Electronic Production & Design Courses
Building upon basic concepts and skills learned in MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology, this course will give students an opportunity to continue to explore the creative uses of music technology tools and deepen their understanding of the principles that underly these uses of technology. By completing a number of hands-on projects and assignments, students will advance their knowledge of audio recording and editing; MIDI sequencing; sound design using synthesizers, samplers, and DSP applications; notation software; and web authoring for purposes of self-promotion.
A course focusing on issues related to synthesizer architecture, patch programming/editing, and functionality within the MIDI production environment. A variety of synthesizer technologies will be addressed, including subtractive, FM, sampling, hybrid, and software-based synthesis.
As an introduction to game audio, this course provides a general overview of the stages involved in producing sound and music for games. It begins with an examination of the role of sound designer and composer, including the responsibilities associated with each. The course begins with typical studio effects and sound manipulation, and addresses technical hurdles encountered in an interactive environment. Advanced concepts and techniques such as recording custom effects, proper integration of audio, and mixing techniques particular to the gaming industry are experienced through collaborative team assignments. Business topics include scheduling, contracts, and finalizing a workflow are presented through out the semester. By the end of this course, the student will have completed full audio including sound design, dialogue, and music for cut scenes and a short game or portion of a game via readily available audio production, scripting, and interactive tools.
Ableton Live is a powerful tool that allows musicians to develop musical ideas in a unique non-linear environment that presents a fundamentally different way of working from other software used in music production. In this course, students will learn to create new musical ideas, and produce electronic arrangements using the software instruments and effects that come with Live. Emphasis will be placed on the student developing an individual production style that can be used to write and produce new works as well as create remixes and prepare songs and compositions for electronic performance.
In this class the student will use a wide array of music production tools available for mobile devices. 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.