Jacobs School Bulletin
Courses offered by the Recording Arts Department are listed below. Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester. The letter "P" identifies prerequisites for the course listed.
Audio Technology and Recording Techniques
MUS A100 - Introduction to Personal Recording
For students inside and outside the Jacobs School of Music who are not recording arts majors. Introduction to the science, technology, and techniques necessary to create and edit recordings.
MUS A101 - Introduction to Audio Technology
For recording arts majors only. Introduction to the equipment and techniques employed in audio recording and sound reinforcement.
MUS A102 - Audio Techniques I
P: A101 Introduction to Audio Technology. Introduction to studio equipment and recording procedures including microphone use, basic studio techniques, editing concepts, and recording and signal processing equipment.
MUS A201 - Audio Techniques II
P: A102 Audio Techniques I, and A150 Introductory Seminar in Recording Arts. Intermediate studio and recording procedures including signal processing, digital audio theory, and basic digital audio workstation techniques.
MUS A202 - Audio Techniques III
P: A201 Audio Techniques II. Advanced digital audio theory including media production, audio for Internet, and advanced digital audio workstation techniques.
MUS A270 - Multitrack Studio Techniques I
P: A102 Audio Techniques I and A150 Introductory Seminar in Recording Arts. Multitrack studio and recording procedures with an emphasis on signal processing and mixdown techniques.
MUS A321 - Sound for Picture Production
P: A202 Audio Techniques III and A270 Multitrack Studio Techniques I. Study of audio production techniques for radio, video, film, and multimedia. Emphasis on mixing criteria for broadcast and visual productions.
MUS A325 - Digital Audio Workstation Seminar
A seminar in intermediate and advanced digital audio workstation production techniques.
MUS A370 - Multitrack Studio Techniques II
P: A270 Multitrack Studio Techniques I and A350 Seminar in Recording Arts. Supervised practical experience in multitrack studio procedures with an emphasis on microphone and recording techniques. Small group and individual project work, plus group listening and discussion.
MUS A470 - Individual Multitrack Studio Projects I
P: A370 Multitrack Studio Techniques II. Advanced production experience in multitrack recording and mixing. Individual project work, plus group listening and discussion.
MUS A471 - Individual Multitrack Studio Projects II
P: A470 Individual Multitrack Studio Projects I. Individual projects in multitrack recording.
MUS A111 - Basic Electricity
P: Two years high school algebra, MATH M025 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, or equivalent. Fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, with review of necessary algebra.
MUS A112 - Electronics I
P: A111 Basic Electricity. AC theory and introduction to circuit elements and active devices.
MUS A211 - Electronics II
P: A112 Electronics I. System design and operation applied to audio, both analog and digital.
MUS A311 - Audio Repair and Maintenance I
P: A112 Electronics I. Instruction in basic maintenance of audio equipment and studio maintenance. Practical experience is emphasized.
MUS A312 - Audio Repair and Maintenance II
P: A311 Audio Repair and Maintenance I. Instruction in advanced audio equipment maintenance with concentration on wiring practices, system design, analysis, and repair. Practical experience is emphasized.
MUS A320 - Sound Reinforcement Techniques
P: A201 Audio Techniques II. An introduction to sound reinforcement systems and the techniques of sound reinforcement.
MUS A420 - Advanced Sound Reinforcement
P: A320 Sound Reinforcement Techniques. Study of advanced sound reinforcement, system design, and practical experience in sound reinforcement.
MUS A150 - Introductory Seminar in Recording Arts
P: A101 Introduction to Audio Technology. An introduction to critical listening for recording engineers and producers, with an emphasis on technical evaluation and aesthetic principles within the context of musical style.
MUS A340 - Topics in Recording Arts
May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor for different topics only.
MUS A350 - Seminar in Recording Arts
P: A150 Introductory Seminar in Recording Arts. Critical listening and discussion of recording techniques, concepts, and aesthetics.
MUS A360 - Recording Arts: Techniques and Production I
P: A201 Audio Techniques II and A270 Multitrack Studio Techniques I. Basic classical music recording and production techniques.
MUS A460 - Recording Arts: Techniques and Production II
P: A360 Recording Arts: Techniques and Production I. Advanced classical music recording and production techniques.
MUS A461 - Final Project in Recording Arts
P: Permission of instructor. Preparation of dossier summarizing all work completed (concurrent with last semester of on-campus course work). Student will make a presentation of the dossier to a group of music faculty including the director of recording arts and at least one other faculty member from outside the Audio Department.
MUS A480 - Internship in Audio
P: A461 Final Project in Recording Arts. Supervised experience in a working environment directly related to audio technology. Assessed by reports from the student and on-site supervisor.
MUS X090 - Audio Technical Crew
Required of all recording arts majors. Practical experience in all aspects of audio recording and reinforcement.