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what we will do

This course provides a foundation in the techniques of sound design, recording, production, and editing, for digital audio media. Students will understand the physics of sound, audio and audio editing terminology, and the processes to transform sound. Students will both create and record sound files, apply effects, mix, and produce a variety of multimedia audio elements using typical digital technology. Applicable uses include musical entertainment products, web site enhancements, games, sound tracks for video/film, multimedia products for promotion and learning, and virtual worlds.

Students will understand what makes a professional recording sound good, what to do if it sounds bad, how to record sound correctly, and eliminate distortions and nasty room-effects.

Students will also create sounds in software, apply effects such as EQ and compression, mix multi-track recordings, and produce audio products using current digital hardware and software.



Required Textbook:
Power Tools for Studio One 2,
by Larry the O

week 1
Assignment Sheet Week 1
   Original Ocean Storm Sound
   Instructions For Ocean Storm
   Shiver Our Timbers Dialog

Web Reading 1: Room Acoustics
Web Reading 2: Studio SOS Guide
Web Reading 3: Acoustic Treatment
PP Sound Intro
Animated intro to sound
Animated intro to digital sound
Psychoacoustics notes

week 2
Assignment Sheet Week 2
Example sample of assignment
Audacity Tutorial Virtual Room
Braukmann's Grading Checklist

Web Reading 1:
Audio Processing EQ and Reverb
Web Reading 2: Using Equalization

Visual Notes EQ and Reverb
Images of Popular Reverb Plugins
Goulet 1 and Goulet 2

week 3
Assignment Sheet Week 3
Noisey Recording Assigned
Guitar Track Assigned
Braukmann's Grading Checklist

The Recording Process
PP Microphones and Cables

Linked Reading 1: Shure Home Rec
Web Reading 2: Avoiding Distortion
An Extra Microphone Review

week 4
Assignment Sheet Week 4
Lullaby of Birdland Tracks
Radioactive Tracks

Intro to Digital Sound
Audio File Types

week 5
Assignment Sheet Week 5
Braukmann's Studio One Notes
Ben Burtt's Starwars Sounds
Intro to Sound Editing in Film

Tokyo Dawn Free Plugins


week 6
Assignment Sheet Week 6
PP Compressors
PP Mixing
JB EQ Compressing Notes
Aloha Tracks
Nora Jones example mix Sunrise
Commercial example mix
Assignments 2 and 3 - pick one...
  Turn On Me unmixed sample
  Turn On Me 16 tracks  zip

  If You Say unmixed sample
  If You Say 16 tracks  zip

  Much Too Much unmixed sample
  Much Too Much 15 tracks  zip

week 7
Mastering and Publishing Notes

Assignment Sheet Week 7
Assignment 2 & 3 Notes
Songs for assignment 3
  Wagon Wheel
  Feel a Whole Lot Better
PP Music Intro
Music Theory Summary Sheet JB
4/4 Blues E   4/4 A   3/4 Waltz
4/4 Blues Syncopated   5/4 Ebm

week 8
Assignment Sheet Week 8 Revised
Soundmap PDF Excel Example
Music Cookbook Notes
Qwerty Keyboard Recording with
  Studio One
Moody Background Music:
  Classical Music   Modern Music
John Henry Narration MP3 WAV
You Can't Get Out Narration

PP Sound Design
PP Music Design
PP Sound In Film Technical Details

Studio One Instruments - big
Studio One Loops - big
Braukmann's Grading Checklist

week 9
PP Pshchoacoustics
PP DAW Plugins

week 10
Sample Recording Log Sheet
Study Sheet for Fourth Quiz

We will not have a final exam in this class. We will have a fourth quiz on the last day of class, on topics covered since the last quiz. The individual projects will be due on Friday, June 5th.

All assignments must be turned in by 9:00 pm on June 5. The FTP password will be changed on June 6. If you need to get a copy of some of your files after that date, use the student folders link and right-click on the file you want.