Audio Engineering and Sound Production

Courses

Jacobs School Bulletin

2019-20
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Courses offered by the Department of Audio Engineering and Sound Production are listed below. Please check the Schedule of Classes for course offerings each semester. The letter "P" identifies prerequisites for the course listed.

MUS  A100 - Foundations of Audio Technology

Theoretical and practical foundation in the basics of audio technologies and signal flow for live sound reinforcement, studio and location audio recording, sound for visual media, and other contemporary production paradigms. Designed to meet the needs of modern performers, composers, educators, and content producers of audio and visual media.

MUS  A101 - Introduction to Audio Technology

For audio engineering and sound production majors only. Introduction to the technology and techniques employed in audio recording, editing, and mixing; sound production for visual media, and live sound reinforcement.

MUS  A102 - Audio Techniques I

Introduction to studio equipment and recording procedures including microphone use, basic studio techniques, editing concepts, and recording and signal processing equipment.

MUS  A111 - Electronics I

Fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, with review of necessary algebra.

MUS  A112 - Electronics II

AC theory and introduction to circuit elements and active devices.

MUS  A150 - Introductory Seminar in Audio Engineering and Sound Production

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  A201 - Audio Techniques II

Intermediate studio and recording procedures including signal processing, digital audio theory, and basic digital audio workstation techniques.

MUS  A202 - Audio Techniques III

Advanced digital audio theory including media production, audio for Internet, and advanced digital audio workstation techniques.

MUS  A211 - Electronics III

System design and operation applied to audio, both analog and digital.

MUS  A212 - Electronics IV

Instruction in basic maintenance of audio equipment and studio maintenance. Practical experience is emphasized.

MUS  A270 - Multitrack Studio Techniques I

Introduction to multitrack recording studio procedures with an emphasis on mixing console operation, signal flow, microphone selection and use, and recording session planning and etiquette.

MUS  A320 - Sound Reinforcement Techniques

An introduction to sound reinforcement system design and operation.

MUS  A321 - Sound for Picture Production

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

Advanced digital audio workstation techniques.

MUS  A330 - Modern Recording Studio Techniques

Hybrid course designed to give practical hands-on experience recording, mixing, and mastering music. Oriented towards students studying music or media who need to be proficient in audio production. Coursework includes online reading, videos, and guided production exercises, along with a weekly instructor-led lab and student-produced final recording and mixing project.

MUS  A340 - Topics in Audio Engineering and Sound Production

Variable topics. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor for different topics.

MUS  A350 - Seminar in Audio Engineering and Sound Production

Critical listening and discussion of recording techniques, concepts, and aesthetics.

MUS  A360 - Classical Music Recording and Production

Study and practice of classical music recording and production, with an emphasis on recording session planning and direction, microphone technique, and editing.

MUS  A370 - Multitrack Studio Techniques II

Supervised practical experience in multitrack studio procedures with an emphasis on contemporary microphone and recording techniques. Small group and individual project work, as well as group listening and discussion.

MUS  A420 - Advanced Sound Reinforcement

P: A320 Sound Reinforcement Techniques. Study of advanced sound reinforcement, system design, and practical experience in sound reinforcement.

MUS  A440 - Individual Project in Audio Engineering and Sound Production

Supervised individual project or research.

MUS  A460 - Surround Sound and Immersive Audio

P or C: A470 Individual Multitrack Studio Projects I. Study and practice of contemporary surround sound and immersive audio recording and mixing techniques.

MUS  A461 - Final Project in Audio Engineering and Sound Production

Preparation of professional dossier featuring the student’s best work (concurrent with last semester of on-campus coursework). Student will make a public presentation of the dossier to the Audio Engineering and Sound Production faculty and student body.

MUS  A470 - Individual Multitrack Studio Projects I

Supervised practical experience in contemporary multitrack recording and mixing. Includes individual project work as well as group listening and discussion.

MUS  A471 - Individual Multitrack Studio Projects II

Individual projects in multitrack recording.

MUS  A480 - Internship in Audio

Supervised experience in a working environment directly related to audio technology. Assessed by reports from the student and on-site supervisor.

MUS  A511 - Electronics I

Fundamental principles of electricity and magnetism, with review of necessary algebra.

MUS  A512 - Electronics II

AC theory and introduction to circuit elements and active devices.

MUS  A521 - Electronics III

System design and operation applied to audio, both analog and digital.

MUS  A522 - Electronics IV

Instruction in basic maintenance of audio equipment and studio maintenance. Practical experience is emphasized.