MUS 570 / CSC 570
DIGITAL AUDIO TECHNIQUES

Syllabus, Grad MOD I, Summer 2005

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GEORGETOWN COLLEGE
Department of Music 570 / CSC 570
Digital Audio Techniques (3 hours credit)
Syllabus, Summer 2005, Mod I, M/W/F, 5:00-8:30p / 9a-12:30p
May 23 - June 17
Location:  Ensor Learning Resource Center, T3 Mini Lab
Dr. Sonny Burnette, Office:  NMB 12
Office phone:  502-863-8112;  Home phone:  502-863-4152
Web study guides:  http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/music/burnette/index.html 
E-mail:  Sonny_Burnette@georgetowncollege.edu

COURSE DESCRIPTION
An introduction to digital audio file creation, manipulation and storage with respect to applications in web environments, multimedia presentations, and for other professional purposes.  Topics will include converting analog media to digital formats, noise reduction, multitrack recording, crossfading, editing, and other related subjects.  

TEXTBOOK
No textbook is required.  Any resource materials will be placed on Reserve in the Ensor Learning Resource Center.

REQUIRED MATERIALS
Please acquire an ample supply of CD-R (Recordable) CDs for portable file storage, or, acquire a large-capacity USB drive ... a so-called removable flash drive or jump drive.  (You may experience difficulty playing a music CD made on a CD-RW [ReWritable] disc in home or car stereo CD players.) You may also save to your Y: drive.  (Audio files will ordinarily be too large to be stored on a floppy disk.)  Please bring to class any personal audio files/recordings with which you wish to work throughout the course.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of the course, you should be able to: (1) Record and save digital audio files in various file formats, (2) Burn analog or digital audio to CD, (3) Decrease or increase the amplitude of sound waves, (4) Incorporate a variety of delay and other effects, (5) Use filters appropriately, (6) Clean recordings by reducing undesirable noise, (7) Use a variety of editing techniques, including reverse and crossfade, (8) Produce a successful mixdown of audio files, (9) Import sound files into web and multimedia presentation environments, (10) Define commonly encountered audio terms.

This course emphasizes the following goals of the Georgetown College Education Program: Critical Competencies and Understandings.  A. General Competencies:  3. Effective Communication, 5. Expertise in the specialty.  B. Professional Competencies:  Instruction:  6. Demonstrate new concepts, 8. Use varied approaches to teaching, 9. Engage students in the learning process, 11. Be flexible, adaptive, creative, 12. Use technology appropriately, 14. Encourage critical and creative thought, 15. Create an environment that supports and enhances learning.  Ethical Values.  C. Develop personally and professionally:  1. Importance of continuing professional growth, 2. Importance of continuing personal growth, 5. Recognize the value of lifelong learning.  Reflective Practice.  1. Function as an independent autonomous decision-maker, 2. Recognize the importance of continuous reflection, 4. Make changes in instruction based on reflective practice.

REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE
Outlined on Contract for Grade form.  (1) Research Paper, if contracted--DO read the guidelines if you want your paper to be accepted, (2) Two tests, (3) Four Digital Audio Projects:  (a) 10- 15-second Voice-Mail Message, (b) Audio clips for Web or PowerPoint environments, (c) 60-second, multitrack, broadcast-quality Radio Commercial, (d) 3- to 5-minute multitrack, broadcast-quality, old-time radio mystery theatre script with sound effects, or similar project using a children’s book, etc. (group projects).

Regarding Digital Audio Projects:  It is your responsibility to adhere to applicable copyright laws and fair-use guidelines.

COURSE OUTLINE

(At present, I have a previously-scheduled professional conflict on two class dates, May 25 & 27.  There will not be class meetings on those two dates.  Make-up dates will be determined at the first class meeting when we are able to discuss the possibilities.  We will have class meetings as scheduled on June 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17.  I will not be able to pinpoint meeting times for subsequent classes until we meet and have an opportunity to discuss our collective options.  Sorry for the inconvenience!  Please call me if you have any questions.  My home and office numbers are listed at the top of the syllabus.)

