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.
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
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
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
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
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:
Pro Sound Magazine
Electronic Musician Magazine
III. Instructor prepared materials