Category Archives: Basic Audio Production

Basic Audio Production – week 17

Classroom

  1. Class will meet at the recording studio. Directions below.
  2. We will look at your PSA projects
  3. Discuss how to mic/record a band
  4. Potluck/live music

Assignments

  • Reminder: your final class will be learning about the recording studio. We’ll learn how to set up mics and record instruments on Dec. 10th. It will also be a potluck/end-of-year party. We’ll meet at the regular class time (3:15pm) and will have a 2-hour class, including time with a guest speaker, and then the recording and live versions of my band will play after that (about an hour’s worth of music, so you’ll be done by around 7pm). My studio is ten minutes from Pima. It’s at 35 E. Toole Ave., downtown. You’ll need to bring some money for the parking meter (just pay for an hour, no payment is required after 5pm).

Basic Audio Production – week 16

Classroom

  1. Presentations: Any remaining
  2. Pass around a sign-up sheet for the potluck next week.
  3. Brief lecture:
    1. Sibilance
    2. De-esser filter
    3. Noise floor
    4. Noise reduction and gating
  4. Discuss where you are with your PSA project and what you should work on for next week ( edit video and add ADR)
  5. Work on your project with your team

Assignments

  • Your PSA project is now due on Dec. 10th. Bring them to the studio and we’ll look at them there
  • Reminder: your final class will be learning about the recording studio. We’ll learn how to set up mics and record instruments on Dec. 10th. It will also be a potluck/end-of-year party. We’ll meet at the regular class time (3:15pm) and will have a 2-hour class, including time with a guest speaker, and then the recording and live versions of my band will play after that (about an hour’s worth of music, so you’ll be done by around 7pm). My studio is ten minutes from Pima. It’s at 35 E. Toole Ave., downtown. You’ll need to bring some money for the parking meter (just pay for an hour, no payment is required after 5pm).

Basic Audio Production – week 15

Classroom

  1. Presentations: Nathaniel, Jaime, Andrew, Anthony
  2. Download and unzip these files
  3. Discuss where you are with your PSA project and what you should work on for next week (edit your video and work on ADR)
  4. Best DAWs
  5. How to create your own home studio
  6. Multitracks for mixing practice
  7. Work on sample audio project in Audition (check out the Adobe Audition Effects Guide)
    1. Parametric EQ (guitar track 31)
    2. Compression (Check out this beginner’s guide to compression)
    3. Reverb (guide to Audition Reverb)

Assignments

  • Complete  the next stage for Project 2 – PSA – edit your video and start work on ADR. Your PSA project is now due on Dec. 10th
  • Reminder: your final project will be to set up the mics to record my band at my studio on Dec. 10th. It will also be a potluck/end-of-year party. We’ll meet at the regular class time (3:15 – 5:30) and then my band will play after that. My studio is ten minutes from Pima. It’s at 35 E. Toole Ave., downtown. You’ll need to bring some money for the parking meter.

Basic Audio Production – week 14

Classroom

  1. Presentations: Nathaniel, Jaime, Richard, Andrew
  2. Your PSA project is due on Dec. 3rd
  3. Your final project will be to set up the mics to record my band at my studio on Dec. 10th. It will also be a potluck/end-of-year party. We’ll meet at the regular class time (3:15 – 5:30) and then my band will play after that. My studio is ten minutes from Pima. It’s at 35 E. Toole Ave., downtown. You’ll need to bring some money for the parking meter.
  4. Look at storyboards for Project 2: PSA .
  5. Discuss book chapter – preamps2
    1. Video – why preamps?
    2. Proximity effect
    3. Shock mounts to get rid of low frequency rumble (decoupling – also works with foam and speakers)
    4. Off-axis pickup – see image in book.
    5. Popping – see pop filter and windscreen
    6. Close (zoom in like using a camera lens), distant, accent and ambient miking
    7. Leakage, 3:1 (or 5:1) rule
    8. Using Iso booth, using leakage as a good thing, to provide ambience and “bleed”
  6. For next week, get your script ready and shoot your video

Assignments

  • Read Chapter 4
  • Complete  the next stage for Project 2 – PSA – get your script ready and shoot your video

