This course focuses on beginner-level studio maintenance by combining lectures with hands-on lab activities. Electronics basics are introduced, including: voltage, alternating and direct current, resistance and impedance, capacitance, inductance, and electromagnetism. The principles of grounding, power supplies, analog and digital signal types, amplifiers, speakers, microphones, switches, and transistors are described. Basic repairs and troubleshooting in the field are discussed, including soldering. Students make a mic cable, S/PDIF cable, RC and RLC circuits, and assemble a simple electronic device such as a power supply, audio input/output circuitry, direct box, or a filter. Students troubleshoot their circuits using volt and ohmmeters, oscilloscopes, and cable testers.
This in-depth, project-oriented class gives the student intensive exposure to the creative and technical issues involved in advanced music mastering, editing, and delivery. Topics include CD and DVD mastering, multichannel audio formats (5.1), internet audio, and the standards and practices of digital audio production. Students enhance their technical knowledge of advanced audio concepts and studio techniques while developing their ability to listen critically and creatively through hands-on projects. Further areas of exploration include audio restoration and forensic audio.
This course provides an immersion in the techniques and methodologies used in implementing sound and music assets into a video game environment. Covers the tenets of sound and music implementation as part of the game development structure. Project workflow, audio pipeline, and common middleware tools are used to mirror current audio practices in the video game industry.
This course is designed to focus on the musical, vocal, and technical production skills in hip-hop record production. Advancing the basic concepts of music production techniques introduced in Music Production for Records (MP-320), the course embraces the professional practices for record production in the hip-hop genre. Students are required to showcase their skills in weekly projects and a final original project.
This course focuses on pinpointing the musical concept and marketplace potential of remix productions, using recording studio and DAW technology to maximize emotional and sales impact. The class will analyze the effectiveness of individual components within key genres and produce new compositions based on those results.
In this class the student will use a wide array of music production tools available for the iPad. Emphasis will be placed on scenarios where touchscreen mobile devices offer unique possibilities in the world of music production and performance. Students will explore new avenues for music creation and performance through solo and collaborative projects in a hands-on setting. Projects will include using the iPad as a self-contained production platform, as well as its integration into larger scenarios in music production and performance. Students will need their own iPad for work in the course.
This course allows the student to understand the history and business of dance music from its early disco format in the '70s and '80s to its wide variety of current styles and trends. Students write, produce, mix, and remix their work in the related style within the various dance music genres. In order to do this successfully, students are required to familiarize themselves with the current outlets for dance music (i.e. Traxsource, Beatport, In Grooves, etc.) and the current list of artists, producers, DJs, and remixers whose work can be found charted on these industry sites. A full understanding of the inner workings of this popular genre will be necessary for the students to be successful within this field. Three production projects are required.
Students will expand their analog DJ skills from ILEN-333 Turntable Techniques into the digital world with digital vinyl systems and MIDI controllers. The class will focus on learning popular DJ software to become proficient at performing in real world situations. Students will explore ways to remix live, organize their music library, edit songs for live performance and prepare sets. Weekly lab time will be required to complete class objectives.
In this course, students focus on the rhythmic and melodic characteristics of scratching records on turntables. They expand their knowedge of scratch DJ culture, scratch patterns, and techniques through analyzing and performing transcribed scratch routines. Students also develop their own routines, enhancing their live performances with unique, turntable-generated sounds.
This course allows students to focus on long form mixing of songs. Students apply mixing techniques including equalization, volume fades, and cuts and effects to create smooth and ear-pleasing transitions between songs. They also learn how to listen critically to different songs to identify structure and create dynamic playlists based on style, sound, or key. This class will help students as they prepare to play DJ sets for small club sets to festival stages.
This course is a survey of the history and techniques used in producing surround audio. The focus is split between understanding surround tools (microphones, consoles and monitoring), surround acquisition (recording techniques), and presentation (mixing and authoring) in the context of audio for disc, video, games and broadcast. The course includes practical work to reinforce theoretical and technical learning. It addresses the aesthetic considerations of surround production relating to varying end uses, and examines the elements of music that invite surround treatments based on the compositional ideas and production values.
Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Seminar advances students' own interdisciplinary art projects, from the planning stage to the final public presentation. The seminar is designed for music students who aspire to create portfolio quality work in collaboration with artists outside of music. Emphasis is placed on the student's original composition, sound design, and musical performance for collaborative interdisciplinary work. Students learn to collaborate with artists from various disciplines including dance, theater, installation art, film, video, sculpture, spoken word, experimental performance, robotics, virtual reality, and other emerging genres. Students work directly with world-renowned artists, including arts programmers and critics, to develop new ideas, understand global dialogue, and advance artistic entrepreneurship. Students develop enhanced creative and critical thinking capacities and collaborative methods. Students leverage digital tools to emerge with a portfolio of works for new audiences, and they premier these works in local venues. Students may enroll in the class for more than one semester. Concurrent enrollment in MTEC-P480, Indisciplinary Arts Institute Directed Study, is required.