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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 4
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
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable


In-depth operation of an audio/video recording studio in a small environment. Microphone selection and placement, creative sound treatments in non-traditional environments, and application of plug-in effects. Use of auxiliary tracks and busses. Mixing and mastering in various digital formats.

Course Objectives

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.

Course Content

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.

Lab Content

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

A. When taught on campus:
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.
3. JavaScript enabled internet browsing software.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

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

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

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.


Commercial Music