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what we will do

This course provides a foundation in the techniques of sound design, recording, production, and editing, for digital audio media. Students will understand the physics of sound, audio and audio editing terminology, and the digital processes used to transform sound. Students will both create and record sound files, and edit and produce a variety of multimedia audio elements using typical digital technology. Applicable uses include sound tracks for video/film, multimedia products for promotion and learning, musical entertainment products, web site enhancements, games, and virtual worlds.

Students will understand what makes a professional recording sound good, what to do if it sounds bad, and how to record sound correctly and eliminate noise, distortions and nasty room-effects.

Students will also create, or "design",sounds in software, apply processing effects such as EQ and compression, mix multi-track recordings, and produce audio products using current digital hardware and software.

Academic Integrity Policy. Academic integrity is the cornerstone of the university. Any student who attempts to gain unfair advantage over other students by violating the Academic Integrity Policy, may be reported to the university, and may receive serious sanctions.



No textbook is required. Web resource links will be provided, along with weekly study/review questions. (A recommended text to accompany the course is: Modern Recording Techniques by David Miles and Robert E Runstein.)

Note that the following links are likely to change, and the content updated, week to week.

week 1
assignment sheet week 1
   Original ocean storm sound
   Instructions for ocean storm
   Shiver Our Timbers dialog

pp Course intro
animated intro to sound
pp Sound intro updated
pp Decibels Envelope Overtones
Braukmann's First Audacity Demo

web Reading 1: Room Acoustics
Reading 2: Studio Setup SOS Guide
Reading 3: Acoustic Treatment
Optional: Evaluating Headphones

installing LAME

week 2
assignments week 2
example sample of assignment 1
Sinatras for assignment 2
Goulet model Goulet to fix
pp dB and envelope
pp EQ and reverb
pp Psychoacoustics
braukmann's assignment dialog

web Reading 2:
Audacity tutorial virtual room
Audacity's Reverb Tool
audio processing EQ and reverb
using equalization

animated intro to digital sound
visual notes EQ and reverb

examples: beats
examples: clipping
examples: formants Female
examples: formants Male
examples: decibel changes -1+1-2+2+3 dB

week 3
assignment sheet week 3
1. Furnace noise assigned
2. Waitress recording assigned
3. Thump and cough assigned
4. Squeaky door noise assigned
5. Ad dialog assigned
pp Noise Reduction
general noise reduction notes
using Audition for noise notes
EQ notes
the recording process
pp microphones and cables

Demo: Drum Track, Silent Sound With Latch

week 4
assignment sheet week 4
web Reading 1: Shure Home Rec
web Reading 2: Avoiding Distortion
web Reading 3: Microphone Types
demo moving the mic around
demo close or far mic location
intro to digital sound
pp compressors

examples: Room Sounds in Recordings

week 5
assignment sheet for week 5 -v2
study questions for week 5
Studio One and mixing notes
pp Intro to mixing
JB EQ compressing notes
typical compression settings
Lullaby of Birdland tracks

tracks for in-class mixing
Tears in the Rain tracks

Tokyo Dawn Free Plugins


week 6
assignment sheet week 6
intro to sound design
Starwars sound effects
Foley artists video

week 7
assignment sheet week 7
voiceover demos
voiceover scripts
voiceover background music pads
pp Voice-over class notes
voiceover on-line resource link
creating a constant tempo mix
pp Music Introduction

Songs for assignment 2
  Wagon Wheel
  Feel a Whole Lot Better
  kick drum 8 beats

week 8
assignment sheet week 8
pp music introduction
pp loops introduction
music theory summary sheet JB

individual project proposal form

meter examples
4/4 Blues E   4/4 A   3/4 Waltz
4/4 Blues syncopated   5/4 Ebm

mixing for style notes
Nora Jones example Nashville style
Chase Bank commercial example
New York pop mix examples

assignment track sets to pick from
  Can't Let You Go unmixed sample
  Can't Let You Go 11 tracks 

  Rivers Risin unmixed sample
  Rivers Risin 15 tracks 

  Christmas blues unmixed sample
  Christmas Blues 11 tracks 

  Turn On Me unmixed sample
  Turn On Me 16 tracks 

  Milk Cow Blues sample
  MIlk Cow Blues 10 tracks 

  Much Too Much unmixed sample
  Much Too Much 15 tracks 

week 9 - 10
assignment sheet week 9
pp sound design
pp music design
pp Intro to sound editing in film
pp sound In film technical details
music cookbook notes
MIDI notes
audio file formats
pp Optimization
pp Plugins

assignment 1 in-class lab
John Henry narration MP3 WAV
1850 Hits O Suzanna-Camptown

assignment 2 options
1- You Can't Get Out MP3, WAV
1- You Can't Get Out script
1- You Can't Get Out extra voices
2- Bedroom Canoe script
3- Rumplestiltskin script

MIDI music building blocks
moody background music:
  Classical music   Modern music

soundmap PDF Excel Example
qwerty keyboard recording with
  Studio One
week 9 checksheet <-Look!

web Reading 1: Mastering SLab
web Reading 2: Mastering RMag
mastering and publishing notes
recording log sheet - tracks

We will have a final quiz at 3:30 on Tuesday June 12. Here is the complete study guide.

All assignments must be turned in by 9:00 pm on Saturday June 9. The FTP password will be changed on June 10. If you need to get a copy of some of your files after that date, simply use the student folders link and right-click on the file you want.