Course Descriptions

MUS 131 - Studio Production

3 Credits

Designed to give the students practical experience in recording live music using digital multi-track recorders. The students will understand the use of microphones, mixers, multi-effects units and MIDI (Musical Instruments Digitally Interfaced) applications. Students will be given an overview of how past, present and future technological changes in the music industry impact recording techniques. Three class hours.

Prerequisite: MUS 129 is strongly recommended.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Choose an appropriate microphone from various types of dynamic or 48 volt-powered condenser microphones available for recording one or more specific instruments (ex. piano, drums, bass, guitar) in a recording studio environment.
2. Place a microphone at an appropriate distance and angle from a sound source for optimum capture of that sound in a recording studio environment.
3. Engage HPF (high pass filter, a.k.a. bass roll-off) and attenuation pad switches on a condenser microphone when appropriate to record for capturing the best possible sound.
4. Reproduce procedures for setting input levels on studio preamps going to recording media (computer hard drive) via USB or firewire connections.
5. Describe and recreate signal flow to track multiple channels of audio to corresponding digital channels on a software audio recording program at various sampling rates and bit resolution for quality recordings.
6. Alter recorded sounds utilizing one or more DSP (digital signal processing) effects such as echo, reverb, delay, dynamics, or EQ (equalization) in a recording studio environment.
7. Blend volumes of various audio recorded channels and determine their placement in a stereo sound field (panning) together to create a final stereo mix.
8. Bounce multiple channels of audio down to create a master stereo audio wave form (.AIFF or .WAV) to burn to a CD.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

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Spring Semester 2018
Summer Session 2018