Audio Technologies Program

900 Clock-Hours
The Audio Technologies program is designed for students who have occupational goals in the multifaceted world of professional audio. The Audio Technologies program begins with the "Core" program, which consists of three quarters of fundamental and cross-industry common audio training.

Getting Started

Complete the Core Audio Program

Audio Technologies Core Program

The Audio Technologies Core program is designed to provide a solid foundation for a career in audio. The Core consists of a combination of theory and practice. Students will be expected to comprehend these fundamental principles as well as demonstrate how they can be applied.

Courses

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AT111 – Audio Electronics
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of basic electronic theory with emphasis placed on those circuits that are commonly found in professional audio components. Coverage includes resistance, capacitance, impedance, series and parallel circuits, Ohm’s Law, power, DC and AC circuits, semiconductors, and operational amplifiers. As an aid to understanding the electronic theory, students are introduced to the use of the calculator, engineering notation, and the decibel measurement. Students will also solder and test various cables used in the audio industry.
At113 – The Business of Music
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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An overview of the structure, industry professionals, practices, and legal issues of the business of music today. Topics include songwriting, publishing, copyright, licensing, agents, managers, attorneys, artist management, recording contracts, record production, record labels, promotion and distribution, music in television and the digital age.
AT115 – Digital Audio I
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of the fundamentals of digital audio recording / editing. Topics include DAW system components and setup (hardware and software), MIDI and digital audio recording and editing and mixing practices. This course covers the theory content associated with the Pro Tools 101 User Certification Exam.
AT116 – Digital Audio I Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions AT115 Digital Audio I. Students will learn the windows, sections of each window, simple editing, basic quickkeys, and file management in a DAW. Best digital practices will also be instilled in student work-practices. The Pro Tools 101 User Certification Exam will be administered at the conclusion of the course.
AT117 – Principles of Sound
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of the way we perceive sound, how sound reacts to space, and how various sounds are generated. Sound envelope parts are defined. Studio construction methods and practices are discussed. Topics include the physiology of the ear, studio design, and psychoacoustics.
AT121 – Audio Processing and Signal Flow
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of the technology of audio signal processing and storage models as they apply to professional audio techniques and operations. Line level devices are discussed and applications are given where applicable. Consoles, equalizers, compressors, expanders, reverb processors and digital effects processors are discussed in terms of construction, connection in a system, and operation. Analog and digital storage devices are explained and demonstrated.
AT122 – Audio Processing and Signal Flow Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions AT121 Audio Processing and Signal Flow. Students will apply concepts learned in the lecture to accomplish real-world scenario tasks. Compression, Expansion, reverbs, delays, and other effects are all discussed and applied. Emphasis is also placed upon patching as a rudimentary element throughout the course, with heavy emphasis at the end of the course.
AT123 – Mics, Amplifiers and Speakers
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of the tools used to capture, amplify and reproduce audio for studio and live sound applications. Students will learn the types of microphones and speaker systems used in audio production. Students will also calculate the proper amplification for various speaker configurations. Topics include polar patterns, microphone placement, loudspeaker design, and crossover networks.
