Curriculum Guideline

Advanced Audio Recording I

Effective Date:
Course Code
MUSC 1270
Advanced Audio Recording I
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
2 hours per week lecture 3 hours per week lab
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor; either in the large studios or Technology Lab. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These will be done in the large studios.

Course Description
Through lecture/demonstrations and hands-on studio work, students will learn to record and mix audio in a large studio environment. Lab work will focus on Pro Tools software, studio work will focus on Solid State Logic recording consoles. Students will be given the opportunity to earn their Avid Pro Tools 110 certification at the end of the course.
Course Content
  1. Routing signals through a large studio console and patchbay, including equalization, inserts, busses, monitoring
  2. Use of the hardware effects rack, including compressors, limiters, reverbs, noise gates, and equalizers.
  3. Headphone mixes using Pro Tools buses, SSL sends, and studio hardware.
  4. Advanced drum recording techniques - including Recorderman, Glynn Johns, MS, ORTF etc.
  5. Microphone 'shootouts' - listening tests for common microphone applications, including vocals, drums, wind instruments, etc.
  6. Automated mixing in Pro Tools and using the SSL console.
  7. The use of digital filters for complex multi-stage filtering operations.
  8. Digital recording techniques are changing rapidly – this course will examine the latest developments in the field.
  9. Pro Tools Production Techniques, including: Virtual Instruments, Elastic Audio, Editing, Advanced Mixing and automation.
Learning Outcomes

Through lab and studio work, students will learn to understand and apply the following concepts:

  1. Patchbay/console routing
  2. Hardware effects
  3. Headphone mixes - hardware and software
  4. Advanced drum recording techniques
  5. Microphone selection for specific applications
  6. Automated mixing
  7. Digital filter concepts
  8. Recent advances in digital audio
  9. Pro Tools Production I
Means of Assessment
Quizzes (minimum of 2) 30%
Midterm project 30%
Final project* 40%
Textbook Materials

No texts or materials are required. All required hardware and software for the completion of assignments and projects is available in the studio


MUSC 1170 or permission of instructor



Which Prerequisite