This class systematically explores the history, concepts, tools and strategies of analog synthesis and sequencers. Students learn to effectively create sounds and program a variety of analog synthesizers, including physically modular systems and Virtual Analog versions, and synchronize them with DAWs. Students explore the art of synthesis through the hands-on study of signal flow, timbre, sound design, programming, and the musical functions of various types of sounds.
Innovation Makers Lab 1 is a hands-on, immersive learning experience where students work with a wide variety of components to imagine, design and build innovative music technology projects. Students learn the basics of electronics and prototyping devices using bread boarding, the foundations of sensors, components, electronic signal flow, and an introduction to Arduino programming. In addition, students learn wiring and soldering through in-class workshops, installs, and modification of toy devices and controllers (circuit bending).
Innovation Lab 2 continues the learning begun in Innovation Lab 1, with hands-on implementation of music technology projects using more advanced techniques, devices and concepts. Max (the visual programing language developed by Cycling ’74) will be used to "hack" devices such as the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset, Emotiv brainwave headset, Kinect body motion sensor, and Leap Motion hand motion sensor. Students learn to design music devices and systems from start to finish. The course itself serves as a maker’s lab for the execution of some student’s Culminating Experience projects.
This course builds on the skills and experiences gained from MTI-543: Music Video Production, providing additional mastery of the tools and techniques needed to create compelling, creative music videos. Students refine their filmmaking methods and clarify their artistic vision, creating music videos that are technically and aesthetically polished. Students learn to apply additional promotional best practices in pursuit of video virality. They also explore specialized areas of video production, including video projection mapping.
This course comprehensively explores and combines the in-studio aspects of professional multitrack mixing and unique qualities of live performance mix techniques. The curriculum thoroughly studies the integration of advanced large and small format consoles, digital audio workstations, professional outboard equipment and cutting-edge control surface modules. In the studio, students will analyze and contrast the core/foundational elements of a mix versus peripheral accessory elements. From this analysis, hands-on mixing strategies as well as emotional destinations will be drawn in order to provide each student with a clear and focused goal for their mix projects. In live situations, the mix engineer will have a direct reactionary relationship to a live performance in order to express his or her artistic sensibilities in order to achieve a desired emotional impact. The course aims at streamlining the technological aspects of any mixing process as a means to innovate and ultimately facilitate the endeavor of creating deliberate emotional impacts through the manipulation of sound.
Music technology innovation students are required to complete a culminating experience project. This creative, artistic or research project enables the student to make a contribution to the music industry. The student will work in consultation with his/her faculty advisor and/or program director to develop his/her unique project. The goal is to complete original work at a professional level. A faculty committee composed of the advisor and one to two other faculty will evaluate the final project that results from the culminating experience. This team will serve as the examining committee.
Live Sound and Stage Craft teaches students the ins and outs of setting up and operating sound reinforcement systems. Students develop knowledge of signal flow, mixing board operation, microphone choice and placement as well as strategies to avoid feedback. Weekly hands-on guided set up and operation of sound reinforcement systems help illustrate concepts and allow students to learn through the power of experience. This includes mixing from the stage while performing, mixing for other musicians for and from the FOH (front of house) position, as well as monitors. In addition, students acquire effective set up and stage management skills as well as the common communication protocol with other musicians and technicians in live sound reinforcement situations. Finally, implementation of adapted practices and systems for problematic spaces or venues is also explored. Students will also gain experience with basic lighting and video stagecraft systems.
In this project-based production and engineering course, students complete two production projects: a step-by-step, singer-songwriter multitrack recording, and an exact sound-alike of an existing pivotal or hit record. In doing this, students acquire technical skills, including multitrack recording techniques, microphone technique for vocals, guitars, drum-set and other instruments, an understanding of signal flow, equalization, compression, gain stages, and effective capture of musical audio. Students also gain experience with effective techniques of music production, including identifying goals, serving the emotional content of the song, effective arranging for records, and interpersonal issues surrounding the recording process.
This is a project-based mixing course geared toward musicians. Students learn basic aspects of editing, mixing and delivery in the modern DAW environment. Students also learn mixing techniques and analysis, and an introduction to digital editing and signal processing. Students complete this course in conjunction with MTI-P305 Production and Recording Stratagems. Together, in the two courses, students learn the complete production process from preproduction though the mixing and delivery stage.
This course explores topics in electronic production and live performance techniques related to modern electronic dance music production, sound design, arrangement, and performance. Students will generate content and create their own music while learning how to use Ableton Live Suite. Students will learn to analyze electronic music, and explore techniques for remixing, performing, and creating electronic music.
This is an 'in-the-box' project-based virtual production course. Students learn to produce short sound-alikes of fragments of contemporary hit records employing sequencing and virtual instruments. They also learn to produce a full acoustic band cover using virtual instruments and one live instrument and/or vocalist. Additionally they learn to produce short musical creations by chopping and editing audio, incorporating tempo mapping, elastic audio, Melodyne, looping, beat detective, and other manipulation tools. Students also learn the skills needed to edit and arrange music to picture.