MP-103 : Recording Techniques I: Studio Equipment

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MP-103 Recording Techniques I: Studio Equipment

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 class hours, 2 laboratory hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): MP-101 with a grade of C or better

Course Description in college catalog:

An in-depth exploration into the function, applied principles and practical usage of recording studio equipment. Emphasis on skill development and consistency through hands-on experience and the completion of mixdown projects in the Recording Studio Lab.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Music Production

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Learn the principles and methods of analogue music recording and its applications in contemporary music contexts.

2. Use computer technology and digital music recording software for playback and research of recording and mix down methods.

3. Learn audio recording in a variety of musical contexts.

4. Learn a variety of music styles, forms, and performance practices.

5. Communicate effectively and responsibly through speaking and listening when presenting class projects.

6. Understand and appreciate the human experience through arts and humanities.

7. Understand and be sensitive to cultural diversity so that they are prepared to live and work in an international and multicultural environment by presenting their work in class, receiving feedback, and encountering the works of others.

8. Demonstrate basic competency in the use of analog music technology principles to mix down audio from analog or digital sources.

9. Demonstrate knowledge of signal flow within analog music technologies.

10. Demonstrate understanding of the implications of gain stages of analog recording consoles and signal processors.

11. Demonstrate competency in the use of patch bay configuration for analog equipment connections

12. Demonstrate competency in the operation of analog signal processing equipment to enhance the qualities of sound.

13. Demonstrate an understanding of music mix-down methods, techniques, planning and organization used in post-production.

14. Use the terminology of music and music technology to communicate with other students in order to accomplish music production tasks.

15. Demonstrate critical thinking ability to solve problems that arise during the mix down process of music production.

16. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the interpersonal communication and behavioral styles that are appropriate among engineers, producers and musicians.

17. Demonstrate basic knowledge of microphone types and polar patterns.

Program-specific outcomes

Prepare students who wish to pursue a career in music and recording industries by providing an innovative program that integrates musicianship, music production and recording studio training.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study

  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:


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