Basic Audio Production – week 11

Classroom

  1. Presentations: Michael, Valeria, Justin
  2. Presentations of Project 1 by teams
  3. Discuss Chapter 4 using online textbook 
    1. On and off-axis (play polar response example), Frequency Response (flat frequency response vs. off-axis leakage), Transient Response (dynamic vs. ribbon vs. condensor) Output Characteristics (sensitivity rating – -10dBv or +4dBm), Equivalent Noise Rating (self-noise), Overload Distortion, Impedance (matches output resistance of one device to the input resistance of another. Most pro mics operate with 200 ohms impedance and shielded, twisted-pair cable to reduce noise) – provides the best level and frequency matching), Balanced/Unbalanced Lines ( for XLR – noise introduced into two audio channels electrostatic (caused by motors and fluorescent lights) or electromagnetic (generated by AC power lines) signal is cancelled out, third wire is  a ground, for 1/4″ unbalanced (TRS) (balanced has TWO RINGS – like a headphone tip)- tip is positive, ring is negative, sleeve is ground – this is called a “line level” connection susceptible to pick up noises, hum, and interference), Mic Preamps (used to boost signal to the level of recording systems – by 30 to 70 dB)
  4. Next week we will have a guest lecturer: Robert Loomis
  5. Time to work with your team on new assignment: Project 2: PSA –
    1. Create a 1-minute Public Service Announcement (PSA) that has an audio and video component. It can be about anything  – the environment, public health, etc. (but please make it “family friendly”)
    2. Include dialogue, background music, sound effects, etc.
    3. Use ADR to replace dialogue after filming
    4. Start out by creating a storyboard of your project. This is due in two weeks

Assignments

  • Read Chapter 4
  • Work on storyboard for Project 2 – PSA

Basic Audio Production – Week 10

Classroom

  1. Presentations: Michael, Brian
  2. Check in where teams are on Project 1 – if you’re finished, show your work. If not, it’s due next week
  3. Discuss Chapter 4 using online textbook  – Microphones
    1. There are no rules, except the “good rule”
    2. Dynamic, ribbon, and condenser mics (phantom power) – use video and audio from book website
    3. Polar Response Patterns, Frequency Response, Output characteristics, Balanced/Unbalanced lines, Mic Preamps
  4. Finish Project 1 with your team

Assignments

  • Finish Project 1 with your team and present to class
  • Read Chapter 3 – on your own – about studio design and use

Basic Audio Production – week 9

Classroom

  1. Presentation: Aleah, Josue
  2. Grades
  3. Continue to discuss Chapter 2 using online textbook and audio samples. Here are my notes
    1. From earlier in book – how to build an acoustic panel video
    2. Timbreviolin and viola
    3. Radiation patterns (see book example)
    4. Envelope – Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release (ADSR) listen to , snare drum, trombone, cymbal
    5. Loudness levels – demo with sample wave files in Audition
    6. SPL, voltage, power – book examples
    7. The ear – book
    8. Beats tutorial
    9. Masking tutorial
    10. Perception of direction and space – book
  4. Check in where teams are on Project 1
  5. Work on Project 1 with your team

Assignments

  • Work on Project 1
  • Read Chapter 2

Basic Audio Production – week 7

Classroom

  1. Take a look at this article
  2. Check out these music lecture events in October
  3. As a class, watch tutorial about using Adobe Audition
  4. Discuss Chapter 2 using online textbook. Here are my notes
  5. Take each team into my office and demonstrate how to use the audio equipment. Talk about how to reserve time to record
  6. Discuss where people are on the project, and the project deadline
  7. Work on Project 1 with your team

Assignments

  • Work on Project 1
  • Read Chapter 2

Basic Audio Production – week 5

Classroom

  1. Show control room layout of Dreamco control room and Auralex suggested soundproofing
  2. Discuss how soundproof panels are built
  3. Talk about Sound Effects, Foley. Note that, for the project, some sound effects may be taken from our sound fx library CDs
  4. Look at the book and continue to discuss Chapter 1- Here are my notes
  5. Work on Project 1 with your team

Assignments

  • Work on Project 1
  • Read Chapter 1 in the book and move on to Chapter 2

Basic Audio Production – week 4

Classroom

  1. Discuss chapter 1 – Here are my notes for tonight
  2. Adobe Audition tutorial – download this file. (Note: you can use whatever audio software you want to do projects, but I want to make sure you at least know how to use Audition)
  3. Split into teams – make sure you have some video people on your team, unless you choose to be an audio only team
  4. Begin work on Project 1 with your team

Assignments

  • Buy the book – Modern Recording Techniques – and look at the information we discuss in Chapter 1
  • Work on Project 1

Basic Audio Production – Week 2

Classroom

  1. Introductions
  2. Create an account for the Dreamco website and Google Drive and talk about reports and presentations
  3. Discuss syllabus
  4. Watch History of Audio video to 5:55. For more information, check out the Wikipedia page
  5. We need a note taker for this class – any volunteers? Pima will pay you to take notes
  6. No class next week – Sept. 3rd – Labor Day

Assignments

  • Buy the book – Modern Recording Techniques  – Read chapter 1