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The Music Studio

This curriculum is designed to be flexible based on the student’s interests and needs. There are no prerequisites. All students will be able to record multiple tracks and then sit at the mixing desk to make a product for for family and friends. Time is shared so teams can be formed and united colaborations are encouraged.

Each student entering the course has the understanding of taking the responsibility of securing their own original works. Each has an intro to ethics, copyright law and the rules for this public studio. Each also has the rights to their own copyrighted original material. The studio takes no storage, copies or other responsibility for lost or pirated music, lyrics, loops, samples or other data.

Music Studio

Music

CDs Presently in the Rough Mix Stages

Music CDs

Software: CuBase and Pro Tools

This section is designed to teach students how to plan out their music and to establish music or production goals on paper. Students begin by using CuBase LE as an introduction to sound software and how it works. After working in CuBase for a time the limitations are apparent and then Pro Tools 7 is introduced. The CuBase projects are dumped (if not saved in a usable format) and new recordings are made. File formats are covered and decided on a per-student basis.

The course covers setting up pro level audio equipment for a home studio, setting up the software on the computer, communication problems between computer and equipment, equipment essentials / minimums, how-to tips and documentation for music, studio paperwork, track counts and lyrics.

Recording Basics

An introduction to choosing the basic components, sound theory, math and the hands on placement of instrument / vocal microphones (sound stages). Studio equipment wire mapping charts, wire / cables and connectors, adapters, mixers, recorders, amps, pre processors, preamps, and other recorded signal processors are covered. Beginning troubleshooting as issues come up for students to solve.

Certificates are given for Basic Recording - Upon completion of tests

Introduction To Pro Tools 7

This section is designed to introduce students to the many features, purposes, and uses of ProTools. This teaches basic IDE windows, hardware mappings in the software, BUS, signal routing, inserts, transmission problems, theory and components of a recording studio. Students will also have an introduction to the skills required for determining recording and mixing levels, patching, loops, samples, MIDI, synths and plugged in instruments

Beginning Practical Recordings

Students learn to use such functions as sound meters and lighting to set the stage for live recordings. Instrument placement (non-electronic), microphone placement skills, terminology and communication skills, studying and matching specification criteria, stage mock ups or proof of concepts, instrument choices and finally recording a practical working music piece are required for this section. Students learn problem-solving techniques and document all findings on a computer.

Introduction to Mixing

This section is designed to introduce students to the many features, purpose, and uses of mixing down for final production. Students learn the basic elements of a project and how to solve a problem using simple editing techniques to arrive at their own solution.

This course teaches students how to innovate, arrive at their interpretation of the music using their creativity; and how to enhance the sounds of a project for commercial use.

Introduction to Production

This section is designed to expand student’s knowledge in the many features and purposes of electronics in music, and the uses of mixers and monitoring equipment. The section is designed to teach students some of the advanced methods and track repair techniques. Working with repairable tracks from other sources and working on the bench in real time with collaboration with other students, repairing tracks and final mixes across all songs are among the skills to be mastered in this section. Customer relations, studio rates and money management are also covered.

Introduction to Guitar

This section is designed to introduce students to the guitar. Terminology basics, basic chords, rhythm, right hand techniques, speed trainers, training schedule and song selection for practicing are covered.

Introduction to Black Belt Guitar

This section is designed for dedicated music students to continue their work through a broad range of styles. Beyond the basics, students will master each level while reviewing the level before. This is where learning an instrument becomes a discipline for life long learning.

E-MAIL

Students will need to create an E-mail account and send E-mail messages, retrieve E-mail, and send E-mail with attachments. E-mail will be used ONLY for academic purposes.