|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- A successful student will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the studio and production system from the functional standpoint including the small technical details and the impact on the sound of the recorded product.
- A successful student be able to explain the artistic perspective the "life cycle of sound" - from the source (real or virtual instruments) through the production studio and back out of the speakers. All phases of the production studio will be discussed in depth, creating a strong foundation in the understanding of the purpose of the production studio.
|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.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- design an acoustic environment in an alternative space.
- create a recording/production system using computer based software and hardware.
- integrate MIDI keyboards and sound modules into the production system.
- integrate non-digital equipment such as microphones and transducers into a digital production system.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- When taught on campus:
- 30 Macintosh computers.
- 30 MIDI keyboards and MIDI interfaces.
- 30 Avid M-Box USB audio interfaces.
- 30 Pro Tools software installs.
- Video projector and screen.
- When taught via Foothill Global Access:
- On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
- Email address.
- Java-script enabled internet browsing software.
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Basic principles of studio design and construction.
- Acoustic treatments.
- Voltage and wiring considerations.
- Audio hardware design and selection.
- Analog vs. digital mixers.
- Cables, microphones and peripheral accessories.
- USB and Firewire audio interfaces.
- MIDI keyboards and interfaces.
- Computer design and selection.
- Bus speed and track count.
- Cables, microphones and peripheral accessories
- USB and Firewire audio interfaces.
- Software selection and use.
- Audio based production software.
- MIDI based production software.
- Audio/video based production software.
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Evaluated studio designs.
- Weekly quizzes and skills checks.
- Written evaluations of software and hardware combinations.
- Graded recording assignments in various formats.
- Midterm and Final Exams.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Bartlett, Bruce. On Location Recording Techniques. Focal Press, 2012. |
|Disciplines - |
|Commercial Music |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Written assignments that analyze, compare and contrast different audio recording and editing techniques.
- Designing and assembling a multitrack recording for mastering.
- Producing audio projects that include edits to the basic tracks, as well as appropriate plug-ins, such as compression.
|Lab Content - |
|Lab content in online music technology courses includes |
- Lab assignments and experimentation with variances in areas such as formatting media bit rate, sample rate, and media size.
- Assignments in number of plug ins per insert track.
- Bus assignments for efficient recording operation.
- Mastering compression settings.
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Read the specification sheet for an audio software program and provide a written interpretation in layman's language.
- Write a tutorial on setting up various aspects of a home studio, such as the MIDI keyboard wiring matrix.