Sound & Music Recording: Semester 2 | Recording Arts Canada | Digital Arts College

Sound & Music Recording: Semester 2

Recording Techniques

This course provides a complete study of the recording studio environment. Learning the essentials of analogue and digital recording devices, you will be able to execute all the tasks required for engineering a complete recording session, including session management, recording, overdubbing, mixing, and mastering.

Reinforced by extensive practical and theoretical studies of both analogue and digital realms, you will gain a firm understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the two mediums. You will also learn the appropriate studio protocol with respect to collaborators, employers and clients.

Introduction to Electro-techniques

The Audio Engineer is working on a project and realizes the equipment is no longer functioning adequately. Through an understanding of electronics and electricity, the engineer is able to troubleshoot, assess whether he or she is able to make minor repairs or needs to call for further assistance.

Engineers who understand active and passive components, semi-conductors and various other devices have a better technical and creative understanding of the studio environment, and are better able to operate the gear.

Aesthetics of Music

Why do some things excel musically and others fail? No formula exists for good music, yet some forms or combinations are pleasing to our ears while others are not. Sometimes what sounds great to one person has a negative effect on the next.

Hearing is a musical instrument no different than a piano or guitar. The auditory sense of a musician or engineer must continually be trained through critical and analytical listening sessions. This includes developing an understanding of how music is woven together, orchestration, arranging, harmonic detail, and why it sounds good.

The course will discuss the standards that are expected when a project is released in industries such as music/entertainment, broadcast, advertising, film, etc. A good engineer has the ability to be unique and creative within these parameters.

Sound Design

A sound designer is placing the sound of a jet whooshing by on his computer workstation. He can make that sound occur earlier or later in time with a click of the mouse. Processing — like reverberation and delays — can then be applied by using the computer to shape the sound. With incredible speed and effectiveness, the sound designer can experiment and save the new sounds without fear of ruining the original recordings —a process called non-destructive editing.

Computers have changed how sound is designed forever. A fundamental understanding of the computer operating system and hardware and the ability to effectively operate the industry software are an important part of the engineer's creative process.