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Effective: Summer 2015

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will modify plug-ins configurations utilizing internal bus paths and aux tracks in a multitrack recording.
  • A successful student will correct pitch intonation discrepancies on mono and polyphonic material.
Description -
Audio processing and mixing techniques using Pro Tools Plug-Ins with Waves Gold Certification Training material. Study and compare plug-ins from different manufactures including Sonnox, McDSP, Massey, Avid, Antares and Waves. Drum sample triggering and audio quantizing techniques. Apply Melodyne and Autotune pitch correction, EQ and compression, Elastic Audio editing. Sound restoration plug-ins, forensic audio enhancement, convolution reverbs, virtual instruments, advanced plug-in automation and signal processing techniques. Example exercises include sound design plug-ins for music, film, and video games. Successful completion achieves Waves Gold Level Certification.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Apply AAX, RTAS and AudioSuite plug-ins directly to a track or clip in a multitrack Pro Tools session.
  2. Modify plug-ins configurations utilizing internal buss paths and aux tracks in a multitrack recording.
  3. Explain frequency based, time based, pitch based and modulation based techniques as standardized in the modern recording industry.
  4. Create a master stereo audio file and apply various styles of signal processing to the final, deliverable mix.
  5. Correct pitch intonation discrepancies on mono and polyphonic material
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 Gold Level 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.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Applying AAX, RTAS and Audio Suite 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 Elastic Audio Plug-ins algorithms: Rhythmic, Monophonic. Polyphonic. (Lec, Lab)
    2. Groove Extraction to conform audio regions and MIDI data. (Lec, Lab)
    3. Signal path strategies for summing multiple processors into cohesive sound fields. (Lec, Lab)
    4. Using playlists to edit multiple views of automation data. (Lec, Lab)
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.
Representative Text(s) -
Waves. Waves Gold Certification. Waves. 2014.
Other written materials provided by the instructor and delivered online.

Disciplines -
Music, Commercial  Music
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations that demonstrate advanced audio signal processing technologies.
  2. Classroom discussions that address the history and evolution of frequency, time, pitch, and modulation based signal processing.
  3. Group presentations followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
Lab Content -
  1. 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.
  2. Other items may include subjects such as number of plug-ins per insert track, bus assignments for efficient recording operation, and mastering compression settings.
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.