AUDI - Audio Production


2017-2018 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

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Course Descriptions

AUDI 1000 Audio Production I for Non-Majors (3)

This course is intended for students not pursuing any further courses in audio production. The student examines the basics of audio recording, editing, sound mixing and special effects. The student is expected to work independently in the audio studio.

AUDI 1050 Introductory Topics in Audio (1-3)

Offered periodically to deal with topics in audio not covered by regularly offered courses. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

AUDI 1061 Steal This Music (3)

Through case study of controversies in the music industry, students learn about the cultures and institutions of music and the ethical considerations applied to creation, distribution, and consumption of music. Students learn to analyze both the context and the specifics of the ethical dilemmas facing music industry professionals, as well as the average person. Students learn to advocate for ethical individual and societal responses to resolve or address these dilemmas.  

AUDI 1062 Songs of Protest: Words and Music in the Struggle for Change (3)

This course will survey the development of the "protest song" from the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to explore the synergy of words and music into a powerful communication tool in the struggle for change. It is not a course in music history or composition. Students will examine examples of protest songs and consider the song's socio/political impact, the life of its composer/performer, the ethical values expressed, and the song's place in history. Songs from social struggles including slavery, racial equality, the rise of labor unions, LGBTQ rights and anti-war protests will form the core of the course content. Although the course will focus on the protest song in America, it will also touch on its global role in other countries such as South Africa and Russia. The central question to be considered is "how have songs been used as a tool to effect social and political change and have they been effective?"

Course work includes weekly lectures, reading and listening assignments; participation in a discussion group; and writing projects that focus on analysis of songs and their role in social struggles in America and beyond. Course may be repeated if content varies. Content for this course does not vary significantly from term to term.  

AUDI 1100 Audio Production I for Majors (2)

Intended for audio production majors, audio production minors, and any student who intends to take more advanced audio classes. The course provides an introduction to the technology, techniques and science employed in audio production.  Topics include transducers (microphones and loudspeakers), mixing console function and operation, gain structure, signal path, audio editing and hearing preservation.  Prerequisites: EPMD 1000 or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: AUDI 1101. 

AUDI 1101 Audio Production I Lab for Audio Majors (1)

This is an introductory practical course designed to accompany AUDI 1100. The course challenges students to apply the concepts learned in AUDI 1100 to hands-on production work. The student is expected to work independently and in small groups both in the audio studio and in the field. Course must be taken concurrently with AUDI 1100. Prerequisite: EMPD 1000 or permission of instructor. Co-Requisite: AUDI 1100.

AUDI 1200 Introduction to MIDI (3)

Students learn the basics of MIDI recording, note editing, parameter control, and creation of music written in the program Digital Performer. Students are expected to work independently in the MIDI studio.

AUDI 2000 Audio Production II (3)

Continues and expands the concepts and techniques presented in AUDI 1100 Audio Production I for Majors. Students learn advanced stereo audio production, both in the studio and on location. Prerequisite: AUDI 1100.

AUDI 2050 Audio Technology Practicum (3)

The student examines equipment layout and operation through practical exercises. Concepts are tested as the student incorporates skills from basic to advanced. Course must be taken concurrently with AUDI 2000. Prerequisite: AUDI 1100.

AUDI 2100 Radio Production (3)

The student explores the theoretical and practical elements of radio production and radio station operation. Topics include basic announcing, interviewing, tape and digital editing, news reading, production of station "promos" and commercials, radio programming/formats, FCC regulations, and audience research. Technical skills include the operation of standard broadcast equipment. Each student is expected to work independently in the radio studio. Prerequisite: AUDI 1000 or AUDI 1100 or permission of the instructor.

AUDI 2300 Pro Tools (3)

Students learn the basic principles of this industry standard digital audio workstation (DAW) and its uses in recording studio technology. The course focuses on Pro Tools software and its various applications including post-production, mixing, and effects processing. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 3000 Multitrack Recording (3)

Students learn multitrack audio recording strategies and techniques. Topics include studio session procedures, theory and operation of multitrack tape recorder and audio console, and multitrack recording techniques for speech and music. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 3100 Audio Field Production for Visual Media (3)

Students enrolled in this course learn the basics of recording audio on location for visual media. This includes sound for film, video and interactive media. The course consists of both theory and hands-on assignments. Students will work on actual projects. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 3150 Topics (1-3)

Offered periodically to deal with topics in audio not covered by regularly offered courses. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: May vary with topic.

