Forensic Audio Fundamentals: Hear and How
October 1 - October 8
To be scheduled for early Spring 2021.
Forensic Audio Fundamentals: Hear & How is a 5 day hands-on class that will introduce the principles of recorded sound, basic processing techniques, and best practices for working with, and clarifying digital audio.
LOCATION: Rocky Mountain Information Network, 2001West Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Anyone performing audio analysis or wanting to learn. No previous experience necessary. Class size is limited to 24 students.
WHO CAN APPLY? LEVA membership is NOT required. No academic pre-requisites.
NOTE: Basic computer skills are required to complete this training. Students must provide own laptop with admin rights (to load demo software) and the following operating system:
Mac: OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion–macOS 10.15 Catalina,
PC: Win 7–Win 10
OVERVIEW: Students will learn how to improve audio recording issues with currently available software tools, including an in depth review of the iZotope RX software features and processes. Attendees will also receive information on forensic audio reference resources.
Students will learn through lecture and hands-on exercises, to identify, and address common audio issues using currently available tools. Multiple hands-on exercises will be included during each module.
- Audio Core Competencies
- Basic Terminology / Concepts
- Science and Physics of Sound
- Speech Characteristics
- Types and Makeup of Noise
- Fundamentals of Recording and Playback Devices
- Analog vs. Digital Considerations
- Viewing Audio Signal and Analysis
- Basic Audio Processing techniques
- Critical Listening
Working with Audio
- Overview of Software Tools
- Equipment Configuration / Verification
- Preliminary Examination / Basic Enhancement Techniques
- Special Considerations for Audio from Video Files
- Audio Enhancement Workflow
Forensic Audio Best Practices
- Audio Evidence Handling
- Court Issues
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Allen Combs is a LEVA Certified Forensic Video Technician. He is the chief forensic analyst for Combs Forensic Services, and has completed hundreds of forensic audio, video, and image investigations for criminal and civil cases in the United States and abroad. Allen provides forensic audio and video training to top law enforcement agencies, foreign governments, and public and private sector forensic specialists from all over the world. Allen also serves as a technical assessor for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, has provided consultation to several media outlets, and is an active member of multiple professional industry organizations.
CREDITS / CERTIFICATE: This course provides 40 credit hours toward LEVA Certification. LEVA will also issue a certificate to each student who completes the course.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION: Students are responsible for securing their own lodging and all ground transportation to / from the airport and between the hotel and class each day.
Recommended hotels (*indicates breakfast included):
- Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix North Happy Valley
- *Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix North-Happy Valley
- *Hampton Inn and Suites North– North Happy Valley
Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) 30 minutes from training site and hotels
ADVISORY: The course will end by 4:00 P.M. on that Friday. Students should avoid scheduling a flight out Friday evening before 6:00 P.M.
MEALS: All meals are the responsibility of students. No cafeteria at the training site.
Unless otherwise arranged with LEVA, students accepted to attend must pay the course fee by September 11, 2020. Payment options are check, credit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express only).
APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA
REFUND POLICY: With the exception of war, government regulation, disaster (health, natural, human-caused), or strikes, no refunds once tuition received. In the event a student must cancel, a credit will be given to apply the amount to a future LEVA class. Credit from class cannot be applied for the annual LEVA symposium registration.
Graduates of the course receive a LEVA certificate indicating completion of the 40-hour curriculum. That certificate should NOT be interpreted as a certification of any type. Registering for any LEVA class indicates they fully understand they are not receiving any certification from any one LEVA course and must refer to this training as LEVA’s on their resume, CV or any discoverable document. This class is not conducted to officially endorse any product or service.
Additional Information Needed?
For additional information regarding this course or any LEVA training, contact Mr. Jan Garvin, LEVA Executive Director, at (540) 842-1742 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org