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Effective: Summer 2015
MUS 82APRO TOOLS 101: INTRODUCTION TO PRO TOOLS4 Unit(s)

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will analyze the dynamic spectrum of a multi-track recording.
  • A successful student will operate a midi keyboard within the Pro Tools environment.
Description -
Introduction to Pro Tools with Avid Certification training material. Basic audio editing tools and techniques, plug-ins and mixing in the Pro Tools environment. Build sessions that include multitrack recordings of live instruments, MIDI sequences, virtual instruments, audio loops and beats. Practical experience with examples from major label recording artists and feature films. Understanding menus, windows, preferences and system configurations for Pro Tools in home studios and professional facilities. Intro to automation, dialog editing and audio post production for film and video. Required for Avid Pro Tools Certification.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Analyze the dynamic spectrum of a multitrack recording.
  2. Operate a midi keyboard within the Pro Tools environment.
  3. Explain the Pro Tools file system.
  4. Evaluate and apply selection techniques for audio regions.
  5. Create a stereo mix from a multitrack master using AudioSuite (file-based) plug-ins.
  6. Create fade files from audio tracks.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus:
    1. Classroom with 30 Pro Tools native systems.
    2. 30 Apple iMacs.
    3. Projection system for video and multimedia content.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
    1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
    2. Email address.
    3. Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Study and analysis of mixing and mastering styles in the Pro Tools environment.
    1. Multitrack mastering and editing. (Lec, Lab)
    2. Application of AAX plug-in effects. (Lec, Lab)
    3. Basic automation. (Lec, Lab)
    4. Panning and level assignments. (Lec, Lab)
  2. Planning and theory of multitrack masters in the Pro Tools environment.
    1. Balancing mixes for transparency and clarity. (Lec, Lab)
    2. Masking and fattening stacked tracks for impact. (Lec, Lab)
    3. Application of signal processing for lead delineation. (Lec, Lab)
    4. Automation groups and master faders. (Lec, Lab)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written assignments that analyze, compare and contrast Pro Tools recording techniques.
  2. Designing and assembling a master recording that demonstrates an understanding of the Pro Tools environment.
  3. Tests on mixing and mastering theory as presented in the Pro Tools 101 curriculum.
Representative Text(s) -
Cook, Frank. Pro Tools 101, MA: Avid, 2013.

Disciplines -
Music, Commercial  Music
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion of the techniques for producing audio in Pro Tools.
  2. In-class viewing of Pro Tools sessions followed by instructor-guided interpretation and analysis.
  3. Presentations of major music and post-production projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
  4. Demonstration of techniques for recording. editing, and mixing audio in Pro Tools.
 
Lab Content -
  1. track count
  2. elastic audio settings and rendering levels
  3. plug in and bus considerations
  4. insert tracks and routing importing and exporting file types
  5. bit rate encoding
  6. bouncing audio to disk
  7. consolidating audio regions etc
  8. Other items may include subjects such as number of plug ins per insert track, bus assignments for efficient recording operation, and mastering compression settings.
 
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, television, video games and Internet multi-media.
  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.