AT125 – Digital Audio II
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of the principles governing digital audio and technical approaches employed to improve its quality and functionality. Topics include a survey of advancements in digitizing sound, steps involved in the analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion process, techniques for improving the quality of digital recording (anti-aliasing, oversampling, dither, noise shaping...), audio data reduction methods, practices for decreasing DAW system latency and interconnecting digital audio devices. This course covers the theory content associated with the Pro Tools 110 User Certification Exam.
AT126 – Digital Audio II Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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A continuing applied learning class that companions AT125 Digital Audio II. Students will enhance their DAW-based editing skills to expand their repertoire. Students will acquire techniques in the use of plug-ins and editing tactics to manipulate audio to new and creative outcomes. Topics include elastic audio, pitch correction, special effects using DAW plug-ins. The Pro Tools 110 User Certification Exam will be administered at the conclusion of the course.
AT131 – Audio Visual Systems I
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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AV1 is a study of the audio/visual systems and the use of digital signal transfer. Students will explore the most prevalent systems and how the advancement of technology affects the design, installation and maintenance of AV systems today. Topics include bandwidth encoding and transport, building a network for AV systems, network addressing, and AV streaming.
AT133 – Fundamentals of Mixing
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of the essential techniques and technologies involved in delivering a professional mix. Construction methods and practices are discussed. Signal flow through consoles is discussed as well as gain management. Topics include why we mix, dynamics, level relationships, use of EQ and compression and spatial considerations.
AT134 – Post-Production Audio Lab
Lab
30 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class on the planning and structure of post-production. Students will apply techniques learned throughout the program to recreate elements of post-production, including sound effects, dialog, dialog replacement, music and stems. Students will apply learned techniques to two separate projects, one as a class and one as individuals or with a small group. Topics include Dialog Production, SFX Production, Creating Stems, and Layback.
AT135 – Music Production Techniques I
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of the modern approaches to music production and song creation. Topics include contemporary music production styles/techniques, fundamental music theory, session configuration and advanced Pro Tools editing and mixing. This course covers the theory content associated with the Pro Tools 201 Operator Certification Exam.
AT136 – Music Production Techniques I Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions AT135 Music Production Techniques I. Students continue to develop their DAW-based production skills to expand their portfolio. Students will incorporate the music theory component of AT135 into their daily assignments. Topics include drum programming, customizing pro tools HD, constructing chord progressions and advanced editing, MIDI and mixing techniques. The Pro Tools 201 Operator Certification Exam will be administered at the conclusion of the course.
PD101 – Career Paths
Theory
15 Clock Hours
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This course will provide students the opportunity to gain a sound understanding of the various career paths in the audio industry. In addition to career paths, students will learn the importance of professional conduct, soft skills and professional networking. By the end of this course students will make a decision regarding their choice of career emphasis for their fourth term.

