AUDIO RECORDING TECHNIQUES #1

Once taught at Oakland University, now designed for private instructions.  This course will familiarize you with studio terminology and the most standard forms of sound recording. It is your first step towards training for a position in sound related fields. It will help you in directing professional personnel for better sounding recordings, provide good training for related fields such as radio, video, sound recording, Foley, forensic audio and also improve your own sound reproducing for stage, video and home recording. In part one the emphasis is on the artistic aspects of recording techniques where you will discover the theories behind quality workmanship and the tools we use. In part two the emphasis is on the technical aspects of recording techniques, you will discover the theories behind quality workmanship and the reasons for doing what we do.

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TEXT: Modern Recording Techniques, R. Runstein & D. Huber; Howard Sams

WK1 SOUND
    What it is, how is it generated and heard. Acoustics. The ear, SPL, DB, loudness.

WK 2 MICROPHONES
    What they are. How they work. How to place and use them optimally. Types. Impedance. Wiring.

WK 3 RECORDING CONSOLES AND WORK SURFACES
    What they are. How they work. How to use them correctly. Is 0VU nothing? Design choice for your needs.

WK 4 RECORDING ANALOG & DIGITAL
    How they work. How to use them. Basic maintenance. Waves, harmonics, amps, distortion, equalization, magnetics.

WK 5 SIGNAL PROCESSING
    Filters. "EQ". Compressors. Limiters. Delay Lines. "D/A/D" converters. Noise reduction systems. Reverbs

WK 6 SPEAKERS
    Room and speaker systems. Crossovers. Monitoring. Test equipment, Tuned Rooms, Cabinets. Sound lenses.

PRACTICAL: The last four weeks are devoted to set up and the recording, mixing, mastering of a project. This is the application of the theories learned in the first 9 weeks.

WK 7 SET UP AND SESSION
    The student will practice set up and do sound checks in a real studio or stage setting. Record Basic tracks.

WK 8 SESSION AND RECORDING
    Record Basic tracks and Introduction to Pro Tools.

WK 9 RECORDING AND OVERDUBBING
    Microphone use. Direct feeds. Mix board systems. Overdubbing. Fattening.

WK 10 MIXING AND MASTERING
    Multi track analog and digital mixing. MIDI mixing. DAT Mastering. CD Mastering.

WK 11 PRACTICAL WORK.
    Finish project. Tie up loose ends.

WK 12 PRACTICAL WORK
    Q & A your Studio. Guest Speakers.

WK 13 FINAL EXAM
    GRADING: Quizzes 50%, Final-40%, Attendance-10%.

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