Explores the fundamentals of music studio recording production. Topics include recording hardware, ProTools software, microphone technique, signal processing, and post production engineering. Prerequisites: MU 060 or Instructor permission.
Dates: May 20 - June 28, 2019
Syllabus – Studio Production 1 - MU 161 A - Fall 2018 Prof. Joseph Capps firstname.lastname@example.org 802.310.4148 Southwick A322 Description: The study of recording techniques and the software “Pro Tools” including microphone types and placement, recording/mixing console and SIGNAL FLOW, the patchbay, and editing/mixing. Discussion and utilization of limiters, compressors, noise gates, digital delay, equalization and other signal processing equipment used in the multitrack recording process. Recording projects will be required. Course Objective: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have knowledge of the principles presented to record and “mix” projects worthy of commercial acceptability. Required Text(s): 1. Pro Tools 11 “Ignite” – (Andrew Hagerman) Specific weekly topics: Understanding of the signal path/flow Comprehending and using the patch bay Mixing console usage and other interfaces Microphone Preamps Editing and mixing techniques Mixing basics Compression / limiting techniques Usage of reverb and delay Mastering process Homework, Quizzes, Projects, Out-of-Class Preparation: Written assignments may be issued occasionally and collected the following week. Occasional quizzes may also be given. In order to maintain satisfactory standing in this class, approximately two hours per week of out-of-class preparation are required. Attendance and Participation: To succeed in this course you must be present, both in body and mind. Your final grade will be lowered one letter grade for each unexcused physical absence over two. Participation is an essential element of a small seminar – be alert and engaged in class. Grades (approximate) 50% Attendance, participation, homework and quizzes 30% Recorded / Mixed projects 20% Final exam Absolutely no make-up quizzes or exams will be offered without documented emergency. Extra work, such as term papers, cannot be used to substitute for a missed exam or to help improve a grade.
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