This course is designed to introduce students to the art of digital recording. Students will learn the various ways to capture a musical performance, and further learn to alter, manipulate, and adapt the recording to various mediums (video, radio, podcast, blog etc.). Through working with various Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) such as GarageBand and later Logic Pro, the course will highlight the concepts of recording-based music genres such as music concrete, electronica, House and others. Other topics include the physical recording environment (microphone types, placement etc.), working with waveforms and sound envelopes, overdubbing, and legal/licensing issues in digital music. Final projects will consist of a larger recording project based on the material from class. Students taking this course at the 300-level will prepare a further advanced final project including specific plug-ins and digital manipulations that require a more thorough understanding of the recording process.
MUS 382 is not open to students who have taken MUS 282.