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 course offers students interested in live playback engineering, music programming, and live music production design the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to support touring artists. Students will design and configure live electronic performance rigs that support a wide range of musical needs in a modern live performance environment. Class activities will include preproduction planning and design, troubleshooting, rehearsals, and a performance that navigates a variety of live production scenarios. Special emphasis will be placed on learning approaches to live show programming and playback that include advanced audio and MIDI routing, software configuration, live vocal and instrument processing, monitor mixing, lighting, and video sync. Work for the course will include two projects that encourage the student to think deeply about show design and a third final concert project. Lectures and discussions will cover analysis of live music production techniques, workflow, performance rigs, the dynamics of working with artists, and navigating this burgeoning industry. Practical application will involve working with student ensembles.
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.
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.
In this course, students will complete a project that exhibits the skills/artistry covered in MTEC-475 Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Seminar, and that will serve as portfolio material as they enter the field. Individual critique of projects is provided. The specific nature of the project will be determined by written agreement between student and instructor. Students are required to take MTEC-475 concurrently with this course.