Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Record, edit, mix, and master digital audio with Pro Tools, expanding on the theoretical and technical knowledge developed in MUSC 60A.
2. Explain the functions and applications of signal processors and demonstrate their usage.
3. Utilize a variety of software plug-ins within Pro Tools.
4. Explain and utilize synchronization protocols including SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) time code and MIDI sync.
5. Prepare final mixdowns of audio projects in a variety of formats.
6. Diagram and explain the mastering and manufacturing processes for a variety of media, including CD, DVD, and older formats.
7. Evaluate and critique audio recordings, describing the techniques used to create the soundscape.
8. Demonstrate professionalism in a recording studio environment.
9. Research industry resources to stay current with theoretical and technological advances in the recording industry.
I. Introduction to Live Sound
B. Sound systems
C. Introduction to the Venue digital board
D. How to run a live show
II. Editing and Mixing in Pro Tools
A. Importing media into sessions
B. Selecting and navigating
1. Timeline vs. edit selections
2. Working with selections
3. Adjusting session view
4. Adding markers to sessions
C. Basic Editing Techniques
1. Editing regions
2. Moving and trimming regions
3. Creating fade effects
4. Undo and revert-to-saved
D. Basic Mixing Techniques
1. The Pro Tools mix window
2. Basic automation
3. Real-time plug-ins
E. Creating a final mix
1. Backing up sessions
2. Sharing sessions between systems
3. Creating stereo mixdowns
4. Burning to CD
A. SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) time code
B. MIDI-based synchronization
C. Proprietary synchronization systems
IV. Signal Processing
A. Inline vs. side-chain processing
B. Equalization (EQ)
1. Peaking and shelving filters
2. High-pass and low-pass filters
3. Graphic vs. parametric EQ
4. Applying EQ
C. Time-based effects
3. Phase, chorus, and flange
D. Compressors, limiters, and gates
E. Pitch-shifting effects
F. Psychoacoustic enhancement
G. Dynamic effects automation
V. Noise Reduction (NR)
A. The compansion process
B. NR systems: dbx, Dolby
C. Noise gates
D. Digital noise reduction
E. Fast Fourier transform
VI. Theory of Digital Recording
A. Sampling: rate and resolution
B. The Nyquist theorem
D. Signal-to-error ratio
VII. Creating Sound Effects for Multimedia
VIII. Introduction to the Mastering and Manufacturing Process
C. Older formats: tape and vinyl
D. Producing for digital delivery
E. Producing for the multimedia and the web
IX. Critical Listening Skills: Evaluating Audio Recordings
X. Recording Industry Resources: Staying Current
A. Magazines and journals
B. Societies and conferences
C. Online resources
Modern Recording Techniques (8th). Huber, David Miles and Robert Runstein. Focal Press: 2013.
Pro Tools 101 (Official courseware). Cook, Frank D. Cengage Learning PTR: 2013.
Trade periodicals such as:
Pro Sound Magazine
Electronic Musician Magazine
Instructor prepared materials