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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 pdf version
assignment sheet week 1 rtf version
   Instructions for ocean storm
   Shiver Our Timbers dialog
   (Actual ocean storm sound)

pp Course intro
intro to sound animated - pp version
pp Sound intro parts 1 and 2
pp Sound intro part 3 Reverb
Braukmann's personal Audacity Notes

Examples of well-recorded and mixed music (Try out your headphones)

week 1 evaluation check sheet assigned web resource reading

week 2
assignment sheet week 2 pdf version
assignment sheet week 2 rtf version
assignment 1 dialog audio to use
(And notice the sound library link for doors, footfalls, etc. in the left menu) example sample of assignment 1
Goulet track to fix Goulet model
Sinatra tracks for assignment 2

pp on EQ and pp on Reverb

week 2 evaluation check sheet
assigned web resource reading

week 3
assignment sheet week 3 PDF
assignment sheet week 3 RTF
1. Furnace noise assigned
2. Waitress recording assigned
3. Squeaky door noise assigned
4. Thump and cough assigned
5. Rough ad dialog to edit

pp Noise Reduction
pp dB Envelope Harmonics
examples: clipping
examples: formants Female
examples: formants Male
example: decibel changes -1+1-2+2+3 dB

Demo Tracks:
Drum Track,
Silent Sound With Latch

week 3 evaluation check sheet

week 4
assignment sheet week 4 PDF
assignment sheet week 4 RTF
Musical Background Pads to Use
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)

Controlled Comparison of Room Sounds in Recordings

week 4 evaluation check sheet

week 5
assignment sheet for week 5 PDF
assignment sheet for week 5 RTF
pp Intro to mixing
pp Intro to loops
pp Intro to trailer music
qwerty keyboard recording with
  Studio One

tracks for mixing
Lullaby of Birdland tracks
Fragile Thoughts tracks (see the alternative download option in the assignment sheet)

week 5 evaluation check sheet


week 6
assignment sheet week 6 pdf version
assignment sheet week 6 rtf version
intro to sound design
Starwars sound effects
Foley artists video
week 6 evaluation check sheet

week 7
assignment sheet week 7 pdf version assignment sheet week 7 pdf version
voiceover demos
voiceover background music pads
pp Intro to Voice-over
on-line resource link
week 7 evaluation check sheet

songs for tempo assignment - check assignment for which songs to use
  Wagon Wheel
  Sucker For You
  Feel a Whole Lot Better
  kick drum 8 beats

week 8
assignment sheet week 8
pp music introduction part 1
pp music introduction part 2
pp creating a simple sound map
pp loops introduction
music theory summary sheet JB
cinematic trailer loops
blues loops to use (with no key change)
blank sound map pdf, Excel

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

example movie scene analysis
week 8 evaluation check sheet

week 9 - 10
assignment sheet week 9 PDF
assignment sheet week 9 RTF
Mixing style examples:
Nora Jones example Nashville style
Chase Bank commercial example
Urban pop mix examples
pp Intro to sound editing in film
pp sound In film technical details
music cookbook notes
pp Mixing 2
pp Mastering
pp MIDI notes
Recording a software instrument in Studio one
pp audio file formats

Tracks for story demo lecture
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

moody background music:
  Classical music   Modern music

week 9-10 evaluation check sheet
final quiz course review questions

MIDI files to paste into Presence
MIDI music building blocks

blank soundmap PDF or Excel
recording log sheet - tracks