2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Advanced Audio Production Workshop

Last Updated: 11/17/2008

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Terry Setter music

Faculty Signature Required: Students can contact Terry Setter at or before the Academic Fair, May 14, 2008. For more information, contact Terry at tas@evergreen.edu. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

Major areas of study include audio recording and production and music technology.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: At least 12 credits of college level study of audio engineering.

This program will not be accepting new students winter quarter.

This is a half time, upper-division program in advanced audio production that is designed to support students who are interested in recording music for various media and contexts. Students will become familiar with advanced multitrack audio production techniques, their various applications, history and aesthetics. Time will be spent each quarter on developing the students’ ability to listen critically and providing them with instruction and exercises in the use of the advanced audio recording studio. Students will make recordings in class and as part of homework assignments. Students will also do reading, research, written homework, and oral presentations. Texts such as William Moylan’s Understanding and Crafting the Mix and David Miles Huber’s Modern Recording Techniques will be used as source materials. Additionally, students will be expected to work in pairs and put in at least 60 hours of recording time in addition to primary class activities.

In fall, students will train to pass the related proficiency test and develop an understanding of the technical and aesthetic history of audio production. Topics and activities will include basic acoustics, microphone design and placement, the use of compressors, limiters, and console block diagrams, and the theory of digital audio recording. In winter, students will be provided with increasingly advanced instruction and exercises in the use of recording technologies with an emphasis on Pro Tools software and Waves plug-ins, and the creation of mixes, including those for inclusion in the Evergreen Student CD Project. Topics and activities will include techniques for recording a rock band, mixing techniques, and applications of various signal processors. In spring, students will work to create well-balanced, innovative tracking and mixing. There will be an emphasis on mastering techniques, a field trip to four of Seattle’s most active recording studios, and a three-day intensive workshop with a leading industry professional.

Because this is an 8 credit program, students are expected to take one or more additional courses listed in the Evening & Weekend Studies catalog or another half time program to complete their 16 credit course load.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 20

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $50 for recording media.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in audio production and music technology.

Planning Units: Expressive Arts, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
November 17th, 2008 Restriction against joining program winter quarter added.