Music Production & Engineering Courses
This course examines the technical attributes of loudspeakers that assist the recording engineer in creating the best possible product. Topics include basic components of loudspeaker design, driver parameters, sealed and vented enclosures, crossovers, studio monitors, and computer aided analysis systems. Through the process of designing, building, and testing a high performing pair of passive studio monitors, students learn both the technical and artistic considerations required to create loudspeaker designs for studio, consumer, and car audio applications. The course concludes with a critical listening evaluation of the finished speakers.
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 will discuss design theory of recording studio microphones. Hands-on applications will include modification of microphone designs and acoustic testing of various design concepts and techniques.
This course provides advanced information and training in the science of acoustics. It examines advanced methodologies for the testing of acoustic spaces and properties, leading to strategies for acoustic manipulation and design. Using existing and past projects as source material, world-renowned studio designer John Storyk takes students through the acoustical design process, including both acoustical and programmatic considerations. He draws on pictures, charts, graphs, and recorded examples taken from real-world projects, both completed and in process, to highlight the challenges encountered and solutions devised for creating program-satisfying and acoustically correct facilities. These facilities encompass both world-class, multiroom studio facilities as well as smaller-budget project and home studios. This is an applications-oriented follow-up to the required acoustics class. *NOTE: this course meets four times for four hours over the course of the semester*
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 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.