NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
MUS 133-134 - RECORDING SYSTEMS SERVICES (3 CR.) (3 CR.)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Introduces the principles of recording systems and recording systems designs. Provides the student with theoretical and practical site locations. It includes the study of sound studio design and construction, production costs, and retail distribution. This general survey course is not applicable to the Music Recording Technology Certificate program. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

The course is designed for the student to develop recording skills with a variety of professional recording systems. In addition, the student will develop a theoretical and "working" understanding of studio design, record production, and distribution. The student will develop an understanding of acoustical problems in "live" and studio record situations. Through theoretical study, experimentation with a variety of recording techniques, and on-the-field experience in the record production process, the student will develop the background necessary for becoming a recording assistant in a professional recording studio.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

MUS 141-2 - Class Piano I-II

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of basic tape recording techniques
    2. demonstrate an understanding of basic tape manipulation techniques
    3. know the major current recording systems on the market
    4. demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and limitations of different recording systems for specific kings of recording situations
    5. demonstrate an understanding of acoustical problems in "live" and studio recording situations
    6. know the principles of developing a recording studio system
    7. demonstrate an understanding of principles of record reproduction and distribution
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
    1. The tape recorder: its components and how they function (Routine Transport Maintenance, Transport Theory, and Maintenance)
    2. Microphones: variety of types; placement, and location
    3. Microphone and line mixing techniques
    4. Sound-on-Sound recording techniques
    5. Designing portable and installed recording systems
    6. Editing techniques
    7. Record jacket design and production
    8. Techniques in production and distribution
Revised 5/98

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OPTIONAL TOPICS

    1. Special tape recording effects
    1. reverberation
    2. echo
    3. spatial manipulation
    1. Multi-track recording techniques
    2. Sound combining techniques
    3. Indoor/Outdoor recording-equipment needed
    4. Techniques to be employed