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: 12/9;11/11;11/12;10/14

1. Description -
Creative applications of Pro Tools hardware and software Plug-Ins used in contemporary music production and sound design. Signal processing, equalization, compression, Beat Detective, distortion, reverb, delay, pitch correction, modulation, advanced plug-in automation techniques. Compare plug-ins and processors from different companies including Sonnox, McDSP, Massey, Avid, Antares and Waves. Waves Certification Program textbook provides high-quality, standardized means of mastering Waves plug-ins. Successful completion achieves Waves Certification Level A.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Apply AAX and RTAS plug ins directly to a track in a multitrack recording.
  2. Apply AAX and RTAS plug ins to multiple tracks via busses and aux tracks in a multitrack recording.
  3. Explain equalization and compression techniques as standardized in the modern recording industry.
  4. Create a master track and apply various styles of mastering compression to the final mix.
  5. Pitch correct a vocal and instrumental track with Antares Auto Tune with no audible artifacts.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus:
    1. Classroom with 31 Avid Pro Tools system and appropriate versions of Pro Tools.
    2. 31 Apple iMacs.
    3. Projection system for video and multimedia content.
    4. Waves Level I software bundle.
  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. Applying AAX and RTAS plug-ins to a Pro Tools Session.
    1. Use and application of all Avid distributed plug-ins. (Lec, Lab)
    2. Use and application of all McDSP distrubuted plug-ins. (Lec, Lab)
    3. Antares Auto-Tune. (Lec, Lab)
  2. Creative application of AAX plug-ins.
    1. Applying pitch correction via Auto-Tune applied to vocals and solo instrumental tracks. (Lec, Lab)
    2. Design and application of groove quantization using Beat Detective to alter rhythmic characteristics of both MIDI, Virtual Instrument, and audio tracks. (Lec, Lab)
    3. Design and application of proper equalization and compression techniques. (Lec, Lab)
    4. Design and application of plug-in automation. (Lec, Lab)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written examinations on plug-in parameters and application.
  2. Preparation and presentation of a recording edited and altered via the use of both AAX and RTAS plug ins.
  3. Lab assignments targeting specific plug in techniques.
  4. In person demonstration of plug in applications.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Waves. Waves Certification Level 1. Waves. 2014.
Other written materials provided by the instructor and delivered online.

8. Disciplines -
Music, Commercial  Music
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations that demonstrate modern signal processing techniques.
  2. Classroom discussions that address the history and evolution of analog and digital signal processing as applied to music production and sound design for film and television.
  3. Group presentations followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
10. Lab Content -
Lab content includes topics such as microphone modeling with DSP (digital signal processing), gain settings, monitor system setup, and amplification calculations based on system requirements. Other items may include subjects such as number of plug-ins per insert track, bus assignments for efficient recording operation, and 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. 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 in Music Technology and a required core course for the Certificate of Achievement in Pro Tools.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-03-03 11:01:27

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines