|Music 192: Introduction|
|Music 192 is a two-quarter lecture/studio course covering the basic principles involved in the process of recording sound. The first quarter, Music 192A, covers microphones and the principles of sound transduction, basic analog audio electronics, device interconnection, shielding and grounding, analog-to-digital conversion, and magnetic recording processes in both analog and digital systems. Studio equipment including microphones, amplifiers, equalizers and mixing consoles are demonstrated and employed in studio exercises. There are homework assignments, studio exercises, and written in-class midterm and final exams in 192A. The grade will be determined by homework (20%), lab exercises (20%), a midterm (20%) and the final (40%). Lecture attendance and class participation will also be considered.
Since Music 192 is part of the Music, Science, and Technology core curriculum, enrollment priority is given to those enrolled in the MST program, both undergraduate and graduate. Class size is limited by the availability of equipment and studio space, so to guarantee a place in the class you should declare an MST major/minor. (For undergraduates, the 192 series is intended to be taken junior year.
The required reading for Music 192A is available on the 192A web site as notes for the week, including excerpts from the Science of Sound Recording specially for this class. Recommended textbooks for 192A are:
"Sound and Recording: An Introduction" by Francis Rumsey and Tim McCormick, 7th Edition, Focal Press, 2014.
"Professional Microphone Techniques" by David Miles Huber and Philip Williams, Mix Books, 1998.
"Mic It" by Ian Corbett, Focal Press, 2015.
"The Science of Sound Recording" by Jay Kadis, 1st Edition, Focal Press, 2012.
Professional Microphone Techniques is helpful for learning microphone selection and placement and comes with a CD of examples. Mic It is a more up-to-date examination of microphone operation and placement. Examples are available on an accompanying web site. Sound and Recording: An Introduction is a good reference for recording topics including some not covered in class and for alternative explanations of theories and practices. The Science of Sound Recording is helpful for those without a science background beyond what is presented in class.
The second quarter, Music 192B, concentrates on advanced analog and digital audio processes and in-the-studio hands-on experience working on your own recording project. Topics include advanced mixing techniques including dynamic range processing, time delay based effects and automation, digital audio systems for recording and mixing, mastering and media for product delivery. 192B involves studio exercises, a midterm and a recording project, which we will share in a final class listening session. The grade will be determined by exercises (25%), midterm (25%) and the project (50%). Both quarters include lectures and studio demonstrations.
The text for 192B is
"Principles of Digital Audio" by Ken C. Pohlmann, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2011.
Music 192C is an independent-study class that may be taken after the lecture courses 192A/B are completed, giving students ongoing access to the recording studio and individual help as required to continue recording projects. It may be taken for one or two units depending on the length and complexity of the projects and may be repeated.