MP-207 : Microphones and Amplification Systems

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: MP-207 Microphones and Amplification Systems

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 1

Pre-requisites (if any): MP-205

Course Description in college catalog:

This class introduces students to the specifications and uses of microphones, power amps, and loud speakers. Students learn the techniques of microphone placement. They also learn about the selection and setup of power amplifiers and match speakers for ideal system performance in studios and sound reinforcement.

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. Students will choose the proper components and configure them in a way the addresses the needs and goals specific to each situation

2. Use printed specifications to predict how different components will interact, and be able to match speakers and amplifiers based on their predictions

3. Evaluate and identify the needs and limitations of a sound system given different variables of aesthetic goals and practical considerations

4. Based on printed specifications and calculations, students will make informed decisions on the needs for a given sound reinforcement situation.

5. Apply knowledge of basic electronics to calculate the effects that different system configurations will have on various parts of the system, and determine the power needs, both in terms of supply and amplification, of a given sound reinforcement situation.

6. Listen critically and identify whether or not a system is fulfilling aesthetic goals while realizing its practical limitations

7. Demonstrate good-judgment in the implementation of a system that takes into account the well- being of all involved as well as that of the equipment

8. Identify and understand the goals of others they are working with

9. Communicate effectively using proper terminology

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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