AUDI 3200 Applied Audio Maintenance (3)

The objectives of this course are to teach the basic and intermediate repair, maintenance and troubleshooting principles and techniques for audio recording studio systems. Both hands-on training and lecture are used. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 3300 Sound System Operation and Design (3)

The student analyzes the principles and applications of sound system design and operation. Topics include basic acoustics, loudspeaker coverage/alignment, power amplifiers, system interconnection, troubleshooting and operation of sound reinforcement systems. The course examines both permanent and portable systems. The student demonstrates sound system design theory by mixing the "house sound" for specific events on campus when possible. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 3400 Location Recording (3)

The student records a wide variety of concerts on location, including faculty and student performances. Projects are discussed in class, with an emphasis on the process of location recording. Discussion topics include microphone techniques, logistics and professionalism. May be repeated for credit if content varies. Prerequisite: AUDI 3000.

AUDI 3450 Analog Recording & Technology (3)

This course introduces the student to the world of analog audio recording, analog signal processing, direct-to-two-track and multitrack analog recording. The course combines technical material with hands-on experience, listening sessions, and discussion of the relationship between the technical and expressive realms. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 3500 Digital Audio (3)

The student practices strategies and techniques for audio production on computer platforms, including advanced editing and basic automation. Prerequisite: Completion of, or current enrollment in, AUDI 3000 or permission of instructor.

AUDI 3599 Independent Study (Juniors or Seniors) (1-12)

Independent Study involves research work on a specialized subject or project, artistic work, or study of an interdisciplinary nature. In contrast to a practicum, the emphasis in an independent study is usually on individual pursuit of a specific content area. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: Filing of official form and permission of instructor.

AUDI 3600 MIDI Applications: Sequencing (3)

The student creates sound design projects and prepares content for presentation and distribution while practicing sequencing and sound synthesis. The student analyzes signal flow and configures a digital audio workstation comprised of MIDI, audio and computer networks. The student synchronizes sound to video, produces unique composite sounds and extends synthesis skills. Prerequisite: AUDI 1200 or permission of the instructor.

AUDI 3750 Inside the Box (3)

The student analyzes and explores the technical design of recording studio equipment: microphones, preamps, consoles, equalizers and the like. The course combines audio and electronic theory, audio design concepts, and hands-on work with electronic parts. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 3900 Audio Aesthetics (3)

The student analyzes and discusses the aesthetics of recording techniques, sound design, reproduction principles and production philosophies as they relate to professional audio practice. A survey of recordings and aural experiences, both past and present, are employed to help the student define creative goals and to develop more effective critical listening, production, and communication skills. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 3950 Technical Ear Training 1 (2)

This course will, through a sequence of specific interactive listening exercises, develop and improve the student's aural sensitivity to small changes in sound quality. The students will train to identify spectral variables in sound, develop a stable reference in sound quality and spectral content, and develop his or her set of skills for identifying and discriminating between the spectral characteristics of musical instruments. In addition to the 1-hour mentoring session each week, the student will be required to individually complete training assignments in the technical ear training lab, averaging 3 to 4 hours of training per week. Prerequisites: AUDI 2000 or permission of instructor.

AUDI 3960 Technical Ear Training 2 (2)

This course is the second in the sequence of technical ear training (TET) courses. The course builds on the timbral recognition and reference skills developed in AUDI 3950 Technical Ear Training 1, expanding to cover multiple concurrent filters and peak/dip differentiation. In addition to the 1-hour mentoring session each week, the student will be required to individually complete training assignments in the technical ear training lab, averaging 3 to 4 hours of training per week. Prerequisite: AUDI 3950.

AUDI 3970 Technical Ear Training 3 (2)

This course expands upon the first two semesters of technical ear training (TET). The course builds on the timbral recognition and reference skills developed so far in TET. Topics include expanding to cover multiple concurrent filters with multiple gain possibilities, very-low gain filters and 1/3-octave resolution with multiple filters. In addition to the 1-hour mentoring session each week, the student will be required to individually complete training assignments in either of the technical ear training lab, averaging 4 hours of training per week. Prerequisite: AUDI 3960.