What's Next?

Choose A Core Concentration

Audio Technologies Concentration

Once the student completes the core curriculum they are able choose from a group of electives, or “Concentration”, for their fourth quarter that will prepare them for a more specific career field within the audio-related industries.

Recording
& Mixing

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Designed by industry greats to prepare students for a career in recording and mixing music.

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Live Sound
& A/V

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​Designed to provide students a doorway into the lucrative world of AV.

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Game Audio &
Sound for Picture

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​Designed to expose students to the techniques required to work in audio production and post production for film, television and video games.

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Music Production
& Artist
Development

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​Designed to develop students production skills as well as provide them with the knowledge and tools to monetize their creations.

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Recording & Mixing

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Live Sound & A/V

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Game Audio & Sound For Picture

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Music Production & Artist

RM211 – Studio Recording Lecture
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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An in depth study of practical studio recording techniques and the principles behind the art form. Advanced techniques in sound recording are discussed and demonstrated. Topics will include Signal Flow in Digital Consoles, Advanced Sound Recording Techniques, Final Mix Preparation, Critical Listening Skills, Industry Jargon and Terminology, the Propagation of Sound and Various Instrumentation, Microphone Selection and Microphone Techniques, Vocal Recording and Recording Studio ergonomics.
RM212 – Studio Recording Workshop
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning laboratory course that companions the RM211 Studio Recording Workshop Lecture. Students will learn and experience the methods and practices used in the preparation, documentation, interaction, storage, set-up and breakdown of real recording/over-dub sessions. Techniques, equipment and operations for recording will be discussed and demonstrated. Studio etiquette, proper and safe use of equipment, and interaction between artist and engineer will also be explored. Students will also experience editing and mixing in the studio atmosphere including but not limited to, those types associated with computer based DAW’s.
RM213 – Advanced Mixing and Mastering
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A continuing study of genre specific mixing and the principles behind the art form. Advanced techniques in mixing are discussed and demonstrated. Mastering concepts and processes are also covered in depth. Topics include: session organization, using templates, pitch correction, adding tempo-synced effects, multi-band compression, parallel processing, convolution reverb, spectral repair and mastering plugins.
RM214 – Advanced Mixing and Mastering Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions RM213 Advanced Mixing and Mastering. Students will combine skills previously learned and add special effects processing to increase the aural excitement of their presentations. Students will use a DAW to combine their technical and creative skills to produce mixes suitable for their personal demo reels. Topics include side- chaining and sub-mixing, rhythmic delays, guitar amplifier simulators, and demo reel production.
RM215 – Critical Listening and Music Theory for the Studio
Lab
30 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that focuses on developing critical listening skills and music theory fundamentals that are specific to the recording, mixing or mastering engineer. Topics include: instrument identification, frequency recognition (using pink noise and program material), panning identification, hearing distortion, delay and reverb identification and pitch and tempo “correctness” assessment. Analysis examples and concepts are reinforced through weekly critical listening assignments.
PD201 – Career Development
Theory
15 Clock Hours
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A study in the practice of applying for a career and the maintenance of the Independent Entrepreneur. Résumé creation and cover letter construction are discussed and created. Topics include selling yourself, Raising funds, and taxes for independent contractors.
AV211 – Audio Visual Systems II
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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This course builds on the concepts and skills acquired in AT131, Audio Visual Systems I. It covers the preparation, design, build and post-instillation aspects of AV system. The course covers communication with clients, interoperating site layout drawings, identifying room needs, developing a program report, designing display, audio and control systems, evaluating vendors, estimating equipment and labor costs and installing AV equipment and systems.
AV212 – Audio Visual Systems II Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions AV211 Audio Visual Systems II. Students will apply concepts covered in the lecture to accomplish real-world scenario tasks. Students will conduct an AV system needs analysis, decipher scale drawings, develop a program report, create signal flow and layout drawings using CAD software, design a network, create project cost estimates and equipment lists.
AV213 – Sound Reinforcement
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of live sound operation and the roles employed within a typical live sound set-up. Students will experience the methods and practices used in the preparation, documentation, interaction, storage, set-up and breakdown of real live concert scenarios. Techniques, equipment and operations for live sound operation will be discussed and demonstrated. Venue etiquette, proper and safe use of equipment, and troubleshooting a sound reinforcement setup will also be explored.
AV214 – Sound Reinforcement Workshop
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions AV213 Sound Reinforcement Lecture. Students will receive hands-on experience with setting up, operating, mixing and breaking down sound reinforcement systems for a diverse set of venues and applications. Students will work with consoles, EQ, crossovers, amplifiers and speakers. At the conclusion of the course, students will be responsible for setting up and operating equipment for a live event.
AV215 – Stage Craft
Theory
