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Music 185/265B Fall 2016 Syllabus

PDF version available HERE Course: Music 185 & 265-B – Recording Arts Workshop Location: LAVC Music Building, Room 112 Schedule: Thursdays, 3:30 PM – 6 PM, plus lab time 6 PM – 9 PM E-Mail: AlanGardina@Gmail.com Book: Digital Audio Recording 2: Pro Tools & Large Ensembles by Alan Gardina Available at TheQuimbyHouse.com Course: Produce, Record, Edit, Mix, and Master a multi-track music project with Pro Tools. Learning Outcome: Students will know how to develop a music project for the recording studio, assist with & run a multi-track recording session, use advanced audio & MIDI editing techniques in Pro Tools, mix…

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Music 265 B Syllabus Spring 2016

Course: Music 265-B & Music 185 – Recording Arts Workshop Location: LAVC Music Building, Room 112 Schedule: Thursdays, 3 PM – 7 PM, plus lab time (TBA) E-Mail: AlanGardina@Gmail.com Book: Digital Audio Recording 2: Pro Tools and Large Ensembles – Available at TheQuimbyHouse.com Bookstore Course: Produce, Record, Edit, Mix, and Master a multi-track music project with Pro Tools. Learning Outcome: Students will know how to develop a music project for the recording studio, assist with & run a multi-track recording session, use advanced audio & MIDI editing techniques in Pro Tools, mix in various styles, and master a song for…

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Digital Audio Recording 2: Pro Tools and Large Ensembles

The pre-release of my new textbook Digital Audio Recording 2: Pro Tools and Large Ensembles is available through The Quimby House bookstore, HERE. Digital Audio Recording 2 is the third part in The Quimby House series on recording & music technology. The first book in the series, Basic Audio Recording Techniques by Michael Julian & Marco Monahan, introduces students to the theory & equipment used in the recording studio. The second book, Digital Audio Recording: Basic Pro Tools by Michael Julian & Marco Monahan, introduces students to the Pro Tools recording environment with a hands-on project. The third book, Digital…

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Music 265B Week 13 Mastering

PDF version available HERE Mastering is the final phase in the music production process. During this phase, we turn our finished mix into a Master audio file, from which all mass-produced copies of CD’s, MP3’s, vinyl pressings, and digital streaming files will be made. In other words, this is the copy that we will sell, distribute, or otherwise present to the general public. Because of this, our master copy needs to meet a few “quality control” standards in order for the public to consume it. This step may be as simple bouncing down our mix into a stereo audio file,…

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Music 265B Week 12 Mixing Part 3

PDF version available HERE We’re almost done with the mixing phase. So far, we used various plug-ins to shape the tone & texture of each individual instrument. For the rest of the mixing phase, we will focus on Blending & Balancing our tracks together in context. This can be a vague term with many different meanings, but for now, think of blending & balancing as an attempt to recreate the live performance of a band on stage. We will use the Pan knobs to spread the band around on stage within the left & right spectrum, and the Faders to…

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Music 265B Week 11 Mixing, Part 2

PDF version available HERE In the last lesson, we experimented with some basic Signal Processors (plug-ins) like Equalizers (EQ), Compressor/Limiters, Expander/Gates, De-Essers, and Reverb. We used them on our tracks in a few ways. AudioSuite plug-ins let us process the sound of individual clips in the Edit Window, and plug-ins on the Inserts let us affect the entire track. When navigating through the various plug-in menus, you may have noticed a few plug-in categories. Under the Setup > Preferences menu, navigate to the Display tab. In the “Organize Plug-In Menus By:” option, select Category & Manufacturer. This is fairly self-explanatory:…

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