AUDI 4000 Music Recording (3)

Students learn the strategies and techniques used for recording various types of music. Topics include planning a music recording session; the role of the recording engineer; microphone techniques; and recording and mixing. Recordings are in the studio and on location, using both the multitrack and two-track recorders. Some class projects require meeting on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Prerequisite: AUDI 3000.

AUDI 4050 Professional Level Audio Production (3)

The student analyzes and discusses the craft of audio production, develops effective operational procedures, and incorporates those procedures into practice in the studio and the field. The student investigates the aesthetics of editing, creative sonic presentation, and resource management while demonstrating professional performance in the modern voiceover/ADR production environment. Prerequisites: AUDI 2000, AUDI 3000, AUDI 3900.

AUDI 4100 Advanced Audio Mixing (3)

The student practices and explores a variety of strategies and techniques used for mixing multiple styles of music. Prerequisite: AUDI 3000, AUDI 3500.

AUDI 4200 Jingles (3)

With a focus on achievement through collaboration, audio, advertising and marketing communications, public relations and composition students engage in practical process of creating, recording, mixing music and voice for public relations and advertising/marketing campaigns. The student analyzes the elements of a strong soundtrack, successful sound design and becomes versed in producing audio content for multi-tiered applications. Prerequisite: AUDI 3000 for audio production majors, none for other majors.

AUDI 4300 Advanced MIDI Applications: Film Scoring (3)

Students learn the technique of composing music for film and video. Includes discussion of synchronization, MIDI applications, postscoring, and film music aesthetics. Prerequisite: AUDI 3600 or permission of the instructor.

AUDI 4400 Audio Facility Management and Operations (3)

Students learn the inner workings of a recording studio business. Topics include booking time; establishing rates; hiring and firing; billing; equipment procurement; and relationships between owners, management and staff, maintenance, and engineers. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 4500 Soundtracks for Visual Media (3)

Students learn advanced audio techniques as they relate to video and film production. Focuses on uses of sound in video and film production, and audio mixing for visual media. Students work with advanced video/film students on projects. Prerequisite: AUDI 3000.

AUDI 4610 Readings in Audio Production (3)

Prerequisites: Media major, junior or senior standing, filing of official form, and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

AUDI 4620 Senior Overview (3-6)

Provides an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate their proficiency in audio production. The student assumes responsibility for the production of a project under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Senior standing, acceptance into the major through portfolio review, filing of official form, and permission of the instructor.

AUDI 4700 Professional Development in Audio Production (3)

Students learn to prepare for careers in the field of audio. Topics include portfolio development and presentation; professional organizations; interviewing skills; and résumé preparation. Prerequisites: Audio production major AND senior standing.

AUDI 4800 Audio Engineering (3)

Students apply their knowledge of audio in a variety of recording settings. Students assume responsibility for the administration of the recording studio, including the maintenance, scheduling, and operation of the audio facility. Prerequisites: AUDI 3000 AND permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

AUDI 4850 Acoustics (3)

Students learn the principles of acoustics and their application to audio production. Topics include wavefront propagation, sound fields, small vs. large room acoustics, reflections, reverberation, noise, absorption, diffusion, isolation and subjective aesthetics. Measurement, visualization and rendering of the acoustical properties of several physical spaces and acoustical phenomena are incorporated. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 4860 Psychoacoustics (3)

Students will learn about the relationship between the physical world and "what we hear,” as the course covers many of the fundamental elements involved in mapping objective to subjective audio parameters. Topics include physiology of the auditory system, the ear-brain mechanism, sound source localization, thresholds, masking and an introduction to psychophysics. Prerequisite: AUDI 2000.

AUDI 4900 Pro-Seminar in Music Recording (3)

Each student acts as a "second engineer," working with a nationally recognized recording engineer during the recording and mixing of a music album for commercial release. Each student assists in the recording, mixing, and editing of a master tape, which may take place on location or in the university's recording studio. The style of music to be recorded and the recording artists vary. The seminar consists of two stages: planning/recording and mixdown/mastering. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: AUDI 4000 AND permission of the instructor.