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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


Book: Digital Audio Recording 2: Pro Tools & Large Ensembles by Alan Gardina

Available at

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 commercial distribution.

What You Need

  1. Access to a computer with Pro Tools software (version 8 or higher)
  • Standard, Student, or Academic versions of the full program are recommended.
  • The free version, Pro Tools First, is limited, but it can perform the basic functions.
  • For information on Pro Tools system requirements, features, and cost, visit the manufacturer’s website at
  1. A portable Hard Drive – NOT a Flash Drive.
  • 7200 RPM standard drive speed or faster: 5400 RPM storage drives are too slow.
  • Firewire/Thunderbolt connectors are fast enough for recording: USB is too slow.
  • The school computers do not have USB 3, so USB connections will be too slow.
  • Format compatible with Mac OSX: any hard drive can be erased and reformatted if necessary.
  1. A pair of Headphones
  • You will need your own pair of headphones in order to use the computers at school.
  • Some interfaces will need a ¼” headphone adapter – bring your own.
  1. A Song for your final project.
  • Must be recorded, edited, mixed, and mastered in Pro Tools.
  • Your completed Pro Tools session is due by the last day of class: December 15, 2016
  • Songwriting, Arranging and Jazz Combos students can use their class projects.
  • Students can either record the lab bands or book time to record their own projects in the studio.

You can start working on your final projects on your own time and at your own pace, but you MUST be finished before the last day of class/finals. Do not wait until the last minute. You will have to turn in and present your own completed – edited and mixed – music project.

The music department’s computer lab is available throughout the semester. You can work on your projects in there so you do not have to fight against the rest of the class for a turn in the control rooms. To use Pro Tools in the lab, you will need to check out an iLok from one of the professors – see the schedule on the computer lab door for more details.

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