Production Curriculum

Production Curriculum

Music Production and Technology Program will introduce students to the uses, concepts, techniques, and terminology of computing through music applications. The students will gain experience with current hardware and software for music sequencing, synthesis, and music performance practice. This year long course is also designed as an introduction to music fundamentals, notation, and theory through music technology such as MIDI and digital recording. Students will also be learning basic business practices used in the music industry.

Course Curriculum
Semester I
Title Credits
Music Theory I 2
Recording then to Now 1
Basic Piano 1
Music and Production Analysis 1
Recording Theory I 1
Recording Lab I 1
Introduction to Mixing 2
Programming and Sequencing 1
Total 10

 

Semester II
Title Credits
Mixing Lab 3
Recording Theory II 1
Recording Lab II 2
Editing 2
Mastering 2
Total 10

 

Course Description:
Music Theory I

This course is an interactive session with professional musicians and sound engineers where students, discuss and analyze the concepts and core of music by studying Contemporary Harmony, Music Notation and Ear training. The students will also gain the knowledge of applying the above to the process of recording and production

Recording Then to Now

In this course students will be introduction to History and evolution of recording from the beginning to the current time. This class will given an in-dept knowledge of recording techniques and the other glossary of terms used in the industry. This class will include detailed Seminar analysing the business and cost value of each and every recording methods.

Music and Production Analysis

In this course the students are introduced to the art of music, with emphasis on listening. Basic elements and instruments are included, as are selected forms of folk, popular, and art music. The students will also be given lectures emphasising on the production aspects by analysing songs of every genre. This class will also introduced students to Equalising Techniques by analysing different Tracks

Recording Theory I

This course is an introduction and study tracking and recording. starting from the signal flow ,recording studio equipments, exploring the technique of Mono, Stereo and multi-track recording through studying Mixers, Microphone Techniques. different recording tools such as Pro qbase Seoya, Mixbus, Pro-Tools, logic etc.

Recording Lab I

Recording Lab starts with initial set-up, analysis and studio maintenance. Students participate in hands on approach and demonstration on all the techniques emphasizing on microphone choices and mic placement technique, Console design and grids. Students will also have hands on approaches on recording live musicians in the studio.

Introduction to Mixing

This course introduces students in to concepts of mixing by analysing tracks pre-mixed tracks. The students are also given detailed seminars and demonstrations on different concepts such as balancing, panning, Automation and EQ. Students are also given individual projects guided by the instructor.

Programming and Sequencing:

This course give the students an in depth knowledge of programming , Study of Digital Audio Workstation( DAW), Programming in software Sequences such Ableton live, Step-writing, Score Writing. Re-wiring two DAWs, Sampling and romplers, Sampling in samplers, Midi programming.

Mixing

This course explores the many creative and technical considerations necessary to mix in today’s music production environment, regardless of platform or format. This course teaches the different steps of the mixing process, including equalization, panning, dynamic processing (compressors, gates, expanders, and limiters), reverb and delays, as well as automation techniques and practical examples. The techniques presented apply to any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), or digital or analog console. This course will also have detailed analysis of techniques such as Parallel Compression, buss Compression, advanced Routing, advance Level Automation, and Advance Multing Techniques.

Students will be required to deliver a mix every week for critique by the instructor. For each mix assignment, students will use professional recordings especially made for the course, in a variety of styles. The goal of the course is to impart both a technical and artistic approach to mixing and for students to acquire the core skill set needed to mix multi-track master recordings to a stereo final mix-down suitable for release.

Recording Theory II:

This class is an advanced level of Recording theory I. It includes detailed study of recording techniques and interfaces. Writing Macros for easier work flow. This course will include detailed lectures about console configuration, Mixing, Midi Production and seminars on being a production engineer.

Recording Lab II

This advanced course includes hands on approach on Mixing and editing Techniques, Midi Production with the latest technology studio equipments. The course also includes comprehensive study of consoles, signal processors, over dubs, multi-tracking and editing. Students will have practical experience by recording live musicians in SAM ensemble recitals and concerts.

Editing:

In this course the students will be exploring and learning Arranging, revising and preparing a written audio for a final material. This class will also explore different aspects of editing such as sampling, digital editing, digital and non destructive editing. Students will also have hands on approaches by submitting individual projects at the end of the course.

Mastering

The Mastering Course is a comprehensive 8 week study in the art of mastering audio in the modern recording studio environment. During this course the students will learn to apply concepts such as compression and limiting, Mastering Volume levels, Metering and Dynamic Head rooms, Eq Compression and Spacial Effects and Stereo Imaging. This course also delves into other popular techniques in the field of audio mastering including enhancing stereo filed of a master, and cutting edge filtering and fading techniques.