49 History Music Tech - Resources

From MusicTechWiki

This Resources Page contains valuable information you will need as a student in this class. You should bookmark this page in your browser.

Communication Channels

Instructor Support

Bruce Tambling - Co-Director Music Technology
I respond to email sent to within 2 business days, and often on the same day sent.
  1. On Campus Office Hours
    • None at this time
  2. Virtual Office Hours
  3. Canvas Messaging - please avoid using
    • These can be missed or lost
  4. Support Channel - Preferred
  5. Cell Phone
    • 408-313-9006
  6. Closed Facebook Group
  7. Canvas Announcements
    • Please be proactive and read recent announcements and all the archives
    • Don’t depend 100% on email notifications
  8. San Jose Recording Studio
    • 458A Reynolds Circle
    • San Jose, CA 95112
    • Studio Tours available by appointment

Additional Support

  1. Eric Kuehnl Co-Director Music Technology
  2. Canvas Support

Tech Support

The A-Team

  1. Al Ruffinelli - Music Tech Systems Admin
    • Al can help install software and troubleshoot hardware issues
    • 650-949-7055
    • Mon - Fri 10AM - 7PM
  2. Call Sweetwater
    • Great tech support for ALL issues!
    • (800) 222-4700
  3. Call Avid
    • Avid always resolves the issue 100%
    • 888-456-3444 or 978-275-2555

Craigs List

There are many people in the Craigs List Community that are happy to help you for FREE or a VERY reasonable price.

  1. Musicians
  2. Lessons and Tutoring
  3. Computer Services
  4. Creative Services

Canvas Assignment Schedule Google Sheet

This Google Sheet provides a top level birds eye view of ALL the Canvas Pages in this class. This is more for instructors and admins, but some students might appreciate an additional way to quickly view the class content. It is NOT required for students to use this Google Sheet.

Textbook, Software and Equipment

Textbooks and Online Content

Suggested Textbooks

Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture, and the Art of Studio Recording
Author: Susan Schmidt Horning
Kindle: $27.27
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; Reprint edition (December 1, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1421418483
ISBN-10: 1421418487
The History of Music Production
Author: Richard James Burgess
Kindle: $16.47
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 25, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0199357161
ISBN-13: 978-0199357161
UNSPSC Code: 55101500
The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice
Author: Richard James Burgess
Kindle: $14.74
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (September 2, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0199921725
ISBN-13: 978-0199921720
UNSPSC Code: 55101500

Required Video Content

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music
Publisher: PBS
Available on Amazon Streaming: $19.95

Website Accounts


  1. Canvas
    • Foothill College Online Learning Management System
  2. MusicTechWiki Account
    • Wiki website designed to support MusicTech classes. Signup for free
    • Create-MTW-Account
    • Secret wiki-code CAPTCHA provided in Canvas
  3. Google Account
    • We use Google Docs, Spreadsheets and Calendars in our Music Tech classes
  4. PureMix
    • PureMix is an online Music Technology site
    • You will need at minimum a Free PureMix Account

Suggested Subscriptions

  1. Mix With The Masters - Student Discount
  2. LinkedIn Learning subscription

Computer Requirements

Although most of the online content in this class can be accessed with mobile devices, some of the content and apps require a desktop or laptop computer.

Computer Hardware

  1. Every Music Technology student should have a personal computer!
    • A laptop is more versatile than a desktop computer
  2. Mac or Windows Operating System
  3. Get the fastest processor you can afford
  4. Get as much RAM as you can afford (at least 16GB - 32GB)
  5. Get the largest internal SSD (solid state drive) you can afford
  6. Refer to Avid Pro Tools System Requirements for additional information
    • This info from Avid on computer system requirements is helpful for all DAWs

External Storage

  1. External Drive
    • For audio and video media files
    • 500GB or 1TB SSD is fine
    • It's best to NOT store audio-video media files on your internal system drive

Web Browsers

  1. Any of the major browsers, preferably all three:
    • Google Chrome (recommended)
    • Firefox
    • Safari

Available Computer Labs

The Foothill College campus features two labs fully loaded with the latest version of Pro Tools and multimedia software applications. Online students are always welcome to join any of the face-to-face lectures or activities on the Foothill campus as your schedule permits.

Computer Software Requirements

Required Software

  1. For Avid Pro Tools Certification classes, Pro Tools software is required
  2. For all other Music Technology classes, student may choose any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
    • Including Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Love, FL Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, Reaper, GarageBand etc.
  3. Screen Capture Software
    • Students will be required to submit a screen capture video for some creative projects and technical assignments
    • For more info: How to Create Screencasts

Recommended Software

Pro Tools

In addition to your primary DAW, we recommend that all Music Technology Students learn Pro Tools. Even with the wide range of capable DAWs available, like Ableton, Logic, FL Studio etc., Pro Tools remains the industry standard DAW. Foothill College is an authorized Avid Pro Tools Certification Center offering the highest levels of Pro Tools Expert Certification for Music and Post. Bruce Tambling and Eric Kuehnl, Co-Directors Foothill Music Technology, are Avid Certified Pro Tools Expert Level Instructors.

Foothill College offers more Avid Pro Tools Certification classes than any other community college in the country and as a student you qualify for discounted subscription. Learning the basics of Pro Tools is not difficult and the signal path is similar to traditional mixing consoles which is good knowledge to have.

Pro Tools Options
  1. Use the computers in the IDEA Lab and KCI with Pro Tools installed
  2. Purchase subscription directly from Avid
    • Student DISCOUNT Price is $8.25/month
  3. is a great place to purchase Pro Tools, at student discount, because they offer free tech support that is better than Avid support
  4. Students who are declared Music Technology Majors may qualify for a free one year subscription to Pro Tools Ultimate

Suggested Equipment

Here are some key pieces of equipment for putting together a home studio.

  1. iLok
    • USB thumb drive required for plugin licenses
  2. Headphones
    • Very useful to have a good set of headphones
  3. Audio Interface
    • Better than sound card built into your computer.
  4. MIDI Keyboard Controller
  5. External Speakers
    • Sounds better than speakers built into your computer
  6. Microphone - Dynamic or Condenser
  7. Acoustical Panels

File Downloads

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