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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.