Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-2327- Section: 02
Audio Engineering II
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kenneth Turner
Phone(409) 984-6547
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 137 D
Hours:MW 9am-12pm; TR 8am-9am
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Implementation of the recording process, including microphones, audio console, multi-track recorder, and signal processing devices.
Prerequisites MUSC 1427 Audio Engineering I
Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material. (PSLO Alpha)
2. Utilize advanced recording techniques (PSLO 2,3)
3. Utilize basic editing techniques (PSLO 2)
4. Demonstrate Engineering concepts to complete an advanced recording projects (PSLO 2,3,4)
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes 1. PSLO Alpha: Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
2. Apply commercial music sound technology to their professional practice.
3. Apply commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
4. Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
5. Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
Textbooks Modern Recording Techniques, 9th ed., by David Miles Huber
(Text or eBook)

Other Materials Needed:
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, Lacie, or OWC Hard Drives
Pair of stereo headphones (AKG K240MkII, Sennheiser HD 280 PRO, Sony MDR7506, Audio Technica ATH-M50x, or Beyerdynamic DT 660 (Earbuds can be substituted for use in labs)
Notebook/ Course Journal
Dropbox Account (Basic, Plus or Pro)
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Course Introduction; Syllabus Review; Assignment Review - The Portfolio Archive; Delivery Methods; "After the Break?"; Audio I Review - Workflow and Delivery Definitions; Qualifying the Client

Week 2: Audio Review Continued - Connectivity; Set Yourself Apart; Pro Tools Restart; Critical Listening; Records and Invoicing

Week 3: Modern Recording Spaces; Pro Tools Continued - Pre-production/ MIDI session

Week 4: Critical Listening II; Basics Session

Week 5: Analog and Digital Signal Flow - Outside the Box; Guitar/ Horn Session

Week 6: Audio Theory; Background Vocal Session and Ad-Libs; Pitch Correction; B-Mix 1

Week 7: Decibels; Not So Basic Audio Theory; Review; Lead Vocal Session

Week 8: Commercial Production; Sweetening Session

Week 9: Analog/ Hardware Recording; Commercial Production Continued; CD's; B-Mix 2

Week 10: Comparing Analog/ Digital Recording, Timbre; Critical Listening III; Ready to Mix - Final Steps

Week 11: Basic Signal Processing; The Mix Down

Week 12: Mixing Continued; Ableton/ Prime Mix Stems; Performance Mixes

Week 13: THE CLIENT; Advanced Signal Processing - Outside the Box

Week 14: Critical Listening IV

Week 15: Mastering

Lecture topics subject to change, based upon class need.
Major Assignments
Week 1: Delivery Assignment

Week 2: Quiz 1; Qualify Assignment

Week 3: Quiz 2; Audit

Week 4: Critical Listening II Assignment; Archive 1 Due

Week 5: Quiz 3; Arranging Assignment

Week 6: Quiz 4; Audit; Pitch Correction Assignment

Week 7: Delivery Assignment 2; Archive 2 Due

Week 8: Midterm Exam

Week 9: Commercial Spot/ Delivery Assignment 3; Audit

Week 10: Critical Listening III Quiz 5; Archive 3 Due

Week 11: Quiz 6; Signal Processing Assignment

Week 12: Quiz 7; Delivery Assignment 4; Audit

Week 13: Archive 4 Due

Week 14: Critical Listening Quiz IV Quiz 8; Audit

Week 15: Audit

Week 16: Final Project Due

Assignments and testing schedule subject to change, based upon class need.

Final Exam Date May 14, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Archives* - 35%
Assignments - 25%
Quizzes,Tests - 20%
Documentation - 20%

Course Policies
Instructor Policies I will not discuss your grades over the phone or by email. If you want to discuss your grades, you must come to my office, in person.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.

You get one "free" absence before your late/ absences start to count against your grade. After that, each absence deducts two percentage points from your final grade. If you are late for class or leave class early three times, it will count as one unexcused absence. More than five unexcused absences will result in a failing grade for the course.
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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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.
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Other Studio/ Lab Policy - The equipment in the recording studios and the Mac Lab must always be treated with respect and care. In the Mac Lab, headphones should be used at all times and an acceptable volume level must be maintained. Please notify instructor or student worker immediately if there is a problem with the equipment. Students who show disregard for the instruments/ equipment will be asked to leave the class session.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.