Maricopa Community Colleges  MUC195AA   20026-20082 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 05/28/02
MUC195AA 20026-20082 LEC
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2 Period(s)
Studio Music Recording I
Basic principles of studio sound recording. Emphasis on musical acoustics, operation of recording equipment, studio setups, and multitrack recording. Includes studio session process and musical production decisions.
Prerequisites: None.
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
MUC195AA   20026-20082 Studio Music Recording I
1. Identify the characteristics of musical acoustic waveforms. (I)
2. Identify sound pressure levels. (II)
3. Identify and describe acoustical perceptions of direction. (III)
4. Describe thresholds of loudness levels and measure these levels. (IV)
5. Identify and describe elements of a recording chain. (V)
6. Identify and describe types, directional design, and considerations in the use of microphones, and demonstrate correct positioning. (VI)
7. Identify and describe elements of magnetic sound tape recorders. (VII)
8. Demonstrate the process used in a studio music recording session. (VIII)
9. Identify and demonstrate the use of common noise reduction devices. (IX)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
MUC195AA   20026-20082 Studio Music Recording I
    I. Characteristics of Musical Acoustic Waveforms
        A. Frequency
        B. Amplitude
        C. Velocity
        D. Wavelength
        E. Shape
        F. Phase
        G. Harmonics
        H. Envelope
      II. Sound Pressure Levels
          A. Beats
          B. Combination tones
          C. Masking
        III. Acoustical Perceptions of Direction
            A. Relative intensity
            B. Time of incidence of sound
            C. Phase
            D. Complexity of waveform
          IV. Loudness Levels
              A. Thresholds
                1. Hearing
                2. Pain
                3. Feeling
              B. Measurements
                1. Phon
                2. Sone
            V. Recording Chain
                A. Transducers
                B. Sound
                  1. Direct
                  2. Reflected
                C. Time
                  1. Decay
                  2. Reverberation
                D. Ambience
                E. Leakage
                F. Separation
              VI. Microphones
                  A. Types
                    1. Dynamic
                    2. Ribbon
                    3. Condenser
                  B. Directional design
                    1. Cardioid or uni-directional
                    2. Hyper-cardioid
                    3. Omni-directional
                  C. Use considerations
                    1. Impedence
                    2. Specifications
                    3. Phasing
                    4. Choice
                    5. Placement
                    6. Instruments
                VII. Magnetic Sound Tape Recorders
                    A. Heads
                      1. Record
                      2. Playback
                    B. Erasure/bias current
                    C. Magnetic tape
                    D. Configuration
                      1. Head
                      2. Track
                    E. Tape speeds
                    F. Print-through
                    G. Cleaning heads
                    H. Demagnetizing
                  VIII. Studio Music Recording Session
                      A. Multi-track recording
                      B. Monitor selections
                      C. Selective synchronization
                      D. Musical production decisions
                    IX. Noise Reduction Devices
                        A. Dolby system
                          1. A Type
                          2. B Type
                        B. DBX system
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