Audio Production I
Students learn to use analog and digital audio hardware and software, including the Digidesign Pro Tools recording and editing system. In addition, students study the fundamentals of acoustic science, recording techniques and production. Each student produces an individual project for their Final.
Audio Production II (Mixing and Mastering)
Students who have taken Audio Production I, or Intro to Reason and Live, or have studied software-based audio production at another institution take their skills to the next level with this class on mixing and mastering. First, students work through the many steps required and techniquest to implement in order to mix a track effectively, with an emphasis on mixing in a small or home studio. Then they jump into the deep end of the pool, exploring, experimenting, and coming to understand what it means to master audio. There are weekly assignments and it is expected that much time will be spent in the studio.
Sound for Film
Students learn post-production sound techniques used in the production of film, including ADR (automated dialogue replacement, or dubbing), music, sound effects and Foley. Students participate in both recording and producing the sound for a scene, as well as in creating the content. This is a collaborative class, with all of the students working together to produce the necessary sound elements for one scene.
Audio Field Recording
Students learn to use digital and analog audio recording equipment to produce high-quality field recordings in diverse settings. The class is designed as a workshop, incorporating field trips, individualized support, group critiquing and problem solving; a hands-on learning experience with the opportunity to practice both soundscape and interview recording in the field in a number of different locations and situations.
Intro to Reason and Live
Students learn to use two pieces of music software, Propellerheads Reason and Ableton Live, for composition, recording and performance. In addition to studying the software and producing finished pieces of music or sound, students study performance techniques and what it takes to put on a show. The final for the class is a performance the students design and produce, making them responsible for concept, content, performance and publicity.