Fall 2022 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-2347 (Section: 01, CRN: 91748)
Audio Engineering III
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Instructor Information
Instructor Christopher Thompson
Email thompsonca2@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6520
Office Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137 D
Office Hours Mon 12-2 and Thurs 3:30-4:30
Room: 137D Performance Arts Center

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Course Information
Description Advanced practice of procedures and techniques in recording and manipulating audio. Includes digital audio editing, advanced recording techniques, and advanced engineering projects.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

The Recording Engineer’s Handbook by Bobby Oswinski 4th Edition Publisher: Bobby Oswinski Media Group; 4th edition (January 13, 2017)
ISBN-10: 099803304
ISBN-13: 978-0998503301
Mixing Audio by Roey Izhaki 3rd Edition
Publisher: Focal Press; 3rd edition (August 23, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1138859788
ISBN-13: 1138859784

Additional Materials/Resources Hardware/Software
External Firewire/USB3.0/Thunderbolt Hard Drive with minimum 7,200 RPM and Oxford Chip Set (Preferably Avid Certified for use with Pro Tools). Recommendations: Glyph, Lacie, Western Digital or OWC Hard Drive (500 GB or better)
Recommended: Pro Tools 2021.6 or higher (Students qualify for monthly Pro Tools Academic subscription)
An iLok Smart Key (Physical or Cloud-based) is required for authorization of all Pro Tools Academic systems
Any current audio interface that supports Core Audio (Mac OS) or ASIO (Windows) such as the Avid Mbox 3, Focusrite Scarlett, Presonus AudioBox 96, etc.
Pair of Stereo headphones (AKG K240MkII, Sennheiser HD 280 PRO, Sony MDR7506, Audio Technica ATH-M50x, or Beyerdynamic DT 660)
Course Journaling: Google Docs/Blackboard
Computer Requirements: Mac Users OS X 10.15.7 Catalina or higher
PC Users Windows 10 or higher

  • MUSC-2327 Audio Engineering II
Learning Outcomes Utilize recording, editing, and mixing techniques; demonstrate engineering concepts to complete an advanced recording project

Program Student Learning Outcomes Applies commercial music sound technology to professional practice.
• Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
• Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
 • Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession

Lecture Topics Outline Week 1: Review Syllabus and Discussion
Week 2: Review of Studios A & B, including the SSL XL Desk, and Patch Bay Layouts; Vocal Recording, Comping, and Editing
Week 3: Studio Review, continued; Recording Refresher; Punching In; What Makes a Good Take?;
Vocal Recording, Comping, Editing, and Tuning
Week 4: Recording Levels; Communicating with Artists; Session Set-Up; Templates; Vocal Recording
Week 5: Signal Flow; Gain Staging and Headroom; Recording Amps and DI's
Week 6: Advanced Pro Tools Editing; Advanced Comping Tracks; Advanced Using Playlists;
Catch Up Week
Week 7: Recording Drums
Week 8: Advanced Recording Techniques
Week 9: Advanced Recording Techniques
Week 10: Rough Mixes
Week 11: Elements of a Mix
Week 12: Different Approaches to Mixing
Week 13: Balance and Panorama
Week 14: Frequency and EQ
Week 15: Creating and Controlling Dynamic Range; Modulation, Saturation, and Other effects
Major Assignments Schedule Week 2: Metering Quiz; Project Due
Week 3: Communicating with Artists; Session Set-Up; Templates; Vocal Recording; Patch Bay Quiz; Project Due
Week 4: Recording Levels; Signal Flow; Gain Staging and Headroom; Recording Amps and DI's; Project Due
Week 5: Advanced Pro Tools Editing; Advanced Comping Tracks; Advanced Using Playlists; Tuning Test 1; Project Due
Week 6: Catch Up Week; Project Due
Week 7: Recording Drums; Project Due
Week 8: Test 2; Project Due; Advanced Recording
Week 9: Advanced Recording Continued; Project Due
Week 10: Rough Mixes; Project Due
Week 11: Elements of a Mix; Project Due
Week 12: Different Approaches to Mixing; Test 3; Project Due
Week 13: Balance and Panorama; Project Due
Week 14: Frequency and EQ; Project Due
Week 15: Creating and Controlling Dynamic Range; Modulation, Saturation and Other effects; Project Due
Week 16: Comprehensive Test 4; Project Due

Major Assignment Schedule subject to change

Final Exam Date December 6, 2022 - 9:30 AM   Through  December 6, 2022 - 12:30 PM
Grading Scale 100-90=A  89-80=B  79-70=C  69-60=D  Below 59=F
Determination of
Final Grade
Test/quiz/other- 25%
Projects- 60%
Final Project- 15%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies 1.    No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom
2.    Use of electronic devices is prohibited
Your grades will not be discussed over the phones or by email. If you want to discuss your Grades, you must come to my office, in person
Attendance Policy Two days of absence will be allowed but after the two days it will be 5% off your total grade

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Institutional Policies
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Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
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Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520