Curriculum Guideline

Studio Setup and Maintenance II

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
MUSC 3285
Descriptive
Studio Setup and Maintenance II
Department
Music
Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits
1.50
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
Yes
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
26
Contact Hours
2 hours per week
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor, in one of the Douglas College recording studios. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These can be done in the lab, the studio, or at home.

Course Description
Through lecture/demonstrations and hands-on studio work, students will continue to learn the concepts necessary to design, set up and maintain a project recording studio. Topics covered will include room acoustics and treatment, equipment choice and installation, wiring and doing basic maintenance. An introduction to large studio issues will also be offered.
Course Content
  1. Room acoustics: resonant modes and modal patterns
  2. Types of room design: neutral, characteristic and variable rooms
  3. Soundproofing: STC, construction techniques and HVAC considerations.
  4. Equipment placement: ergonomics and ideal sound reproduction.
  5. Acoustical treatment: Sabine’s Law, reflective and absorptive surfaces, diffusion, wall treatments and bass traps.
  6. Wiring and connections: proper interconnection, power supply, grounding of studio gear.
  7. Studio monitoring systems: flush mounted versus free standing
  8. Maintaining equipment: soldering and equipment cleaning.
  9. Introduction to large studio design: acoustics, patch bays and studio interconnect systems.
Learning Outcomes

Through lecture/demonstrations and hands-on studio work, students will learn the basic concepts necessary to set up and maintain a project recording studio. Topics covered will include room acoustics and treatment, equipment choice and installation, wiring and doing basic maintenance. An introduction to large studio issues will also be offered.
 
On successful completion of the course students will be able to setup and maintain a typical project studio. Students will be able to understand and apply the following: 

  1. Room acoustics
  2. Types of room design
  3. Soundproofing
  4. Equipment placement
  5. Acoustical treatment
  6. Wiring and connections
  7. Studio monitoring systems
  8. Maintaining equipment
  9. Introduction to large studio design
Means of Assessment
Tests/Quizzes (minimum of 2) 30%
Midterm Project 30%
Final Project* 40%

* The Final Project constitutes one component of the graduation portfolio requirement.

Textbook Materials

F. Alton Everest: How to Build A Small Budget Recording Studio From Scratch: With 12 Tested Designs

Prerequisites