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Music 265c Spring 2015 Syllabus

Syllabus: Spring 2015

Course: Music 265C. Recording Arts Workshop (Post-Production Sound)

Location: Music building, Room 112

Schedule: Thursday, 3-7 PM, plus lab time (TBA)


Book: Basic Audio Recording (Music 165 book), Pro Tools 101 (Version 9) & lessons, on the DVD DOWNLOAD HERE

Course: Record, edit, and mix a post-production sound project using analog & digital audio workstations.

Learning Outcome: Students will know how to work with clients, manage a post-production sound recording session as a 1st engineer, and operate Pro Tools.

What You Need

  1. A portable hard drive (or hard drive/enclosure combo) with
  • A Firewire 400 (or 800) port: you will be working off of this drive. USB 2 is too slow, and the school’s computers don’t have USB 3 ports. A firewire 400 to 800 adapter cable is a good idea too
  • At least 300GB of free space (1 Terabyte will last a very long time)
  • At least 7200 RPM (standard speed – 5000 RPM storage drives are too slow for sessions)
  • The sound effects libraries (General 6000, Sony Pictures, etc) on the computer – copy them.
  1. A pair of headphones
  • The computers in the lab do not have headphones – you will need your own.
  • You need a ¼” (TRS) plug or adapter on the end.
  1. A video for your final project (to be completed by the last day of class)
  • At least 2-5ish minutes long (you can always go longer)
  • Quicktime (.mov) Format (as long as Pro Tools can read/playback the video)
  • It should have some sort of contrast (different locations/scenes, etc: not the same thing)
  • Something new: none of the previous class assignments (no Hands-On projects, etc)
  • No music videos (but you can score music for your film as well as editing SFX)

Where to find a video

  • The Film/Media Arts students always need sound editors & original music for their projects.
  • Film Scoring students can use the same student film for their final project (music & SFX)
  • Start networking: this is how you will make a living in this field.
  • YouTube & flash video: You can rip videos using any ripping software.
  • The class film library (there is a large collection of VHS work-prints if you want to transfer it).

The computer labs are available throughout the semester. You can work on your projects in there so you aren’t fighting against the rest of the class for a turn in the control rooms. To use Pro Tools in the lab, check out an iLok from professors Chauncey Maddren, Mike Julian, or Richard Kahn.

You can start working on your final projects whenever you want on your own time, but you MUST be finished by the last day of class/finals. You have the entire semester to work on your project – no rush – but do not put it off until the last minute. We will present our final projects for the combined class on the last day of class/finals.

The final project is for your grade & class credit: get it done – no excuses.

Music 265c Weekly Schedule (approximate)

Week 1 – February 12: Intro, Labs, Lessons, Final Projects, Lesson 1: Intro to the Studio

Week 2 – February 19: Post-Production Hands-On Project

Week 3 – February 26: Finish Hands-On Project

Week 4 – March 5: Class Video Projects: Spotting a Video

Week 5 – March 12: Spotting, Importing SFX

Week 6 – March 19: Finish importing SFX

Week 7 – March 26: Foley

Week 8 – April 2: Finish foley

Week 9 – April 9: Spring Break – No Class

Week 10 – April 16: Pre-Dub: Mixing, Panning, Stems, etc.

Week 11 – April 23: Finish pre-dub

Week 12 – April 30: Voiceovers, rerecording, overdub, ADR, etc

Week 13 – May 7: Continued

Week 14 – May 14: Final projects

Week 15 – May 21: Final projects

Week 16 – May 28: Finish your final projects

Week 17 – June 4: FINAL PROJECTS DUE

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