Unit of competency details

CUFSOU301A - Prepare audio assets (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CUASOU304 - Prepare audio assetsUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Minor edits to performance criteria. 13/Jan/2016

ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 29/Oct/2010

Training packages that include this unit

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ICT - Information and Communications TechnologyInformation and Communications Technology 1.0 
ICA11 - Information and Communications Technology Training PackageInformation and Communications Technology Training Package 1.0-2.0 
CUV11 - Visual Arts, Crafts and Design Training PackageVisual Arts, Crafts and Design Training Package 1.0 
CUA - Creative Arts and Culture Training PackageCreative Arts and Culture Training Package 1.0 
CUS09 - MusicMusic 1.1-1.2 
CUE03 - Entertainment Training PackageEntertainment Training Package 3.1-3.2 
CUF07 - Screen and Media Training PackageScreen and Media Training Package 1.2 

Qualifications that include this unit

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CUA30413 - Certificate III in Live Production and ServicesCertificate III in Live Production and ServicesSuperseded
ICA40111 - Certificate IV in Information TechnologyCertificate IV in Information TechnologySuperseded1-2 
ICT40815 - Certificate IV in Digital Media TechnologiesCertificate IV in Digital Media TechnologiesSuperseded
ICT40115 - Certificate IV in Information TechnologyCertificate IV in Information TechnologySuperseded
CUF30107 - Certificate III in MediaCertificate III in MediaSuperseded
ICA40811 - Certificate IV in Digital Media TechnologiesCertificate IV in Digital Media TechnologiesSuperseded
CUS30209 - Certificate III in Technical ProductionCertificate III in Technical ProductionSuperseded1-2 
CUE40303 - Certificate IV in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)Certificate IV in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations)Superseded1-2 
CUF40207 - Certificate IV in Interactive Digital MediaCertificate IV in Interactive Digital MediaSuperseded
CUA40413 - Certificate IV in Live Production and Technical ServicesCertificate IV in Live Production and Technical ServicesSuperseded
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100701 Audio Visual Studies 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 100701 Audio Visual Studies 25/Sep/2008 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

Unit descriptor 

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare audio assets for inclusion in interactive media.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Application of the Unit

Application of the unit 

The size of an enterprise or project determines who undertakes the role described in this unit. In a large-scale environment, the person responsible for this task would typically be supervised by an audio asset creator or audio engineer and an audio programmer or interactive media author.

In a radio station, the prime focus of the task involves converting radio programs into podcast material or in a form appropriate to streaming or downloading, and this may be a dedicated role under the supervision of a producer.

In a smaller enterprise or project, an audio programmer, interactive author or audio/sound engineer would absorb this task into their role.

In all cases, they are collaborating closely with other team members.

Skills associated with other aspects of audio/sound production at this level are covered in:

  • CUSSOU201A Assist with sound recordings
  • CUFSOU204A Perform basic sound editing.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Prerequisite units 

Employability Skills Information

Employability skills 

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Identify audio assets

1. Obtain analogue or digital sources of audio

2. Identify the source file formats 

3. Identify the output purpose , destination  and platform 

4. Discuss with relevant personnel  the required output file format  and audio codecs  for specified bandwidths

5. Discuss with relevant personnel the appropriate audio encoding software 

Prepare audio assets

6. Open appropriate audio encoding software and load audio file

7. Eliminate or treat defects on sound recordings

8. Equalise sound output levels where necessary

9. Ensure duration of audio sequences meets that required by the specification, and adjust if necessary

10. Determine and apply appropriate audio codecs

11. Batch optimise audio files where possible

12. Save files in appropriate output file format using standard naming conventions

Package audio assets

13. Assign metadata tags  if required

14. Group files logically in folder system using standard naming conventions

15. Store in share drive or repository for production team access

Required Skills and Knowledge


This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication and literacy skills sufficient to interpret and clarify written or verbal instructions
  • ability to work as a member of a production team, both independently on assignment and under direction
  • technical skills sufficient to:
  • use audio software to prepare audio sequences for inclusion in interactive media
  • manage files using standard naming conventions
  • apply appropriate metadata tags to describe files
  • self-management and planning skills sufficient to:
  • prioritise work tasks
  • meet deadlines
  • seek expert assistance when problems arise

Required knowledge 

  • industry knowledge, including:
  • roles and responsibilities of project team members, e.g. designers, content creators, information architects, programmers and coders
  • basic understanding of the relationship between the technical and creative aspects and requirements of interactive media projects
  • features of a range of delivery platforms
  • basic understanding of what happens when audio files are compressed for inclusion in interactive media products
  • appropriate codecs for various platforms and destinations
  • digital audio source and output formats
  • equalisation techniques
  • techniques for saving and preparing digital audio output to optimise file size
  • OHS standards as they relate to working for periods of time on computers
  • OHS principles of safe listening (including safeguards against hearing loss)

Evidence Guide


The Evidence Guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • preparation of a range of audio sequences to be included in interactive media products that meet appropriate technical specifications
  • proficient use of audio encoding software.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to industry-current audio encoding software
  • access to appropriate learning and assessment support when required
  • use of culturally appropriate processes and techniques appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of learners and the work being performed.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance
  • evaluation of audio assets prepared by the candidate on a number of occasions
  • written or verbal questioning to test knowledge of codecs for various platforms and understanding of file compression.

Guidance information for assessment 

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

  • CUFDIG301A Prepare video assets.

Range Statement


The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Source file formats  may include:

  • WAV
  • AIFF
  • AU
  • MP3
  • WMA
  • AAC (Apple lossless)
  • OGG.

Purposes  may include:

  • audio sequences, e.g.:
  • SFX (sound effects)
  • music
  • foley
  • atmospherics
  • dialogue
  • additional dialogue, e.g. rerecorded and narration
  • audio sequences incorporated into a:
  • website
  • podcast
  • game
  • learning object
  • interactive application
  • animation.

Destinations  may include:

  • computer-based playback software, e.g. iTunes
  • downloading server
  • internet audio players, e.g.:
  • Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • RealPlayer
  • progressive downloading (buffering) server
  • streaming server.

Platforms  may include:

  • CD
  • digital audio players (e.g. iPod, MP3)
  • DVD
  • games console
  • internet
  • kiosk
  • mobile phone
  • PDA (personal digital assistant).

Relevant personnel  may include:

  • audio engineer
  • clients
  • producer
  • programmers and technical support people
  • supervisor
  • other specialist creative and administrative personnel as appropriate.

Output file formats  include:

  • AAC (advanced audio coding)
  • AMR-NB
  • Apple lossless
  • MP3
  • RAM
  • WMA.

Audio codecs  may include:

  • bit depth
  • bit sampling rates
  • mono or stereo
  • standardised and preset codecs.

Audio encoding software  may include:

  • audio editing tools, e.g.:
  • Audacity
  • Adobe Audition
  • Pro Tools
  • specialised audio compression tools.

Metadata tags  may include:

  • album
  • artist
  • defaults
  • description
  • episode
  • resolution
  • track
  • version.

Unit Sector(s)

Unit sector 

Competency field

Competency field 

Media and entertainment production - audio/sound

Co-requisite units

Co-requisite units