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Advanced Audio Recording I

Course Code: MUSC 1270
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Through lecture/demonstrations and hands-on studio work, students will learn to record and mix audio in a large studio environment. Lab work will focus on Pro Tools software, studio work will focus on Solid State Logic recording consoles. Students will be given the opportunity to earn their Avid Pro Tools 110 certification at the end of the course.

Course Content

  1. Routing signals through a large studio console and patchbay, including equalization, inserts, busses, monitoring
  2. Use of the hardware effects rack, including compressors, limiters, reverbs, noise gates, and equalizers.
  3. Headphone mixes using Pro Tools buses, SSL sends, and studio hardware.
  4. Advanced drum recording techniques - including Recorderman, Glynn Johns, MS, ORTF etc.
  5. Microphone 'shootouts' - listening tests for common microphone applications, including vocals, drums, wind instruments, etc.
  6. Automated mixing in Pro Tools and using the SSL console.
  7. The use of digital filters for complex multi-stage filtering operations.
  8. Digital recording techniques are changing rapidly – this course will examine the latest developments in the field.
  9. Pro Tools Production Techniques, including: Virtual Instruments, Elastic Audio, Editing, Advanced Mixing and automation.

Methods of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor; either in the large studios or Technology Lab. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These will be done in the large studios.

Means of Assessment

Quizzes (minimum of 2) 30%
Midterm project 30%
Final project* 40%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Patchbay/console routing
  2. Hardware effects
  3. Headphone mixes - hardware and software
  4. Advanced drum recording techniques
  5. Microphone selection for specific applications
  6. Automated mixing
  7. Digital filter concepts
  8. Recent advances in digital audio
  9. Pro Tools Production I

course prerequisites

MUSC 1170 or permission of instructor



curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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