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Recording Arts & Production

Recording Arts & Production

Recording Arts and Production covers introductory to advanced fundamental topics necessary to create simple productions and understand how recording and audio production works. Students will learn the historical context of recording technology; basic equipment use and best care habits; file management & sharing; basic acoustic principles, audio terminology, waveforms & phase; introduction to the major D.A.W.s (Digital Audio Workstations).

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Recording Arts & Production Course Descriptions

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  • RECORDING ARTS & PRODUCTION I

    This course covers many introductory and fundamental topics necessary to create simple productions and understand how recording and audio production works. It also prepares student for intermediate topics covered in Recording Arts & Production II. This course includes a brief historical context of recording technology; basic equipment use and best care habits; file management & sharing; basic acoustic principles, audio terminology, waveforms & phase; introduction to the major D.A.W.s (Digital Audio Workstations) including ProTools™, Ableton Live™, and the H.U.I. (human user interface); plugins for V.I. (virtual instruments); drum machines (aka “making beats”) and samplers; MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) sequencing; how a microphone works; signal level and audio cable types; the Record Chain (basic signal flow, pre-amplification, record levels) and audio recording with an external microphone using an interface; basic MIDI and audio editing (quantizing, grid mode, trim and fades). This course is offered both semesters and is taught via a variety of modalities including hands-on projects, group classes/lectures, and webcasts as follows: 1.) Nine group classes on Saturdays from 9am – 10:45am with occasional group projects during free blocks/long lunch; 2.) Weekly studio time at the student’s convenience during posted teacher-supervised lab hours; 3.) Weekly online webcast with Haiku assessments. (Grades 9-12; one semester; limited openings; upperclassmen have enrollment priority; this course is a prerequisite for Recording Arts & Production II)
  • RECORDING ARTS & PRODUCTION II

    This course picks up where Recording Arts & Production I leaves off, begins the AVID ProTools certification process, and prepares students for the advanced topics covered in Recording Arts & Production III. It covers many intermediate topics required for more complex recordings and productions using both ProTools™ and Ableton Live™ including: microphone types & classical mic-ing technique; advanced acoustics principles; C24 H.U.I. and auxiliary preamps use; patchbay signal routing; Aviom headphone / cue sends; multi-track and multi room recording; session organization and mix groups; AVID ProTools certification (part 1of 2); parameters and application of a synthesizer; advanced sampling; advanced audio and MIDI editing (beat detective, strip silence, elastic audio); and an intro to ear training for audio engineers. This is a year-long course taught via a variety of modalities including hands-on projects, group classes/lectures, and webcasts as follows: 1.) 18 group classes on Saturdays from 11am – 12:45pm with occasional group projects during free blocks/long lunch; 2.) Weekly studio time at the student’s convenience during posted teacher-supervised lab hours; 3.) Weekly online webcast with Haiku assessments. (Grades 9-12; year-long, limited openings; prerequisite: Recording Arts & Production I with a “B” or Higher; this course is a prerequisite for Recording Arts & Production III; upperclassmen have enrollment priority)
  • RECORDING ARTS & PRODUCTION III 

    This culminating course picks up where Recording Arts & Production II leaves off, completes the AVID ProTools certification process, and focuses on complete productions from the start of both electronic composition and acoustic recordings to a finished mix using both ProTools™ and Ableton Live™. Advanced topics covered include: advanced DAW organization; advanced ear training; critical listening; mix analysis & equal loudness contour; parameters of signal processing including E.Q.’s (parabolic and multi-band), dynamic processing (compression, gates/expanders, de-essers, limiters); internal DAW bussing and effects loops (auxiliary sends & returns); parallel compression and side-chaining; mixing techniques including: monitor and room optimization, metering, gain-staging, application of signal processing, and automation. The course concludes with an intro to mastering, the completion of the AVID ProTools certification (Part 2 of 2), and an exhibit during the May Arts Festival. This is a year-long course taught as a hybrid via a variety of modalities including hands-on projects, group classes/lectures, and webcasts as follows: 1.) 18 group classes on Saturdays from 1:15pm – 3:00pm with occasional group projects during free blocks/long lunch; 2.) Weekly studio time at the student’s convenience during posted teacher-supervised lab hours; 3.) Weekly online webcast with Haiku assessments. (Grades 10-12; year-long, limited openings; prerequisite: completion of Recording Arts & Production II with a “B” or Higher; upperclassmen have enrollment priority)
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