MUSC-1327-01 - Audio Engineering I
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
House Bill 2504
Fall 2016 Course Syllabus
MUSC-1327-01 - Audio Engineering I
|Instructor||Turner, Kenneth Q|
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|Course Description||Overview of the recording studio. Includes basic studio electronics and acoustic principles, waveform properties, microphone concepts and placement techniques, studio set up and signal flow, console theory, signal processing concepts, multi-track principles and operation, and an overview of mixing and editing.|
Mic It, Ian Corbett, (Taylor and Francis/ Focal Press), ISBN # 9780415823777
Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools, Frank Cook, Cengage Learning, ISBN # 9781285774848
USB Flash Drive (Minimum of 8 GB of Space)
External Firewire/USB 3.0/ Thunderbolt Hard Drive with Minimum 7,200 RPM and Oxford Chip Set (Preferably Avid Certified for use with Pro Tools.) Recommendation: Glyph Hard Drives
One Pair of Stereo Headphones
Notebook for use as a Course Journal
|Attendance Policy||You get one "free" absence before your late/absences start to count against your grade in the Attendance category. After that, each Tuesday and Thursday absence deducts 7.5% of your attendance grade. Showing up to class late three times equals one absence. Leaving class early without a written excuse will also count against your attendance grade in the late column.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||
Class Participation 10%
Weekly Studio Time (Minimum 3 Hours) 10%
Quizzes (x11) 20 %
Tests (x4) 20%
|Final Exam Date||December 6, 2016 - 9:00 AM|
Week 2 Quiz 1
Week 3 Quiz 2
Week 4 Test 1
Week 5 Quiz 3
Week 6 Quiz 4
Week 7 Quiz 5
Week 8 Midterm (Test 2)
Week 9 Quiz 6
Week 10 Quiz 7
Week 11 Quiz 8
Week 12 Test 3
Week 14 Quiz 9
Week 15 Quiz 10
December 6th, 2016 at 9:00 AM Final Exam (Test 4)
Projects Due Week 4, 7, 11, 15
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Week 1: Course Introduction; Syllabus Review; The Studio; Pro Tools Intro; Pretests
Week 2: Audio Basics 1; Pro Tools 101 (contd.); The Console & Patch Bay; Microphones 1; Ear Training; Quiz 1
Week 3: Hands-On Studio 1; Pro Tools 101 (contd.); Audio Basics 2; Quiz 2
Week 4: Hands-On Studio 2; Pro Tools 101 (contd.); Ear Training, What is Good Sound?; Test 1; Project 1 Due
Week 5: Hands-On Studio 3; Pro Tools 101 (contd.); Ear Training; Quiz 3; Project 1 Due
Week 6: Studio Recording; Microphones 2; Vocals; Pro Tools 101 (contd.); Ear Training; Quiz 4
Week 7: The Modern Recording Studio; Pro Tools 101 (contd.); Quiz 5; Project 2 Due
Week 8; Studio Recording; Pro Tools 101 (contd.); Ear Training; What is Phase, and WHY am I avoiding it? Test 2 (Mid Term)
Week 9: Basic Symbols and Signal Flow; More Ear Training; The Drum Kit; Quiz 6
Week 10: Microphones 3; A Quick Look at MIDI and Virtual Instruments; Quiz 7
Week 11: Gain Staging; Guitars and Basses; Quiz 8; Project 3/ Co-op Due
Week 12: Microphones 4; Test 3
Week 13: Intro To Preamps; Quiz 8
Week 14: Intro To Dynamic Processing; Quiz 9
Week 15: Intro To Spatial Effects Processing; Beyond the Basics; Quiz 10; Project 4/ Co-op Due
Lecture topics and due dates are subject to change.
All assigned class assignments/ projects are due on or before the scheduled due date. Late work will incur a 7.5% deduction per day of the assignment's/ project's grade.
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Alpha. Reading Skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-reading area material.
1. Apply commercial music sound technology to their professional practice.
2. Apply commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
3. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
4. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1. Identify acoustic and electronic concepts (PSLO 1)
2. Describe waveform properties (PSLO 1)
3. Explain microphone characteristics and placement (PSLO 1)
4. Describe studio set-up and signal routing (PSLO 1)
5. Explain console and recording operation techniques (PSLO 1)
6. Identify basic recording studio procedures (PSLO 1)
7. Demonstrates comprehension of content-reading area material and vocabulary (PSLO Alpha)
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you wish to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
|ADA Considerations||The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.|
Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
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This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|