30 Clock Hours
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An introduction to the live sound and audio visual industry. Students will learn basic terminologies about working in a “stage related” environment, including theatres, concerts, corporate productions, and houses of worship. Main topics include basic event production workflow, sound systems, lighting systems, stage systems, video systems and permanent versus temporary setups and control systems.
PD201 – Career Development
Theory
15 Clock Hours
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A study in the practice of applying for a career and the maintenance of the Independent Entrepreneur. Résumé creation and cover letter construction are discussed and created. Topics include selling yourself, Raising funds, and taxes for independent contractors.
SP211 – Advanced Audio Post Production
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of the technology, theory, standards, techniques and workflows associated with modern audio post-production for film and television. The course exposes students to a workflow beginning with decisions made in pre-production all the way through the final layback process. Topics include working with video and audio peripherals, creating templates, using a field recorder, music licensing and surround mixing. This course, in conjunction with SP212, prepares students to take the Pro Tools 210P certification exam.
SP212 – Advanced Post-Production Audio Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions SP211 Advanced Post-Production Audio Lecture. Students will apply concepts covered in the lecture to accomplish real-world scenario tasks. Topics covered: video configuration, creating templates, OMF/AAF File Interchange and noise reduction techniques. Students will get hands-on experience recording, editing, mixing and mastering their own 5.1 surround soundtrack. Students will take the Pro Tools 210P certification exam at the conclusion of the course.
SP213 – Game Audio Lecture
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of the technology, theory, standards, techniques and workflows associated with sound for games and interactive multimedia. Topics include a history of game audio, techniques for sound effect field recording, techniques for composing adaptive musical scores, survey of game engines and middleware, and mobile audio considerations. The course concludes with a critique of students’ game audio portfolio and a lecture on specific considerations for finding work in the game audio industry.
SP214 – Game Audio Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions SP213 Game Audio Lecture. Students will apply concepts covered in the lecture to accomplish real-world scenario tasks. Students will get hands-on experience with dialogue, scripts, sound effects, foley, ambient backgrounds, loops, elastic audio, producing game music, splicing and mixing cinematic audio, using Middleware and implementing audio into the game engine.
SP215 – Production Sound Techniques
Theory
30 Clock Hours
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A study of the complete process of recording sound for picture. Students will learn about the available equipment, typical setup, recording techniques preproduction and documentation procedure. Topics include an overview of microphones for location sound, Boom, Lavaliere and Plant Mic techniques, understanding wireless recording systems, production sound recorders, field mixers and set etiquette. Students will receive hands-on experience with professional equipment in a series of production scenarios.
PD201 – Career Development
Theory
15 Clock Hours
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A study in the practice of applying for a career and the maintenance of the Independent Entrepreneur. Résumé creation and cover letter construction are discussed and created. Topics include selling yourself, Raising funds, and taxes for independent contractors.
MP211 – Music Production Techniques II
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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This course builds on the concepts and skills acquired in AT135, Music Production Techniques I. MP211 explores a range of contemporary production techniques for composing, recording, arranging, and mixing music with Pro Tools. Topics include advanced techniques for tracking and overdubbing, tempo mapping, drum programming and mastering for the project studio. This course, in conjunction with RM212, prepares students to take the Pro Tools 210M certification exam.
MP212 – Music Production Techniques I Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions MP211 Music Production Techniques Lecture. Students will apply concepts covered in the lecture to improve their music production skills. The course covers a variety of styles of music and approaches to music production. Students will take the Pro Tools 210M certification exam at the conclusion of the course.
MP213 – Music Composition
Theory
45 Clock Hours
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A study of modern techniques for composing music building on the fundamentals of music theory that were covered in AT135 Music Production Techniques 1. The course will focus on applicable approached to build beats, songs and film scores. Topics include analyzing song form, consonance vs dissonance, chord progression theory, writing basslines, analyzing harmony, arranging and composing for film. Concepts learned in this course will be practiced in MP214 Music Composition Lab.
MP214 – Music Composition Lab
Lab
45 Clock Hours
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An applied learning class that companions MP213 Music Composition Lecture. Students will apply the music theory that they covered in the lecture to help them compose. There will be seven writing assignments over the term and a peer review of students’ work on the last day of the course.
MP215 – Artist Development
Theory
30 Clock Hours
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A study of the elements needed to become a successful music artist. Students will learn about the disciplines and demands of being a musician, defining your artistic direction and sound, writing and recording your music, creating an individual and realistic artistic and business plan, and the elements of live performance. Students will also learn about working with investors and crowdfunding, branding, and marketing and promotion in an ever-changing pop music environment.
PD201 – Career Development
Theory
15 Clock Hours
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A study in the practice of applying for a career and the maintenance of the Independent Entrepreneur. Résumé creation and cover letter construction are discussed and created. Topics include selling yourself, Raising funds, and taxes for independent contractors.

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