Introduction to Recording Arts
Music 165

Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours

Introduction to Recording Arts (Music 165) is an introduction to the theory and practice of audio recording. Topics include: the nature of sound, basic acoustics, analog and digital audio recording systems, terminology, microphone principals and usage, recording styles and multitrack recording systems.

The purpose of Introduction to Recording Arts is to develop a level of familiarity with the equipment and processes used in a modern recording facility and private project studio. Techniques learned in this class are directed to the understanding of general recording industry standards and practice. By the end of the semester you will have enough information to assist in the production and recording of professional sounding demo recordings. Topics covered in this class include:

Audio recording:
• Types
• Digital sample rates
• Digital bit rates
• Digital transfer formats

Audio production techniques:
• Tracking
• Overdubbing
• Mixdown
• Bouncing
• Punching in/out
• Session procedures


Recording and sound reinforcement equipment
• Mixers
• Amplifiers


Monitor amps
• Effects processors
• Reference Monitors

Microphones
• Types
• Characteristics


Computers and digital audio software
• Types of computers
• Software
• Synthesizers and samplers

Room acoustics
• Terminology
• Speed of sound
• Waveform measurement
• Overtones
• Reverberation
• Standing waves


MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
• Terminology
• Programming