Audio Recording Techniques

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Music
Course Code
MUSC 1170
Credits
4.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
26
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Lab
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
Through lecture/demonstrations, lab and studio work, students will learn to record and mix audio in a project studio environment. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the underlying concepts and theory of digital audio recording. Students will also begin to work with a large format recording console in a professional recording studio. Using both hardware and Pro Tools software, students will produce several recorded tracks. Students will be given the opportunity to earn their Avid Pro Tools 101 certification at the end of the course.
Course Content
  1. Theoretical concepts, including formats, bit depth, Nyquist theory, Fourier Transforms, etc.
  2. Audio interfaces: connectivity, sample rates, form factors
  3. Recording audio in Pro Tools: setup and configuration, basic recording techniques
  4. Analog recording: signal flow, microphone types and placement, monitoring in studio and control room
  5. Editing audio: creating new parts, fixing problems, composite tracks
  6. Mixing: inserts, busses, groups, automation.
  7. Software plug-ins including dynamics, distortion, reverb and other effects.
  8. Basic stereo recording techniques, including X/Y, Spaced Pair and ORTF
  9. introduction to large studio procedures, including studio etiquette, pre-production, setup and record keeping.
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor, either in the large studio or Technology Lab. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These can be done in the lab, the studio, or at home.

Means of Assessment
Tests/Quizzes (minimum of 2) 30%
Midterm project 30%
Final project 40%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes

Through lab and studio work, students will learn to understand and apply the following concepts:

  1. Digital audio theory
  2. Audio interfaces: theory and practice
  3. Audio recording in Pro Tools
  4. Analog recording techniques
  5. Digital editing in Pro Tools
  6. Digital mixing in Pro Tools
  7. Software instruments and plug-ins
  8. Basic stereo recording techniques
  9. Large studio procedures and protocol
Textbook Materials

No texts or materials are required. All required hardware and software for the completion of assignments and projects is available in the lab or studios.  Students who wish to work outside the lab may want to purchase their own copies of the software used in class. A complete list of recommended software will be available at the first class session.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Music Technology Diploma program entrance or permission of instructor

Corequisites

None

Equivalencies

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
35392
Wed Mon
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Sarfehjooy
Kayvon
Full
MUSC 1170 001 is restricted to Music Technology students only.

This course is offered in a hybrid format. It includes both online components and in-person on campus activities. Check Blackboard and your Douglas College email for specific details about on-campus dates. Students should plan to attend in person the first week of classes.

Registration in this course provides registrants with a 'time conflict' error. This error can be disregarded for this course as it is due to a required room booking overlap.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
13
13
0
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Wed
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3285
10:30 - 13:20
Wed
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3219
10:30 - 13:20
Wed
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3221
10:30 - 13:20
Mon
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3220
11:30 - 13:20
CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
35393
Mon Fri
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Sarfehjooy
Kayvon
Full
MUSC 1170 002 is restricted to Music Technology students only.

This course is offered in a hybrid format. It includes both online components and in-person on campus activities. Check Blackboard and your Douglas College email for specific details about on-campus dates. Students should plan to attend in person the first week of classes.

Registration in this course provides registrants with a 'time conflict' error. This error can be disregarded for this course as it is due to a required room booking overlap.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
13
13
0
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Mon
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3220
11:30 - 13:20
Fri
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3221
12:30 - 15:20
Fri
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3219
12:30 - 15:20
Fri
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3285
12:30 - 15:20