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Effective: Summer 2015

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 operate Pro Tools hardware and software in an audio production environment according to Avid Certification Training standards.
  • A successful student will explain the Pro Tools file system.
Description -
Pro Tools production concepts and techniques with Avid Certification training material. Recording, editing, routing audio and MIDI data. Managing Pro Tools sessions, using virtual instruments, plug-ins, loop recording, Elastic Audio, Beat Detective and music notation. Conform loops and beats to any tempo. Introduction to control surfaces, automation modes and signal path workflows. Practical applications with examples from professional recording artists including pop, rock, jazz and hip hop. Create tempo maps, meter changes and transpose key signatures. Required for Avid Pro Tools Operator Level Certification.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Complete the Pro Tools User Certification Exam.
  2. Operate Pro Tools in a recording environment to Avid standards.
  3. Explain the Pro Tools file system.
  4. Operate Pro Tools with a control surface.
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 Avid 110 level approved curriculum. (Lec, Lab)
    1. Multitrack editing using assigned groups, both mix and edit. (Lec, Lab)
    2. Application of AAX plug-in effects via busses and aux inserts. (Lec, Lab)
    3. Advanced automation. (Lec, Lab)
    4. Instrument tracks and virtual instruments within the Pro Tools environment. (Lec, Lab)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Pro Tools User Certification Exam.
  2. Hands on demonstration of Pro Tools techniques including keyboard commands and operation of a control surface in a recording environment.
  3. Tests on mixing and mastering theory as presented in the Pro Tools 110 curriculum.
Representative Text(s) -
Cook, Frank. Pro Tools 110. MA: Avid, 2013.

Disciplines -
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. Rack 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.