum total track count.

    • C.

      Video sync offset.

    • D.

      Hardware playback buffer size.

    Correct Answer
    C. Video sync offset.
    Explanation
    When displaying your reference picture from Pro Tools on an external screen, you need to be mindful of the video sync offset. This refers to the delay between the audio and video playback, which can cause synchronization issues. It is important to ensure that the audio and video are perfectly aligned to avoid any discrepancies or timing errors.

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  • 5. 

    At what frequency is the standard reference tone used to calibrate audio equipment?

    • A.

      20kHz

    • B.

      4kHz

    • C.

      20Hz

    • D.

      1kHz

    Correct Answer
    D. 1kHz
    Explanation
    The standard reference tone used to calibrate audio equipment is typically set at a frequency of 1kHz. This frequency is commonly used because it falls within the range of human hearing and is easily distinguishable. It serves as a benchmark for audio equipment calibration, ensuring that the equipment reproduces sound accurately and consistently.

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  • 6. 

    The track meters in Pro Tools show what type of levels?

    • A.

      DbVU

    • B.

      DbFS

    • C.

      DbU

    • D.

      DbLKFS

    Correct Answer
    B. DbFS
    Explanation
    The track meters in Pro Tools show levels in dbFS. dbFS stands for decibels Full Scale, which is a measurement of the audio signal's level in relation to the maximum digital level allowed. This measurement is commonly used in digital audio systems to ensure that the audio signal does not exceed the maximum level and cause distortion or clipping.

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  • 7. 

    How many control values are available for MIDI velocity?

    • A.

      256

    • B.

      128

    • C.

      Infinity

    • D.

      64

    Correct Answer
    B. 128
    Explanation
    MIDI velocity is a parameter that determines the intensity or volume of a note played on a MIDI instrument. It ranges from 0 to 127, which gives a total of 128 control values. Therefore, the correct answer is 128.

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  • 8. 

    What can you NOT do with a Time Machine backup on a Mac?

    • A.

      Boot directly from the drive

    • B.

      Restore all system settings

    • C.

      Retrieve files older than 1 week

    • D.

      Exclude some system drives from the backup

    Correct Answer
    A. Boot directly from the drive
    Explanation
    With a Time Machine backup on a Mac, you cannot boot directly from the drive. Time Machine backups are designed to restore files, applications, and system settings, but they do not allow you to boot the Mac directly from the backup drive. Booting directly from the drive would require creating a bootable clone or using a different backup solution.

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  • 9. 

    On a 3-pin XLR cable, pins 1, 2 and 3 carry what voltage on them, respectively?

    • A.

      An XLR cable carries audio, not voltage

    • B.

      Postive, negative, ground

    • C.

      Ground, positive, negative

    • D.

      Ground, negative, positive

    Correct Answer
    C. Ground, positive, negative
    Explanation
    An XLR cable carries audio signals, not voltage. The pins on a 3-pin XLR cable are designated for different purposes. Pin 1 is used for the ground connection, pin 2 carries the positive audio signal, and pin 3 carries the negative audio signal.

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  • 10. 

    The poximity effect is:

    • A.

      The number given to an object to gauge its sound absorption ability

    • B.

      The effect on the cochlea incurred when headphones are used too long

    • C.

      The difference in frequency resonance of two closely vibrating objects

    • D.

      The increase in low frequencies resulting from speaking closer to a microphone

    Correct Answer
    D. The increase in low frequencies resulting from speaking closer to a microphone
    Explanation
    The proximity effect refers to the increase in low frequencies when speaking or singing closer to a microphone. This phenomenon occurs because of the way sound waves interact with the microphone's diaphragm. When the sound source is close to the microphone, the bass frequencies are emphasized, resulting in a warmer and richer sound. This effect is commonly used in audio recording and broadcasting to achieve a desired tonal quality.

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