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Topics - Fall 2016

8/29-30
Alan & George
Intro to Studio: Studio rules, protecting your hearing and studeo equipment, studio schematic, online-documentation, plugs, jacks and cables. Nice Overivew from Reddit Part 1 and Part 2
9/5-6
Alan
Recording with Pro Tools 1: Pro Tools overview, setting up a session, adding tracks, assigning audio inputs/outputs, basic recording and playback, bouncing to disk - Handout
9/12-13
Alan
Recording with Pro Tools 2: Setting up a multi-track session, configuring time/tempo/meter, recording scratch tracks
9/19-29
Alan
Recording with Pro Tools 3: Recording modes, alternate takes, MEL instrument overview
9/26-27
Alan
MIDI: MIDI recording/playback, editing, quantization, software instruments
10/3-4
Alan
Microphones: Microphone design, frequency response, polar patterns, multi-mic techniques
10/10-11
NONE
No Class - (Monday classes meet 10/10 instead of 10/9)
10/17-18
George
Mathematics of Harmony: Harmonics series, tempering, strecting, intervals, scales, chords, inversions, etc.sets.
10/24-25
Alan
Comping/Mixing 1: Editing, auditioning takes, creating composite takes - Handout
10/31-11/1
Alan
Comping/Mixing 2: Plug-ins, automation
11//7-8
Alan
Mastering: Mastering in Pro Tools, the loudness wars, mastering for vinyl
11/14-15
George
Analog and Digital Synthesis: Hammond, Moog, etc., and the development of computers in music synthesis.
11/21-22
NONE
THANKSGIVING
11/28-29
George
Songwriting: Lyrics, music, copyright, commercialization, etc.
12/5-6
Alan & George
Review of Projects
FINALS
Alan & George
Review of Projects during scheduled exam period

Free Pro Tools Tutorials

PureMix (registration required)
Music Production Videos College

Other Good Links

NoteFlight - free online music scoring