Summer Sessions 2021 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-2347- Section: 01
Audio Engineering III
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|Description||Advanced practice of procedures and techniques in recording and manipulating audio. Includes digital audio editing, advanced recording techniques, and advanced engineering projects.|
MUSC 1327 Audio Engineering I
MUSC 2327 Audio Engineering II
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)
* 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||
PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1: Applies commercial music sound technology to professional practice.
SLO 1: Students will apply commercial music sound technology to professional practice.
PSLO 2: Applies commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice.
SLO 2: Students will apply commercial music performance skill to support sound engineering practice. PSLO 3: Applies basic music industry principles to professional practice.
SLO 3: Students will apply basic music industry principles to professional practice.
PSLO 4: Demonstrates professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession. SLO 4: Students will demonstrate professional behavior as characterized by a commitment to the profession.
(Recording Arts Technology/Technician)
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The Recording Engineer's Handbook By Bobby Oswinski 4th Edition
Publisher: Bobby Owsinski Media Group; 4 edition (January 13, 2017)
Mixing Audio By Roey Izhaki 3rd Edition
Publisher: Focal Press; 3rd edition (August 23, 2017)
Week 1: Overview and Assessment; Studio Review
Week 2: Studio Review; Recording Refresher; Punching In; What Makes a Good Take?; Vocal Recording, Comping, Editing, and Tuning Continued
Week 3: Recording Levels; Communicating with Artists; Session Set-Up; Templates; Vocal Recording
Week 4: Signal Flow; Gain Staging and Headroom; Recording Amps and DI's
Week 5: Advanced Pro Tools Editing; Advanced Comping Tracks; Advanced Using Playlists
Week 6: Catch Up Week; Recording Drums; Advanced Recording Techniques
Week 7: Rough Mixes; Elements of a Mix
Week 8: Different Approaches to Mixing
Week 9: Balance and Panorama
Week 10: Frequency and EQ
Week 11: Creating and Controlling Dynamic Range; Modulation, Saturation, and Other effects
Week 1: Course Introduction; Syllabus Review; Pretest/ Assessment; Layout; Vocal Recording, Comping, Editing, and Tuning
Week 2: Studio Review; Recording Refresher; Punching In; What Makes a Good Take?; Vocal Recording, Comping, Editing, and Tuning Continued; 2 Projects Due
Week 3: Recording Levels; Communicating with Artists; Session Set-Up; Templates; Vocal Recording Continued; Project Due
Week 4: 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; Recording Drums; 2 Projects Due
Week 7: Test 2; Project Due; Advanced Recording; Project Due
Week 8: Rough Mixes; Elements of a Mix; 2 Project Due
Week 9: Different Approaches to Mixing; Test 3; Project Due
Week 10: Balance and Panorama; Frequency and EQ; Project Due
Week 11: Creating and Controlling Dynamic Range; Modulation, Saturation and Other effects; Test 4; Project Due
|Final Exam Date||August 16, 2021 - 12:00 PM Through August 16, 2021 - 3:00 PM|
|Grading Scale||90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B 70 - 79=C 60 - 69=D Below 59 = F|
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Discussions/ Assignments 20%
Quizzes/ Tests 30%
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Course Description: The tools, personnel and standard workflow of a recording studio. Topics include fundamentals of sound and overview of tracking, editing, and mixing audio.
Your End-of-Course Outcomes: Identify properties of sound and electronic signals; explain microphone characteristics and placement; describe studio set-up and signal routing; explain console and recording operation techniques; and identify recording studio procedures.
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.) Recommendations: Glyph, Lacie, Western Digital or OWC Hard Drive (500 GB or better)
Recommended: Pro Tools 2020.12 or higher
(You qualify for monthly Pro Tools Academic subscription. Please note: Pro Tools First is not supported in this course).
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.
An iLok Smart Key (Physical or Cloud-based) is required for authorization of all Pro Tools Academic systems
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, if needed).
Although not necessary for this course, a MIDI keyboard controller, microphone or instrument (electric guitar, bass) is recommended, will eventually be needed, and may be provided.
Course Journaling: Google Docs
Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment at Blackboard.
Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements sections above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course.
OS X 10.10 Yosemite or higher
Windows 7 or higher
Latest version of Google Chrome
Zoom meeting software
Speakers or headphones
External or internal Microphone
Broadband Internet connection
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.
Questions? Please ask.
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