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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 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 Avid.com
  1. A portable Hard Drive – NOT a Flash Drive, compatible with the school computers:
  • 7200 RPM standard drive speed or faster: 5000 RPM storage drives are too slow.
  • Firewire/Thunderbolt connectors are fast enough for recording: USB is too slow.
  • The school computers don’t have USB 3, so USB connections will be too slow.
  1. A pair of Headphones
  • You will need your own pair of headphones to use the computers at school.
  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.
  • Songwriting, Arranging and Jazz Combos students can use their class projects.
  • There will be a recording lab after class. 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 put this off until the last minute. You will have to turn in and present your own completed 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.

We will be covering new material each week. In order to get the most out of our time together in class & in the lab, study the material before you come to class. As we discuss each new phase of the music production process, go home and apply these techniques to your own projects. Treat this class like a professional gig: we are the clients, and you are the producer. You are expected to turn in and present a completed project, not an excuse, at the end of the semester. You have a production schedule to follow, and a deadline to meet. If you want to do well, then this project will take a lot of time and effort on your part. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to develop, record, edit, mix, and master your material. Do not wait until the last few weeks of class to start working on your projects. If you do, you will not have time to finish.

 

Weekly Schedule (Approximate)

February 11: First Day of class – Syllabus, Chapter 1 – Introduction

February 18: Chapter 2 – The Music

February 25: Chapter 3 – The Equipment

March 3: Chapter 4 – The Instruments

March 10: Chapter 5 – The Studio

March 17: Chapter 6 – The Control Room

March 24: Chapter 7 – Recording

March 31: Cesar Chavez Day – No Class: Keep reading and working on your projects.

April 7: Spring Break – No Class: Keep reading and working on your projects.

April 14: Chapter 8 – Editing, Part 1

April 21: Chapter 9 – Editing, Part 2

April 28: Chapter 10 – Editing, Part 3

May 5: Chapter 11 – Mixing, Part 1

May 12: Chapter 12 – Mixing, Part 2

May 19: Chapter 13 – Mixing, Part 3

May 26: Chapter 14 – Mastering

June 2: Finals: PROJECTS DUE – Playback at the start of class.

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