Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

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

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 72 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 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: 1/211; 11/12; 10/14

1. Description -
Creating and editing digital audio with Pro Tools and Reason. Introduction to Reason's virtual instruments including Dr. Rex, Subtractor, Malstrom, Thor, Redrum and NN-XT. Songwriting, musical composition, and the basic elements of music (pitch, rhythm, harmony, style and form) as they relate to contemporary music. Introduction to synthesis and digital sampling techniques. Integrate Reason and Pro Tools using ReWire, Pro Tools MIDI Editor and the Pro Tools Mixer.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss the principles of digital sampling and signal processing.
  2. Evaluate and interpret musical sound as a guide to the creation and editing of samples.
  3. Explain the principles of, and apply signal processing to original samples.
  4. Organize a digital music ensemble integrating synthesizers, drum machines,samplers and signal processors using a Macintosh computer as a control device.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus:
    1. 31 Macintosh computers, MIDI keyboards and MIDI interfaces.
    2. 31 Avid Pro Tools systems.
    3. Video projector and screen.
    4. 31 Pro Tools software installs.
    5. 31 Reason software installs.
  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.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Study and analysis of sampling.
    1. Digital sampling.
      1. Sampling thresholds and the Nyquist frequency. (Lec, Lab)
      2. Looping. (Lec, Lab)
      3. Layering and multisampling. (Lec, Lab)
  2. Study of signal processors.
    1. Equalization. (Lec, Lab)
    2. Reverb and delay. (Lec, Lab)
    3. Chorusing and Flanging. (Lec, Lab)
    4. Pitch following. (Lec, Lab)
  3. Intermediate MIDI applications.
    1. Software based sequencers. (Lec, Lab)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Graded lab assignments in the operation of samplers, signal processors and MIDI sequencers.
  2. Tests on creating, looping, editing and mixing samples of acoustic and digital devices to an industry standard.
  3. Preparing digital sequences from a set of specifications for application in a MIDI environment, and evaluated from those specifications.
  4. Written assignments on the principles of sampling.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Parsons, Alan. Art & Science Of Sound Recording. Hal Leonard Books, 2014.
Other written materials provided by the instructor and delivered online.

8. Disciplines -
Commercial Music
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations that demonstrate the integration of Reason software to enhance Pro Tools software capabilities.
  2. Classroom discussions that address the history of hardware synthesizers and the evolution of hardware emulation with Reason software.
  3. Group presentations followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
10. Lab Content -
  1. MIDI
    1. Implementation and drivers.
    2. Velocity and aftertouch.
    3. Multiple routing assignments
  2. Virtual Instruments
    1. Layering.
    2. Volume matching.
    3. Panning.
  3. Audio
    1. Tempo matching via time compression expansion.
    2. Elastic Audio.
  4. ReWire
    1. ReWiring secondary applications via insert tracks and bus assignments.
    2. Plug in applications using internal busses affecting external applications.
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, 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Music Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-03 10:55:56

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines