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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 weekly links below are likely to change, and the content is likely to be updated, week to week. So please check the current links each week.

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

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

assigned web resource reading
1: Room Acoustics
2: Basic Room Treatments
3: Home Studio Setup SOS Guide
5: More Room Acoustics
6: Evaluating Headphones

installing LAME from their website
or drop this file into your app folder

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

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

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. rough ad dialog to edit
pp Noise Reduction
pp dB and envelope
general noise reduction notes

assigned web resource reading
11: Audacity's Noise Reduction Tool
12: Noise Reduction Tools
13: Short term noise with Audition
using Audition for noise notes
animated intro to digital sound
EQ notes
the recording process
pp microphones and cables

Demo: Drum Track, Silent Sound With Latch

week 4
assignment sheet week 4
web resource links
21: Microphones 101

24: Mic types and uses
22: Mic Basics: Freq. Response
31: Intro Home Recording
33: Preventing Distortion
demo moving the mic around
demo close or far mic location
intro to digital sound (sound3.swf)
pp compressors

examples: Room Sounds in Recordings
note: quiz Monday April 29 on the study questions from Week 2 and 3

week 5
assignment sheet for week 5
study questions for week 5
Studio One and mixing notes
pp Intro to mixing
JB EQ compressing notes
compressor operation graphic
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
study guide for quiz

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

voiceover reading assignment

songs for assignment 2 & lab
  Wagon Wheel
  Sucker For You
  Feel a Whole Lot Better
  kick drum 8 beats

week 8
assignment sheet week 8 revised
pp music introduction part 1
pp music introduction part 2
pp music introduction part 3
pp loops introduction
music theory summary sheet JB
cinematic trailer loops
blues loops with no key change

individual project proposal form
(optional if you are up-to-date with weekly assignments)

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

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

assignment track sets to pick from
  Sante Fe mixed sample
  Sante Fe 10 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 

  Fragile Thoughts sample
  Fragile Thoughts short 7 tracks 
  Fragile Thoughts long 7 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
pp Optimization
pp Plugins
audio file formats

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

assignment 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- Potted Cactus script
3- Bedroom Canoe script
4- 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 5:00 pm on Monday June 10. Here is the comprehensive study guide.

No assignments may be turned in after 9:00 pm on Friday June 7. The FTP password will be changed on June 8. 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.