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Introduction to Recording Arts
MUS 379-01, Spring Semester 2005,  Audio Control Room CAT
Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-10:45 A.M.
Occasionally, Friday, 2:00-2:50 P.M., Recital Hall
(For recording of student recitals)

Course Prerequisite: MUS 181 and MUS 283, or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: three hours of lecture

Instructor: Dr. Bruce H. Frazier, Coulter 254, 828-227-2400
Email address: bfrazier@email.wcu.edu
Office hours by appointment

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

"Modern Recording Techniques"
Huber, David Miles and Robert E. Runstein.
Fifth Edition, Focal Press, 2001; ISBN 0-240-80456-2
(Available as a rental from the campus bookstore)

Books containing other supplemental reading materials are on reserve in Coulter 374

Periodicals and Books in Hunter Library provide additional resources

Grading System

A = 93-100
A- = 90-92
B+ = 88-89
B = 82-87
B-  = 80-81
C+ =78-79
C = 72-77
C- = 70-71
D+ = 68-69
D = 62-67
D- = 60-61
F = below 60
(For more information refer to the WCU Undergraduate Catalog.)

Grading Elements

Recital Recording/Projects
For more information refer to What is expected of me? on the More Information? web page.

Recital Recording and Project Grading Rubric

A - Outstanding
B - Good
C - Acceptable
 D - Poor
F - Unacceptable
Effective, creative presentation. Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the process and procedures involved in the project. Effective use of the assigned hardware and software. Recording and editing are transparent, without clipping, distortion, overdriven effects, or obvious overprocessing. Generally effective presentation. Demonstrates a clear understanding of the process and procedures involved in the project.  Some minor flaws. Adequate presentation. Demonstrates a basic knowledge of the process and procedures involved in the project.  Some obvious errors. Weak presentation. Process and procedures unclear. Editing draws attention to itself.  Some serious errors.  Did not complete. Unable to demonstrate the function of the tools or the process and procedures of the project.  Persistent errors.

Objectives of the Class

   After successful completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Trace an audio signal path through the various components of an audio console.
2. Describe various acoustic phenomena including the effects of sound pressures waves on human hearing, the basic principles of frequency (Hz) and amplitude (dB), and the various stages of an acoustic envelope.
3. Choose appropriate microphones and demonstrate proper placement for recording a variety of instruments in varying acoustic environments.
4. Record audio in stereo and multi-track digital audio formats
5. Demonstrate knowledge of computer hardware for importing, recording and editing audio using an application such as ProTools, Peak Audio, SoundForge, and Adobe Audition.
6. Enhance sound through the appropriate application of equalization, compression, reverberation and delay.
7. Mix prerecorded multiple tracks of music audio for aesthetic effect.
8. Use computer based audio editing software to master a recording on compact disk.
9. Demonstrate proper work ethics in the recording studio environment.
10. Effectively critique audio recording practices evident in recordings.

Music Tech Classroom Hours (Coulter 374)
(Subject to Change)

7:00-10:00 PM
7:00-10:00 PM
7:00-10:00 PM
7:00-10:00 PM

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