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49 History of Music Technology

49 History of Music Technology - Textbook

The history of music technology and sound recording from the earliest analog devices to current digital streaming services. How technological change is inseparable from economic, cultural and political change. Ways that music producers responded to different access of technologies shaped by geographical and economic factors. Historical, cultural and theoretical understanding of recorded sound, media, and digital distribution. How the digital era, laptop computers and mobile phones made home studios the dominant location for commercial record production. Hands-on experience with a variety of analog and digital audiovisual technologies. Identify hallmark sounds from commercially released recordings by historically significant audio engineers, music producers and artists.

50A Intro to Music Technology

50A Intro to Music Technology - Textbook

Introduction to creating music with computers, keyboards, audio samples and beats using Pro Tools and other digital audio workstations. Basic principles and use of MIDI sequencing/audio software. Songwriting, musical composition, mixing, mastering and the basic elements of music (pitch, rhythm, harmony, style and form) as they relate to contemporary music. Basic music production using DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations). General computer literacy and media management. All styles are included, and prior musical training is not required.

52A Mixing and Mastering I

52A Mixing and Mastering 1 - Textbook

Mixing and mastering multitrack recordings using Pro Tools. EQ, compression, reverb, delays, tempo maps, harmonic distortion, multi-band compression. Comparison and contrast of various styles of mixing including jazz, classical, country, rock, hip hop and electronica etc. Example exercises featuring professional recordings and mixes. Understanding and applying mixing concepts such as balance, dimension, and monitoring. Deliver final mixes that translate accurately to various speaker systems and listening environments.

52B Mixing and Mastering II

52B Mixing and Mastering 2 - Textbook

Advanced mixing and mastering techniques with Pro Tools. EQ, compression, reverb, delays and tempo maps as applied to all styles of music including jazz, pop, rock, hip-hop, orchestral and electronica. Apply critical listening to mixes and enhance mixes with automation, audio plug-ins and external hardware equipment. Use multi-band compression and advancing audio processing in mastering. Study mixes of professional audio engineers and recording artists. Prepare to work in commercial production facilities and apply these techniques in a home studio. Learn professional collaboration workflows, file management and delivery to a wide range of formats including CD, DVD, MP3 and Internet Streaming. Although this course uses Pro Tools, the concepts and techniques can be applied to any digital audio workstation (Logic, Cubase etc.) or any traditional analog mixing console.

53A Audio Plugins and Signal Processing

53A Signal Processing and Audio Plugins - Textbook

Creative applications of software plugins and outboard hardware used in contemporary music production and sound design. Signal processing, equalization, compression, Beat Detective, distortion, reverb, delay, pitch correction, modulation, advanced plugin automation techniques. Compare plugins and processors from different companies, including Sonnox, McDSP, Massey, Avid, Antares and Waves. Waves Certification Program textbook provides high-quality, standardized means of mastering audio plugins. Practice with a wide range of material and genres, including rock, pop, hip hop, jazz, acoustic, orchestral, electronic and spoken word. Apply techniques to any digital audio workstation, including Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live and Studio One, and traditional analog mixing consoles.

54A Music Theory for Audio Producers

54A Music Theory for Audio Producers - Textbook

Introductory course in music theory as applied to audio production, music technology and songwriting. Study elements of music, including melody, rhythm, chords and musical forms. Understand traditional music notation as applied to MIDI sequencers, Pro Tools and other Digital Audio Workstations (DAWS). Edit drum and percussion notation to program beats, MIDI sequencer Event Lists, and digital sample libraries. Ear training exercises for audio engineers to make equalization and production decisions based on harmonic overtones, key signatures and chord progressions. Selected listening and analysis of famous composers and award-winning producers in a wide variety of styles. Study the Nashville number music notation shorthand system. Develop ability to quickly and effectively recognize chord changes and transpose to any key. Learn to read, write and conduct orchestral scores used in commercial recording studios. Apply traditional music theory concepts to modern digital audio editing software, such as Melodyne, Autotune, Elastic Audio, and computer virtual instrument orchestration.

70A Pro Tools 101 Avid Certification

70A Pro Tools 101 - Textbook

Introduction to Pro Tools with Avid Certification training material. Basic audio editing tools and techniques, plug-ins and mixing in the Pro Tools environment. Build sessions that include multitrack recordings of live instruments, MIDI sequences, virtual instruments, audio loops and beats. Practical experience with examples from major label recording artists and feature films. Understanding menus, windows, preferences and system configurations for Pro Tools in home studios and professional facilities. Intro to automation, dialog editing and audio post production for film and video. Required for Avid Pro Tools Certification.

70B Pro Tools 110 Avid Certification

70B Pro Tools 110 - Textbook

Pro Tools production concepts and techniques with Avid Certification training material. Recording, editing, routing audio and MIDI data. Managing Pro Tools sessions, using virtual instruments, plug-ins, loop recording, Elastic Audio, Beat Detective and music notation. Conform loops and beats to any tempo. Introduction to control surfaces, automation modes and signal path workflows. Practical applications with examples from professional recording artists including pop, rock, jazz and hip hop. Create tempo maps, meter changes and transpose key signatures. Required for Avid Pro Tools Operator Level Certification.

70C Pro Tools 201 Avid Certification

70C Pro Tools 201 - Textbook

Avid Pro Tools Certified training material covers concepts and skills needed to operate Pro Tools in a professional recording studio environment. Introduction to Pro Tools HD system configurations. Pro Tools HD features, including control surfaces, automation, advanced editing, mixing, hardware setup and session management. Practical examples and experience with exercise files from professional music, film and TV productions. Required class for Avid Pro Tools Operator Level Certification. Prepares for enrollment in Pro Tools 300 Expert Level Certification Courses.

70D Pro Tools 210M Avid Certification

70D Pro Tools 210M - Textbook

Avid Pro Tools Certified course completes skills needed to operate sophisticated Pro Tools systems in professional music production environments. Music production techniques, composing with MIDI, loop editing, sampling in Pro Tools, Beat Detective, drum replacement and augmentation, final mixing and mastering. Collaborate workflows between home studios and commercial recording facilities. Pro Tools keyboard shortcuts for increased efficiency. Practical examples and experience with exercise files from professional recording artists. Successful completion achieves Avid Pro Tools Operator Music Certification.

82A Careers in Music Technology

82A Careers in Music Technology - Textbook

An overview of the music technology industry and career opportunities. Study degree and certification programs that lead to job positions in the content creation industry. Develop advertising and social media marketing skills to promote and brand artists and producers. Learn entrepreneurial strategies to advance student's career and collaborate with professionals. Apply music technology concepts to a wide variety of fields, including software development, sound design, video production, game audio, the record industry, manufacturing and live performance. Explore internship positions. Develop portfolios of content designed to enter the workforce or transfer to additional degree programs. Guest lectures from local industry professionals; field trips to studios, production facilities and high tech companies.

84A Music and Medicine

84A Music and Medicine - Textbook

Introduction to the field of music therapy and the creative powers of sound. Survey the history of the American Music Therapy Association as applied by practicing music therapists. Study diverse styles of music, including classical, jazz, blues, pop, hip-hop, new age and world music used as a transformative force to enhance social, emotional, educational, behavioral development and pain management. Apply music therapy concepts to compose and produce original music. Develop music making skills with drumming, group songwriting, lyric analysis, guided relaxation, movement, improvisation and original compositions integrated with the latest music software technologies, including Pro Tools and Virtual Instruments. Study prevention of injury and maintenance of health for musicians and performing artists. Survey careers in the music therapy industry, including degrees, certifications and multi-media production applications.