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Advanced Audio Recording II

Course Code: MUSC 2170
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15
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 explore advanced production skills in a large studio environment. Pro Tools software will be used, and students will have the opportunity to qualify for the Avid Pro Tools 201 certification at the end of the course.

Course Content

  1. Pre-production: casting personnel, budgeting, scheduling, charting, DAW session strategy, and microphone selection
  2. Assessment of talent:assess an artist's strengths and weaknesses, and employ strategies to accentuate the positive and minimize the negative
  3. Exploring the signal chain: pre-amp, dynamics, effects and microphone choice for important recordings.
  4. Advanced tracking techniques: recording with and without effects, managing large sessions, multiple headphone mixes
  5. Recording acoustic instruments: strings, winds, brass, percussion and non-Western instruments.
  6. Critical listening skills I: width and depth, frequency range, dynamics and different mix approaches
  7. Critical listening skills II: panning, types of reverb, delay, compression, phasing/flanging/chorus,etc.
  8. Track cleanup: de-ess, utilize parametric EQ and compression while mixing
  9. Hybrid recording and mixing techniques: using the SSL AWS DAW control and Pro Tools automation to mix and edit while tracking.
  10. Pro Tools Production II: using Pro Tools HD hardware, selection, editing, clip gain, automation, plug-in processing

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 will be done in the large studio.

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. Pre-production
  2. Assessment of talent
  3. Exploring the signal chain
  4. Advanced tracking techniques
  5. Recording acoustic instruments
  6. Critical listening skills I
  7. Critical listening skills II
  8. Track cleanup
  9. Hybrid recording and mixing techniques
  10. Pro Tools Production II

course prerequisites

MUSC 1270



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.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.