SAQA All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.
SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Craft basic sound with a tone generator 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114561  Craft basic sound with a tone generator 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music Industry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Music 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The purpose of this unit standard is to enable learners to operate the basics of a tone generator.

These competencies show expectations that learners can recognize, make sound judgement and use basic operations regarding the most effective technologies to use in specific situations. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners should have attained the outcomes of NQF Level 3 outcomes regarding mathematics, literacy, computers and music in the Further Education and Training (FET) Band, before embarking on learning towards this Unit Standard (since this Unit Standard builds on these competencies). Life Skills level 2 is recommended. NQF Level 3: Ear Training and Protection competencies are also recommended 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The range of this Unit Standard is reflected in the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Set up a tone generator for sound crafting. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
MIDI connections on an out board tone generator are set up to transmit and receive signals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Input/outputs are allocated to ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Power is supplied to a out board tone generator with 220v using the appropriate adapters to ensure stable power supply 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Specified plug in was installed and loaded to ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
MIDI channels were allocated to ensure MIDI communications 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
MIDI controller/keyboard was set up to ensure communications and signal flow 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Identify and evaluate the functions and controls of a tone generator. 
OUTCOME NOTES 
Identify and evaluate the functions and controls of a tone generator in preparation for the use of the tone generator. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Oscillators are identified and evaluated for ability enable tuning 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Wave forms are identified and evaluated for ability to determine wave shape 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The envelope generator applied to the oscillators are identified and evaluated for ability to determine the pitch of the oscillators 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The envelope generator applied to the filters are identified and evaluated for ability to determine the timber (tone colour) of the sound 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The envelopes generators applied to the amplifier are identified and evaluated for ability to determine the gain over time 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
ADSR (attack decay sustain release) functions are identified and evaluated for ability to determine their functions 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
LFO (low frequency oscillator) is identified and evaluated for ability to determine the source of modulation 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
Modulation and pitch bend wheels are identified and evaluated for ability to determine the external effect 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Use the functions and controls of a tone generator to craft sound. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Oscillators are tuned to specified tunings to ensure required pitch 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Specified wave forms are selected to ensure the appropriate wave shape for the specified sound required 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The envelope generator applied to the oscillators is used to simulate the pitch of specified instrument 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The envelope generator applied to the filters is used to modulate the filters cut off frequency while the note is sustained 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The envelopes generators applied to the amplifier is used to control the characteristics of the ADSR 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
LFO (low frequency oscillator) is assigned to the oscillator, filter and amplifier to ensure modulation 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
Attack is adjusted to determine how fast the envelope takes to reach its peak from the moment the note is on 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
Decay is adjusted to determine how the envelope will respond immediately after it reaches its peak 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
Sustain is adjusted to determine how the envelope will behave while the note is being held 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
Release is adjusted to determine how the envelope will respond after the note has been released 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Edit and customise the basic sounds in a tone generator to craft sound. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The sounds of brass (saw tooth) are edited and customised to ensure specified requirements and tone colours 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Bass sounds (square wave) are edited and customised to ensure specified requirements and tone colours 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
String sounds are edited and customised to ensure specified requirements and tone colours 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Flute type (sine wave) sounds are edited and customised to ensure specified requirements and tone colours 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Short percussive sounds are edited and customised to ensure specified requirements and tone colours 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Edited and customised sounds are named, saved and stored to ensure recall 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Basic sound equipment types, specifications and terminology
  • Basic computer and media terminology, specifications and standards
  • Basic digital editing and sound manipulation procedures
  • Tone generator manual specifications 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when editing and customising the basic sounds in a tone generator to craft sound 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Employ self management when identifying and evaluating the functions and controls of a tone generator in preparation for the use of the tone generator 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Manage information when editing and customising the basic sounds in a tone generator to craft sound 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate basic technological competence when crafting sound in general 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand contextual world-systems when setting up a tone generator for sound crafting 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  67462   Further Education and Training Certificate: Music Industry: Sound Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  67354   Further Education and Training Certificate: Piano Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.