MTEC 60B: PRODUCING IN THE HOME STUDIO II
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Effective Term:||Summer 2021|
|Hours:||3 lecture, 3 laboratory per week (72 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Not open to students with credit in MUS 60B.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
The student will be able to:
A. Manage different configurations of an acoustic environment in an alternative space.
B. Operate a recording/production system using computer based software and hardware.
C. Integrate virtual instruments into the production system.
D. Integrate non-digital equipment such as microphones and transducers into a digital production system.
E. Mix and master an original recording and format it for both CD and mp3 delivery.
A. Intermediate operation of a non-traditional recording system.
1. Acoustic treatments in various configurations.
2. Recording techniques and microphone placement.
3. Multi-take recording and composite tracks.
B. Audio hardware operation.
1. Digital and virtual mixers.
2. Condenser vs. dynamic microphones.
3. Use multiple external firewire drives.
C. Software selection and use.
1. Audio based production software.
2. Virtual instruments in the production environment.
3. Rewire and multiple program operation.
A. Creating digital sessions in Pro Tools.
B. Adding auxiliary tracks.
C. Creating bus sends to FX tracks.
D. Designating and adding plug-ins to FX tracks.
E. Bouncing sessions to stereo audio files in all formats (.wav, .M4A, etc.)
F. FTP sessions and files to a remote server.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
1. 30 Macintosh computers.
2. 30 MIDI keyboards and MIDI interfaces.
3. 30 Avid M-Box USB audio interfaces.
4. 30 Pro Tools software installs.
5. Video projector and screen.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access:
1. On-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities.
2. Email address.
Method(s) of Evaluation
Evaluated original recordings
Weekly quizzes and skills checks
Written evaluations of software and hardware combinations
Graded recording assignments in various formats
Method(s) of Instruction
Lecture presentations and discussion using the language of audio technology
Lab assignments in audio production
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Huber, David Miles. Modern Recording Techniques, 9th ed.. 2017.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Written critiques and analyses of audio production projects including albums, soundtracks, television, video games and internet multimedia.
B. Written summaries documenting technical and artistic elements for corresponding submitted assignments and audio projects.
C. Written proposals, session logs, learning outcomes and reflections supporting submitted musical works and final master recordings.