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Fall 2017
Aug 24, 2019
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MUSC 250 - Recording Arts I
This course focuses on developing students' artistic ability of active critical listening, and enhancing the skills needed to apply that aural acuity in the making and modifying of evocative audio recordings of music, spoken-word and natural sound material. This course is open to music majors and minors, and to the general student body. Some knowledge of music theory fundamentals is helpful but not required.

Students will learn:
•	basic concepts and parameters of analog and digital audio, and how they represent sound
•	microphone characteristics, and microphone selection and placement techniques for monaural and stereo audio capture of voices, instruments, and environmental sounds
•	how to evaluate and alter the stereo imaging, dynamic range, and spectral balance of recordings
•	how to understand and manipulate the signal flow and routing in an audio system
•	how to recognize and minimize unwanted distortion and background noise in recordings
•	the basic functions of computer digital audio workstations (DAWs) and portable audio recording devices
•	the aesthetics, conventions and techniques of editing for spoken word voice and music projects
•	several different methods for interfacing recording equipment with sound reinforcement systems to capture multitrack audio files at live performances
•	how to plan for the unique requirements of both simple and complex location recordings
•	the roles of overdubbing and mixing in studio production projects
•	useful skills for recording other performers as well as techniques for recording oneself.

The raw materials for this study will be audio recordings captured at previous musical performances and other sources, plus current happenings on the Hilltop: GU’s Friday Music Series concerts, and other events around the campus and beyond. Some recording projects will be undertaken as a class group; others are to be conceived and completed by individual students or pairs of classmates.

Students will use Avid's Pro Tools digital audio workstation software and associated hardware for recording, production, editing and mixing of audio on Mac OSX computers. These tasks will be accomplished in a recording studio and several editing stations in the Gelardin New Media Center. Pro Tools is a well-known music production platform in settings from casual hobbyist recordings to professional studios. Students will also be introduced to other hardware and software tools for working with music and spoken-word audio including portable devices and systems for recording on location.

Music Performance Fee: $150.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Performing Arts Department

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