|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.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Manage different configurations of an acoustic environment in an alternative space.
- Operate a recording/production system using computer based software and hardware.
- Integrate virtual instruments into the production system.
- integrate non-digital equipment such as microphones and transducers into a digital production system.
- Mix and master an original recording and format it for both CD and mp3 delivery.
|3. 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.
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Intermediate operation of a non-traditional recording system.
- Acoustic treatments in various configurations.
- Recording techniques and microphone placement.
- Multi-take recording and composite tracks.
- Audio hardware operation.
- Digital and virtual mixers.
- Condenser vs. dynamic microphones.
- Use multiple external firewire drives.
- Software selection and use.
- Audio based production software.
- Virtual instruments in the production environment.
- Rewire and multiple program operation.
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Evaluated original recordings.
- Weekly quizzes and skills checks.
- Written evaluations of software and hardware combinations.
- 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 - |
- Lecture presentations and discussion using the language of audio technology.
- Lab assignments in audio production.
|10. Lab Content - |
- Creating digital sessions in Pro Tools.
- Adding auxilliary tracks.
- Creating bus sends to FX tracks.
- Designating and adding plug-ins to FX tracks.
- Bouncing sessions to stereo audio files in all formats (.wav, .M4A, etc.)
- 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 - |
- Written critiques and analyses of audio production projects including albums, soundtracks, television, video games and Internet multi-media.
- Written summaries documenting technical and artistic elements for corresponding submitted assignments and audio projects.
- 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. |