Recording & Mixing Program

225 Clock-Hours

The reputation of the Institute of Audio Research was built on teaching the art and science of recording and mixing technologies. This concentration is designed by industry greats of yesterday and today to continue the original mission of the Institute of Audio Research to prepare students for a career in recording and mixing music. This concentration exposes students to advanced sound and music recording techniques, tips for microphone selection, studio etiquette, music theory fundamentals specific to recording engineers, critical listening skills and advanced techniques for mastering music. Students will enjoy hours of hands on time in IAR’s Studio A & B and be permitted to book time in the studios to work on their own projects.

To enroll into this program, the student must have completed a related audio program and/or must be able to demonstrate equivalent technical fundamental knowledge and skills as determined by the Institute of Audio Research.

Recording & Mixing

Courses

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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.

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