SRJC Course Outlines

8/17/2022 1:37:13 PMMUSC 60B Course Outline as of Fall 2009

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MUSC 60BTitle:  AUDIO RECORDING 2  
Full Title:  Audio Recording 2
Last Reviewed:11/9/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled2.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled35.00
 Contact DHR1.00 Contact DHR17.50
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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This course covers intermediate- to advanced-level applications in audio recording with Digidesign Pro Tools. Topics include signal processing, mixing techniques, use of plug-ins, integration of live audio and MIDI, and preparation of the final mixdown.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Course Completion of MUSC 60A


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in MUSC 51B

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course covers intermediate- to advanced-level applications in audio recording with Digidesign Pro Tools. Topics include signal processing, mixing techniques, use of plug-ins, integration of live audio and MIDI, and preparation of the final mixdown.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of MUSC 60A
Recommended:Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in MUSC 51B
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Record, edit, mix, and master digital audio with Digidesign 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. Demonstrate the integration of live audio and MIDI tracks within the Pro Tools interface.
5. Explain and utilize synchronization protocols including SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) time code and MIDI sync.
6. Prepare final mixdowns of audio projects in a variety of formats.
7. Diagram and explain the mastering and manufacturing processes for a variety of media including CD, DVD, and older formats.
8. Evaluate and critique audio recordings, describing the techniques used to create the soundscape.
9. Demonstrate professionalism in a recording studio environment.
10. Research industry resources to stay current with theoretical and technological advances in the recording industry.

Topics and Scope
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I. Editing and Mixing in Digidesign Pro Tools
    A. Importing media into sessions
    B. MIDI in Pro Tools
        1. Sample-based operation vs. tick-based operation
        2. Recording MIDI
        3. Using virtual instruments
    C. Selecting and navigating
        1. Timeline vs. edit selections
        2. Working with selections
        3. Adjusting session view
        4. Adding markers to sessions
    D. Basic Editing Techniques
        1. Editing regions
        2. Moving and trimming regions
        3. Creating fade effects
        4. Undo and revert-to-saved
    E. Basic Mixing Techniques
        1. The Pro Tools mix window
        2. Basic automation
        3. Real-time plug-ins
    F. Creating a final mix
        1. Backing up sessions
        2. Sharing sessions between systems
        3. Creating stereo mixdowns
        4. Burning to CD
II. Synchronization
    A. SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) time code
    B. MIDI-based synchronization
    C. Proprietary synchronization systems
III. 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
         1. Delay
        2. Reverb
        3. Phase, chorus, and flange
    D. Compressors, limiters, and gates
    E. Pitch-shifting effects
    F. Psychoacoustic enhancement
    G. Dynamic effects automation
IV. Noise Reduction (NR)
    A. The compansion process
    B. NR systems: dbx, Dolby
    C. Noise gates
    D. Digital noise reduction
    E. Fast Fourier transform
V. Creating Sound Effects for Multimedia
VI. Introduction to the Mastering and Manufacturing Process
    A. CDs
    B. DVDs
    C. Older formats: tape and vinyl
    D. Producing for digital delivery
    E. Producing for the multimedia and the web
VII. Critical Listening Skills: Evaluating Audio Recordings
VIII. Recording Industry Resources: Staying Current
    A. Magazines and journals
    B. Societies and conferences
    C. Online resources

Assignments:
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1. Reading (10-20 pp. per week) from the text and handouts.
2. Hands-on proficiency demonstrations on the hardware and software.
3. Quizzes (3-5) on vocabulary and technical terminology.
4. Completion of required laboratory hours.
5. Final project: an original recording (minimum of 3 minutes in length) that demonstrates mastery of the concepts of the course.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
40 - 55%
Recording project(s)
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
25 - 35%
Hands-on proficiency demonstrations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 25%
Terminology quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance and participation; Professionalism


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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I. Textbooks
Modern Recording Techniques, 6th ed. by David Miles Huber and Robert Runstein. Focal Press, 2005.
Pro Tools 101 Official Courseware, Version 7.4, 2nd ed. by Digidesign. Course Technology PTR, 2007.
 
II. Trade periodicals such as:
    Mix Magazine
    Pro Sound Magazine
    Electronic Musician Magazine
 
III. Instructor prepared materials

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