Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-1327 (Section: 01, CRN: 91354)
Audio Engineering I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Matthew Roe
Email roemr@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6338
Office Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 155
Office Hours M-W 9am-12pm.
T-Th 11am-12pm, 2pm-3pm.
Additional Contact Information
Course Information
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.
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.

Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Production
Second edition published 2018
by Tim Ditmer
Routlege Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-138-65876-9 (hbk)
ISBN: 978-1-138-65877-6 (pbk)
ISBN: 978-1-315-61817-3 (ebk)

32GB or higher capacity Flash Drive
7200RPM External harddrive or SSD 128GB or higher Capacity
Additional Materials/Resources Studio Headphones - Senheisser HD280, and other similar headphones
Audio Interface
Corequisites/Prerequisites This course does not have any prerequisites, other than some basic understanding of working with a PC or Mac computer.
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)
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1: Applies commercial music sound technology to professional practice.
PSLO 2: Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
PSLO 3: Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
PSLO 4: Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.

Lecture Topics Outline Course Overview; Syllabus Review; Basics of Sound; Pro Tools Intro; Supersaas
Waveforms; Fundamentals of Sound / Transduction; Pro Tools (contd.)
Fundamentals of Sound, Part 2 / The Recording Chain - Preamps Gain Staging
Fundamentals of Sound, Part 3 / TRC - Compression; More Signal Flow
Fundamentals of Sound, Part 4 / TRC - Equalization; Decibels; 0 dB References
RC - Recording Studio; Patch Bays; Critical Listening 1; Mac Lab Usage
RC - The Drum Kit; Stereo Microphone Techniques 1; Phase
Test Review; Impedance - The Highs and Lows; RC - Guitars; Project 1 Due "Pro Tools Session - One"
Compression Revisited
Advanced Signal Flow - Outside the Box, Again
Critical Listening 2
Spatial Effects 1; Yet, More Compression
Putting it All Together - The Basic Rough Mix

Major Assignments Schedule All Assignments Subject to Change

Week 3 - Quiz 1
Week 4 - Quiz 2
Week 5 - Test 1, Assignment 1
Week 6 - Quiz 3
Week 7 -Quiz 4
Week 8 - Midterm, Assingemnt 2
Week 9 - Quiz 5
Week 10 - Quiz 6
Week 11 - Test 2
Week 12 - Quiz 7, Assignment 3
Week 13 - Quiz 8
Week 14 - Quiz 9
Week 15 - Quiz 10
Week 16 - Final
Final Exam Date December 12, 2023 - 3:0 PM   Through  December 12, 2023 - 5:45 PM
Grading Scale 90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests - 50%, Quizzes - 10%, Assignments - 10%, Projects - 15%, Final Exam/Project - 15%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Students can email me at anytime,
All grades will be available on Blackboard.
No late work will be accepted.
Attendance Policy After ONE unexcused Absence, Each unexcused absence will result in a reduction of one letter grade.
TWO unexcused absences means the highest letter grade achievable will be a B.
THREE unexcused absences means the highest letter grade achievable will be a C.
FOUR unexcused absences means the highest letter grade achievable will be a D.

Any excused absences must be communicated to the instructor via email BEFORE the missed class, or in case of medical emergency ASAP.

Anyone arriving to class later than 10 minutes will be listed as Tardy. Two tardies = absent
Anyone arriving to class later than 20 minutes will be listed as absent.

Unexcused Absence = Anything within the students control; Doctor Appointments, Traffic, Etc
Excused Absence = Anything out of the students control communicated in advance to the instructor and accepted at the instructor's discretion.
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
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 diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 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.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

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