Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
2 hours lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory, 3 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 84 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab: 2
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 12/08;1/27/11; 11/16/12

1. Description -
Setup and operation of live sound reinforcement systems. Basic design and operation of analog and digital mixing boards. Microphone type, design, construction and selection. Loudspeaker monitor systems and their application with musical groups and performers. Stereo and multichannel recording techniques for live concert productions. Practice with live musicians in practice and performance settings. Location field recording dialog and ambient sound effects for film and TV synchronized to digital video.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Setup and operate a sound reinforcement system.
  2. Interpret the sound reinforcement needs of a performer or group and design a system based on the performance environment.
  3. Implement and apply designs in both a practice and performance environment.
  4. Read and interpret a set of specifications for sound reinforcement equipment.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. 24/8 analog mixing console.
  2. 2 250 watt amplifiers.
  3. 2 large main speakers.
  4. 2 wedge monitor speakers.
  5. At least 10 dynamic microphones suitable for live performance.
  6. Appropriate and functional cables for microphones and speaker systems.
  7. 10 microphone stands with booms and clips.
  8. At least 2 analog signal processors.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Study and analysis of sound reinforcement systems.
    1. smaller systems that do not require a separate monitor mix. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    2. midsize systems that require a single monitor mix. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    3. Larger systems that require multiple monitor mixes and auxilliary effects. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
  2. Design and implementation of sound reinforcement systems for performing groups/performers. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    1. Single performers using self contained instrumental reinforcement. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    2. Multiple performers with varying instrumental and vocal alignments. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    3. Large ensembles that require multimedia and traditional sound reinforcement. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
  3. Operation of sound systems in both practice and live settings. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
  4. Interpret specifications for sound reinforcement equipment.
    1. Microphone selection based on sound source. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    2. Microphone pattern selection based on acoustic environmental considerations. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    3. Speaker placement based on acoustic design. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
    4. Monitor placement and level settings based on interaction with the performer. (Lec, L-L, Lab)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Successful design and set up of sound reinforcement systems.
    1. Ability to operate a sound reinforcement system without audible feedback, demonstrated in practice settings.
    2. Ability to set up monitor systems and interact with performers to provide a quality performance environment.
  2. Written examinations that analyze microphone specifications and patterns.
  3. Written examinations that compare and contrast acoustic environmental considerations.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Davis, Gary. Sound Reinforcement Handbook. Buena Park, California: Yamaha Publishing, 2009.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
Lab content includes topics such as microphone selection and placement, gain settings, monitor system setup, amplification calculations based on room size, etc. Other items may include subjects such as number of plug ins per insert track, bus assignments for efficient recording operation, and mastering compression settings.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Written critiques and analyses of audio production projects including albums, soundtracks, and broadcast television.
  2. Written summaries documenting technical and artistic elements for corresponding submitted assignments and audio projects.
  3. Written proposals, session logs, learning outcomes and reflections supporting submitted musical works and final master recordings.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA Music Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-02-26 18:45:00

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines