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: 12/2007; 11/12;10/2013

1. Description -
In-depth operation of an audio/video recording studio in a small environment. Microphone selection and placement, creative sound treatments in non-traditional environments, and application of plug-in effects. Use of auxilliary tracks and busses. Mixing and mastering in various digital formats.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Manage different configurations of an acoustic environment in an alternative space.
  2. Operate a recording/production system using computer based software and hardware.
  3. Integrate virtual instruments into the production system.
  4. integrate non-digital equipment such as microphones and transducers into a digital production system.
  5. Mix and master an original recording and format it for both CD and mp3 delivery.
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. Intermediate operation of a non-traditional recording system.
    1. Acoustic treatments in various configurations.
    2. Recording techniques and microphone placement.
    3. Multi-take recording and composite tracks.
  2. Audio hardware operation.
    1. Digital and virtual mixers.
    2. Condenser vs. dynamic microphones.
    3. Use multiple external firewire drives.
  3. Software selection and use.
    1. Audio based production software.
    2. Virtual instruments in the production environment.
    3. Rewire and multiple program operation.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Evaluated original recordings.
  2. Weekly quizzes and skills checks.
  3. Written evaluations of software and hardware combinations.
  4. Graded recording assignments in various formats.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Hunter, David. The Home Recording Handbook. 1st Ed. Winona, Minnesota, Hal Leonard, 2012.
Savage, Steven. The Art of Digital Audio Recording. 11th Ed. Oxford University Press, 2011.

8. Disciplines -
Commercial Music
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and discussion using the language of audio technology.
  2. Lab assignments in audio production.
10. Lab Content -
  1. Creating digital sessions in Pro Tools.
  2. Adding auxilliary tracks.
  3. Creating bus sends to FX tracks.
  4. Designating and adding plug-ins to FX tracks.
  5. Bouncing sessions to stereo audio files in all formats (.wav, .M4A, etc.)
  6. FTP sessions and files to a remote server.
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: 2014-02-25 15:22:51

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines