Audio & Recording Production: Curriculum

Audio & Recording Production I (Fall)

A fundamentals course to orient the student with the basic technologies and techniques of modern recording and production.

Topics:

  • The Recording/Production Process
  • Sound, Hearing, Studio Design, and Acoustics
  • Microphone Design, Applications, and Techniques
  • Analog and Digital Audio Technologies
  • MIDI and Electronic Music Technology

Audio & Recording Production II (Spring)

An advanced course focusing on the critical and creative aspects of production culminating in a capstone project bringing together the recording and mixing techniques acquired during the year.

Topics:

  • Advanced Pro Tools Session Procedures and Protocols
  • The Art and Technology of Mixing, Monitoring, and Mastering
  • Sound Processing: Shaping and Effecting Audio
  • Advanced Editing Techniques and Time/Pitch Manipulation
  • Sound Formats, Multimedia and the Web

Equipment

The Walford Studio includes a control room with class room seating, a large main recording room with optional baffling, and two isolation rooms.

  • iMac based Pro Tools 11 HD Digital Audio Workstation
  • Avid Audio C 24 control surface
  • Sound Construction C|24 Wrap Console
  • Sound Construction Lowboy Racks

Protools Plug-ins

  • McDSP Emerald Pack
  • Sonnox Elite Plug In Bundle
  • Waves Diamond Bundle
  • iZotope Production Bundle
  • Native Instruments Komplete

Microphone pre-amps and digital audio Network

  • Focusrite 8 Ch. Mic Pre x3 in studio and x3 on GMC site & A/D For Rednet

Studio Monitors

  • Genelec 8250A Smart Active Monitors w/7360A Subwoofer

Studio Microphones

  • iMac based Pro Tools HD digital audio workstation
  • AKG D112 Large Diaphragm Dynamic Microphone
  • AKG C2000 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone x2
  • Neumann TLM 103 Cardioid Stereo-Set
  • Neumann U87 Microphone W/Shock Mount
  • Neumann KM 184 Condenser Microphone Pair
  • EV RE20 Dynamic Microphone x3
  • Shure SM7 Cardioid Dynamic Studio Vocal Mic
  • Shure SM 81 Small Condenser Microphone x2
  • Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone x4
  • Shure Beta 52A High Output Dynamic Microphone
  • SE 2200A Condenser Microphone

Studio Accessories

  • Aviom Six Mix Personal Mixing System
  • Sennheiser Circumaural Monitoring HiFi Headphones
  • Kawai 500 Grand Piano in main recording room