Class One
Monday, May 23
5-8:30p
SHORT COURSE IN DIGITAL AUDIO.
SOUND RECORDER:  Volume Control settings, Sounds and Audio Devices Properties, Recording Control; File, Edit, Effects; Microphone Test.  WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER:  Copy from CD, Copy to CD or Device
Lab Assignment Number One: Sound Recorder and Windows Media Player tasks (handout / CD)
Class Two
Tuesday, May 31
9a-12:30p
COPYRIGHT AND "FAIR USE" ISSUES.
ROXIO EASY CD CREATOR
Project Selector:  (1) Make a music CD:  SoundStream (Equalizer, Effects: Sound Cleaning & Pop Remover; Spin Doctor, Sound Editor), Music CD project, mp3 CD project, (2) Make a data CD:  direct CD, data CD, data DVD, (3) [Make a photo or video CD:  photo album, video postcard, video impression, video CD], (4) Disc copier, (5) CD label creator.
Lab Assignment Number Two:  Roxio Easy CD Creator (handout / CD) (Review for Test One.)
Class Three
Wednesday, June 1
5-8:30p
Test One:  Sound Recorder, Windows Media Player, Roxio Easy CD Creator, Terms
ADOBE AUDITION:  Familiarization with icons & menu options.
Lab Assignment Number Three:  Getting Familiar with the Adobe Audition Basic Layout (handout / CD)
ADOBE AUDITION TUTORIALS:  
1. Recording Set-Up & Basics (WERecord.exe) (3:00)
2. Device Order (DevOrder.exe) (5:30)
3. Edit View (WEInterf.exe) (3:30)
4. Multitrack Sessions (MTSess.exe) (3:30)
5. Multitrack View (MTInterf.exe) (3:15)
6. Multitrack Recording (MTRecord.exe) (3:00)
7. Noise Reduction (NoiseRedux.exe) (3:00)
8. Splitting Tracks (tracksplit.exe) (4:30)
9. Recording-Turntable.htm
Lab Assignment Number Four:  Adobe Audition Tutorials; Splitting Tracks; Noise Reduction (handout / CD)
Monday, May 30 Memorial Day--NO CLASS  :-)
Class Four
Friday, June 3
9a-12:30p
LAB:  Create a sound file library
1. Download and Save sound files from the web
2. Import sound files from Sound Effects CDs
3. Acquire sound files from analog sources, if available (I will plan to 
    bring some basic patch cords and a cassette deck, if needed.  If 
    you care to bring some other basic analog device, that would be 
    fine, too.)
4. Create digital sound files via computer mic or portable mini-disc  
     recorder, etc.
Lab Assignment Number Five:  Building a Sound Effects Library, and Making your own Sound Effects.  Refer to "Making .Wavs" link on main page.  Also, at the bottom, under Helpful Digital Audio Links, are links to sites that explain how to make particular sound effects.  Bring to class anything you may need for this purpose. (handout)
Class Five
Monday, June 6
9a-12:30p
LAB:  Multitrack Recording & Editing
Create sample audio sessions and experiment with:
1. Multitrack Recording
2. Effects:  Reverse, Amplitude, Delay Effects, Filters, Noise  
    Reduction, Time/Pitch
3. Panning, Crossfading Tracks
4. Mixdown; Saving
Lab Assignment Number Six:     Fading/Crossfading Tracks, Effects, Panning, How to Save (handout / CD) (Review for Test Two.)
Class Six
Tuesday, June 7
9a-12:30p
Test Two:  Short Course in Digital Audio, Audition, Copyright/Fair Use, Terms (an "open-computer" test)
LAB TIME:  Voice-Mail Message Project.  Create a 10- 15-second Voice-Mail Message
Class Seven
Wednesday, June 8
9a-12:30p
Class Presentations:  Voice-Mail Message Projects
LAB TIME:  Web or PowerPoint Project.  Create audio clips for Web or PowerPoint environments.
Class Eight
Thursday, June 9
9a-12:30p
LAB TIME:  Web/PowerPoint Project
Class Presentations:  Web/PowerPoint Projects
Class Nine
Friday, June 10
9a-12:30p
LAB TIME:  Radio Commercial Project.  Create a 60-second, multitrack, broadcast-quality Radio Commercial with voice-over, sound effects, music, etc.  
Class Ten
Monday, June 13
9a-12:30p
LAB TIME:  Radio Commercial Project
Class Presentations:  Radio Commercial Projects
Research Paper due (if contracted)
Class Eleven
Tuesday, June 14
9a-12:30p
LAB TIME:  Old-Time Radio Mystery Theatre Script Project, or similar project using a children’s book, etc.
Class Twelve
Wednesday, June 15
9a-12:30p
Class Presentations: Old-Time Radio Mystery Theatre Script Project, or similar project using a children’s book, etc., & Class Presentations

EVALUATION
Each graduate student will contract for a grade.  See form at bottom of page.  Also, see Attendance.

ATTENDANCE
Attendance at all class meetings is strongly encouraged; however, you will be allowed one excused absence.  If you have a professional conflict, we can deal.  An unexcused absence will result in the lowering of your contracted grade by one letter for each additional absence beyond the one excused absence.  Should an emergency situation arise, individual arrangements should be made with the professor.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Derry, Roger.  PC Audio Editing, 2nd ed.  Publication information not available.  ISBN 0-24051-697-4.

Huber, David.  Modern Recording Techniques, 5th ed.  Publication information not available.  ISBN 0-24080-456-2.

Kefauver, Alan P. Fundamentals of Digital Audio.  Madison, Wisconsin:  A-R Editions, Inc., 1999.  ISBN 0-89579-405-5.  LRC:  TK, 7881.4, .K4323, 1998.

William, David Brian and Webster, Peter Richard. Experiencing Music Technology, 2nd ed.  Belmont, California:  Wadsworth Group/Thomson Learning, 1999.  ISBN 0-02-865324-6.

 

Digital Audio Techniques
CONTRACT FOR GRADE FORM

Requirements for a grade of A:
  • Write a research paper of appropriate length to fully discuss your chosen subject on an approved topic relating to digital audio or technology in your field.  The paper should ideally involve some topic which is of interest to you, and which will be of potential benefit to you in your professional area.  See "Research Paper" guidelines on main 570 web page.  DO READ THE GUIDELINES if you want your paper to be accepted.  (The paper is due @ Class Ten so that there will be time for repairs, if necessary.)
  • Earn a mean score of at least 90 points on the two tests.
  • Satisfactorily complete the four Digital Audio Projects:  (1) 10- 15-second Voice-Mail Message, (2) Audio clips for web or PowerPoint environments, (3) 60-second, multitrack, broadcast-quality Radio Commercial, (4) 3- to 5-minute multitrack, broadcast-quality, old-time radio mystery theatre script with sound effects, or similar project using a children’s book, etc. (group projects).  See "Digital Audio Projects" on main 570 web page for guidelines.
Requirements for a grade of B:
  • Earn a mean score of at least 80 points on the two tests.
  • Satisfactorily complete the four Digital Audio Projects.
Requirements for a grade of C:
  • Earn a mean score of at least 70 points on the two tests.
  • Satisfactorily complete the four Digital Audio Projects.
If you do not meet the requirements of the grade for which you contract, you may expect to receive a grade equivalent to the work which you have satisfactorily completed.  Please return this form to me on or before the third class meeting.
I contract for a grade of:  ____.

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