Category Archives: Basic Audio Production

Basic Audio Production – week 15

Classroom

  1. Presentations
  2. Sweet Child of Mine created on GarageBand
  3. Every student needs to create a piece of music that is between 2-5 minutes long (64 measures at 120 bpm) and save it in their Google Drive as a .mp3 file
  4. Discuss where teams are with their projects and figure out a deadline
  5. Reminder: Potluck at my studio Monday, Dec. 9th at 6pm, 326 S. Wilmot Road.
  6. Help individual students with music questions

Assignments

  • Learn how to use GarageBand to make music
  • Work on Project 3

Basic Audio Production – week 14

Classroom

  1. Presentations
  2. If you weren’t here last class, please sign up for end-of-the-year potluck party at my studio, Monday, Dec. 9th at 6pm, 326 S. Wilmot Road. (ask me for the sign up sheet)
  3. Discuss how to music that goes with different types of visuals. Listen to some tracks from Bensound then discuss how to make:
    1. Short, sharp – horror – discordant. Notes that are close together or in strange intervals. Psycho, Jaws
    2. Long, synth-string washes – contemplative – Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
    3. Upbeat percussive songs – rocking. – Reggae – major chords
    4. Mid-tempo, slice of life music – life itself – acoustic guitar – arpeggios
    5. Quick and dirty video game music –  conjures up a time period – 8 bit music

Assignments

  • Learn how to use GarageBand to make music
  • Work on Project 3

Basic Audio Production – week 13

Classroom

  1. Presentations
  2. Sign up for end-of-the-year potluck party at my studio, Monday, Dec. 9th at 6pm, 326 S. Wilmot Road. (sign up sheet will be passed around classroom)
  3. Do the following together:
    1. Make a simple beat
    2. Learn how to put in a bass line
    3. Learn how to put in chords (C, F, G – Major)
    4. Create a melody to go with it using the pentatonic scale (notes A, B, C, F, G).

Assignments

  • Learn how to use GarageBand to make music
  • Work on Project 3

Basic Audio Production – week 12

Classroom

  1. Presentations
  2. Talk about Project 3: video with original music (save music files as separate files in addition to final project and turn them in)
  3. Do the following together:
    1. Work on this music lesson up to “naming the major scale”
    2. Work on this beats lesson up to the “play with beats” page
    3. Make a beat in GarageBand
    4. Put some chords on top of it (C, F, G – Major)
    5. Create a melody to go with it using the pentatonic scale (notes A, B, C, F, G).
  4. More music theory: Beats

Assignments

  • Learn how to use GarageBand to make music
  • Work on Project 3

Basic Audio Production – week 8

Classroom

  1. Presentations
  2. Grades
  3. Discuss Chapter 2 from the textbook, starting with Studio Personnel. Here are my notes
  4. Work with your team on Project 2 – Foley Sound Effects – make a video where the only sounds are sound effects you create. It can be between 1-2 minutes long. Don’t leave class early as we have a guest speaker today
  5. 11am – lecture by Loomis about audio on film shoots

Assignments

  • Work with your team on  Project 2

Basic Audio Production – week 6

Classroom

  1. Turn in and critique Project 1
  2. Show control room layout of Dreamco control room and Auralex suggested soundproofing
  3. Bring panel back in and discuss how soundproof panels are built
  4. Talk about Sound Effects, Foley. 
  5. Assign Project 2 – Foley Sound Effects – make a video where the only sounds are sound effects you create. It can be between 1-2 minutes long.
  6. Discuss team dynamics
  7. Question: are you folks okay with your existing teams or do you want to create new teams?
  8. Work on Project 2 with your team.

Assignments

  • Work with your team on  Project 2

Basic Audio Production – week 5

Classroom

  1. Check in and let us know where you are with Project 1
  2. Discuss this article
  3. Here’s a new article to check out
  4.  Use Korg portable PA to demonstrate:
    1. Proximity effect
    2. On and off axis with a mic – talk about Uma’s mic
  5. Mic shock mount
  6. Discuss how to pick a microphone  (mic frequency response)
  7. Reverb examples
  8. Talk about mic transient response
  9. Bring in home-made acoustic panel
  10. Work on Project 1 with your team – due next week

Assignments

  • Work with your team on your commercial (Project 1) which is due in one week

Basic Audio Production – week 4

Classroom

  1. Check in and let us know where you are with Project 1
  2. Discuss Neal Young article
  3. Demo microphones and accessories:
    1. Dynamic (moving coil, most common type of mic) – Shure SM58 – affordable (as low as $100) for loud sounds (used for vocals, loud instruments), can take a beating (used on tour a lot). Shure SM57 – used for instruments (snare drums, guitar amps, etc.) Talk about the way the mic is constructed
    2. Condenser – Neumann – expensive ($750 – tens of thousands) – used in-studio for vocals, cymbals, acoustic guitars, and high-end recording. Talk about the way the mic is constructed
    3. Mic stands (standup and desk), pop screen
    4. XLR (noise cancelling – balanced – can be very long) vs. TRS (tip-ring-sleeve, guitar, instrument, unbalanced, 1/4″ – can be noisy – should be short) 
  4. Lavalier  – clip-on mics used for interviews
  5. Discuss wind screens (dead cat), boom poles
  6. Microphone polar patterns
  7. Do Adobe Audition tutorial – download this file
  8. Work on Project 1 with your team

Assignments

  • Work with your team on your commercial (Project 1) which is due in two weeks
  • Read this article, so we can discuss it next week

Basic Audio Production – week 3

Classroom

  1. Discuss your outlines for Project 1 (commercial project) and talk about the different ways you can record audio (cell phones, on location, DAW) and the different type of audio (dialogue – ADR – automated dialogue replacement, scores, sound effects)
  2. Discuss Neal Young article
  3. Brief lecture about audio (recording studios)
    1. I’ve got a recording studio in my pocket!
    2. Professional recording studios
    3. DIY recording studios
  4. Notes about music
  5. Share presentation schedule – end of class

Assignments

  • Take a look at the Notes I posted above regarding chapter 1 (specifically, what we discussed in class)
  • Work with your team on your commercial (Project 1)

Basic Audio Production – Week 2

Classroom

  1. Introductions, discuss syllabus
  2. Create a folder in Google Drive and share it with me
  3. Talk about Adobe login
  4. Discuss presentations
  5. We need a note taker in the class. You can make $120 for the semester. Volunteers?
  6. Watch History of Audio video to 5:55. For more information, check out the Wikipedia page
  7. Notes about music
  8. Form teams and start work on Project 1:
    1. Create a 30-second video commercial for a product or service (real or fake)
    2. Develop sound fx and a score (background music) for the commercial
    3. Record dialogue (can be people talking in the commercial or voice over)

Assignments

  • Take a look at the Notes I posted above regarding chapter 1 (specifically, what we discussed in class)
  • Work with your team on an outline for your commercial (Project 1)
  • Read this article. We’ll discuss it next time.