Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: 1 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: 12/14/10; 11/16/12;10/13

1. Description -
Design, set up and operation of an audio/video recording studio in a small environment. Space considerations, electrical requirements and acoustic treatment options. Computer requirements including processor speed, memory requirements, data storage devices and monitor selection/placement. MIDI keyboard types and compatibility, mixer selection and setup, cable selection and care, microphone design, and USB/firewire interface options. Software programs and compatibility issues. How to produce recordings from start to finish in a home studio.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. design an acoustic environment in an alternative space.
  2. create a recording/production system using computer based software and hardware.
  3. integrate MIDI keyboards and sound modules into the production system.
  4. integrate non-digital equipment such as microphones and transducers into a digital production system.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus:
    1. 30 Macintosh computers.
    2. 30 MIDI keyboards and MIDI interfaces.
    3. 30 Avid M-Box USB audio interfaces.
    4. 30 Pro Tools software installs.
    5. Video projector and screen.
  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. Basic principles of studio design and construction.
    1. Acoustic treatments.
    2. Voltage and wiring considerations.
  2. Audio hardware design and selection.
    1. Analog vs. digital mixers.
    2. Cables, microphones and peripheral accessories.
    3. USB and Firewire audio interfaces.
    4. MIDI keyboards and interfaces.
  3. Computer design and selection.
    1. Bus speed and track count.
    2. Cables, microphones and peripheral accessories
    3. USB and Firewire audio interfaces.
  4. Software selection and use.
    1. Audio based production software.
    2. MIDI based production software.
    3. Audio/video based production software.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluated studio designs.
  2. Weekly quizzes and skills checks.
  3. Written evaluations of software and hardware combinations.
  4. Graded recording assignments in various formats.
  5. Midterm and Final Exams.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Bartlett, Bruce. On Location Recording Techniques. Focal Press, 2012.

8. Disciplines -
Commercial Music
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Written assignments that analyze, compare and contrast different audio recording and editing techniques.
  2. Designing and assembling a multitrack recording for mastering.
  3. Producing audio projects that include edits to the basic tracks, as well as appropriate plug-ins, such as compression.
10. Lab Content -
Lab content in online music technology courses includes
  1. Lab assignments and experimentation with variances in areas such as formatting media bit rate, sample rate, and media size.
  2. Assignments in number of plug ins per insert track.
  3. Bus assignments for efficient recording operation.
  4. 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. Read the specification sheet for an audio software program and provide a written interpretation in layman's language.
  2. Write a tutorial on setting up various aspects of a home studio, such as the MIDI keyboard wiring matrix.
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: 2014-02-25 15:20:47

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines