Audio Engineering

Audio Engineering Classes

The Music Department offers Audio Engineering courses through Corporate and Continuing Education. There are courses in Audio Engineering that are offered each semester which may include Audio Engineering I, Audio Engineering 1B, Audio Engineering II, and Audio Engineering III. Students who have successfully completed all 4 Audio Engineering Courses are eligible to receive an Audio Engineering Certificate of Completion.

Audio Engineering I (AAC 8002)

Description

This course introduces the recording studio, the music industry, and the fundamentals of analog and digital audio. Topics focus on the theoretical foundations of modern recording including the study of: sound and hearing; recording consoles; design, function, and signal flow; principles of signal processing: reverberation, delay, equalization, compression, and other effects; a study of microphones and techniques; and an introduction to music production and recording techniques. Class meetings consist of lectures with in-class demonstration and some hands-on training in the studio. Upon completion, students should have a fundamental understanding of recording equipment, the music industry and its relationship to musician, audio engineer and producer.

Objectives

Provide the student with the theoretical and practical background knowledge necessary to begin their training and education as an audio engineer while preparing them to effectively function in the modern recording studio environment and the music industry.

Content

  • History of Sound Recording
  • Careers in the music industry and how it relates to the study of audio engineering.
  • Nature of sound, hearing and the decibel system.
  • Recording studio acoustics and design.
  • Microphone and speaker theory, placement and techniques.
  • Theory and operation of mixing consoles.
  • Cables and interfacing.
  • Multi-track recording fundamentals; the process involved and its relation to the modern recording environment. It's effect on how music is created.
  • Recording device theory -- how Analog tape, Modular Digital Multi-track and digital sound is captured and stored. Fundamentals of the digital sample and how it relates to the production environment.
  • Theory and principle of signal processing devices commonly used in the studio (i.e. reverb, compresssion, and equalization).
  • Introduction to MIDI and SMPTE timecode.
  • Copyright basics and how it affects the modern recording environment.
  • Understanding the record label and what to expect.
  • The method of how a recording gets released. The golden triangle of record releases used by record labels.
  • Becoming a good assistant engineer. How to interact with people in the studio, keeping good logs and making yourself an asset to the studio staff.

 

Prerequisites

None

Method of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • In-Class Demonstrations
  • Hands-On

 

Evaluation

Exam

Demonstration of Skills

Class Participation

 

    Audio Engineering 1B (AAC 8102)

    Course Notes

    Required: Basic principles of math and science covered in Audio Engineering 1.

    Textbook required.

     

    Description

    This class provides the student with the information necessary to succeed in the audio engineering field. Building on the fundamentals learned in Audio Engineering 1, the Audio Engineering 1B class provides a more in-depth study of the topics and principals introduced in the Audio Engineering 1 class and bridges the gap between the Audio Engineering 1 and Audio Engineering 2 classes.

     

    Objectives

    Students will learn and understand:

    1. Room acoustics and the underlying theoretical principals of applying acoustic treatment.

    2. Recording studio interfacing and the standard recommended wiring practices for connecting audio equipment.

    3. Acoustic treatment design and construction.

    4. Power systems and grounding and the principals of recording studio design, equipment selection and upgrades, and control room monitor placement and selection.

     

    Content

    During the course of the semester the students will:

    1. Participate in designing a recording studio including all the necessary aspects needed to construct a "real life" commercial recording studio.

    2. The business aspects of running a commercial or project studio will also be covered. Even though the class relies heavily on math and science, no advance math or science class is needed for the student to benefit from this class. All the basic principles of math and science necessary are covered in Audio Engineering 1 or during this class.

    3. On completion of this class the student should be able to design and interconnect a commercial recording studio starting with nothing but a piece of paper.

     

    Prerequisites

    AAC 8002 Audio Engineering 1

    May be taken concurrently with AAC 8003 Audio Engineering 2

     

    Method of Instruction

    - Lecture

    - In-Class Demonstrations

    - Hands-On

     

    Evaluation

    - Exam

    - Demonstration of Skills

    - Class participation

    Audio Engineering II (AAC 8003)

    Description

    This course continues the study and application of recording techniques from Audio Engineering 1. Emphasis is on multi-track recording and mix-down, microphone placement, and patch bay function. Upon completion, students should be able to create projects demonstrating proficiency in the skills and use of the equipment.

     

    Objectives

    Organize, produce and engineer a full recording session including mixdown and proper choice and use of microphones as well as sound board and other studio equipment.

     

    Content

    • Overview of the Internet
    • Study of mixing console
    • Effects processors
    • ATR editing
    • Mixing/miking techniques
    • Patch bay use
    • Project planning
    • Maintenance

    Prerequisites

    • AAC 8102 Audio Engineering 1B
    • AAC 8102 may be taken concurrently with AAC 8003

    Method of Instruction

    Classroom lecture/demonstration

    Evaluation

    • Exam: Yes
    • Demonstration of Skills: Yes
    • Class Participation: Yes

     

      Audio Engineering 3- Techniques (AAC 8005)

      Description

      This course introduces digital work stations in the recording studio. Students will use Pro Tools, Cubase X, Nuendo or Wavelab to input audio into the computer and edit, mix and complete an audio CD recording.

       

      Students should bring own headphones.

      Students will receive Certificates of Completion on last day of class all Audio Engineering classes have been completed successfully.

       

      Objectives

      Upon completion students should be able to work on most digital audio workstations and be able to understand digital paths, plugins, mastering and making a CD within the digital domain.

       

      Content

      1. Inputting analog into digital audio workstations

      2. Overdubbing on Cubase SX, 3

      3. Overdubbing on ProTools

      4. Editing

      5. Incorporating various plugins

      6. Mastering

      7. Completing CD

       

      Prerequisites

      AAC 8003 Audio Engineering 3

       

      Method of Instruction

      Lecture and Lab

       

      Evaluation

      Several Exams and lab grades


      For questions about Audio Engineering please contact:

      Daniel Guerrie

      • Instructor for Audio Engineering 1, Audio Engineering 1B, and Audio Engineering 3
      • Certificates of Completion

       

      Craig Bove

      • Music Department Chair