MP-205: Recording Techniques II: Studio Operation

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MP-205 Recording Techniques II: Studio Operation

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 1 class hour, 5 laboratory hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): MP-103 with a grade of C or better

Course Description in college catalog:

An advanced course requiring the application of skills developed in MP-103. Students must organize, plan, set-up and engineer a variety of multi-track recording and mixdown sessions in the QCC Recording Studio or on location elsewhere on campus. Emphasis on solving studio-related problems and the development of appropriate engineer/recording artist communication techniques.

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. Proficiency in the use of analog and digital recording technology principles to record audio signals from acoustic and/or electronic sources.

2. Proficiency in the use of analog and digital recording technology principles to mix audio from analog or digital sources.

3. Understanding of implications of gain stages of analog consoles and related software.

4. Understanding of signal flow within analog and digital music technologies.

5. Ability to use analog and digital technology principles to provide talkback and headphone cue mixes to musicians during recording sessions.

6. Ability to use patch bay configurations for analog equipment connections.

7. Knowledge of principles and basic competency in the operation of analog signal processing equipment and/or software plugins to enhance the qualities of sound.

8. Competency in session planning, organization, tracking and production methods.

9. Basic competency in the evaluation of acoustic environments for the purpose of planning successful recordings.

10. Basic competency in the selection and placement of microphones in recording sessions.

11. Knowledge and use of music technology terminology to communicate with other students in order to efficiently accomplish music production tasks.

12. Awareness and understanding of interpersonal communication and behavioral styles that are appropriate among engineers, producers and musicians.

13. Critical thinking ability to solve problems that arise during the recording or mixdown process of music production.

14. Ability to import and export digital audio file types between software applications.

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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