Sound & Music Recording: Semester 3 | Recording Arts Canada | Digital Arts College

Sound & Music Recording: Semester 3

Sound Reinforcement

How do you choose the best microphone for recording a particular instrument? How do you calibrate a live room?

Loudspeaker design, transducers, crossover networks, balanced and unbalanced lines, real time spectrum analyzers, and various electro-acoustic devices are all tools used in live sound reinforcement. Understanding and mastering these tools is an important part of making the best decisions when it comes to selecting the most appropriate tools for an application and achieving the optimum results for a wide variety of musical instruments.

Post Production

A chase ensues between a police car and a truck. Screeching around a corner, the truck, skidding on two wheels, demos a fruit stand, rolls over, and explodes upon impact with a factory wall. Sucked right into the action, you can't believe your eyes and ears. Ducking the burning debris, the explosion still ringing in your ears, you completely forget it's just a movie. Which is exactly what the sound engineer wanted.

Working as a vital player in the post-production process, the sound engineer is responsible for directing the sonic aspect of productions for film, television, gaming, multimedia and commercials. Our courses in post-production techniques will not only show you the way these projects are created, we'll put you right in the centre of the action. Working with the industry's top professionals you will be guided through the process of post-production audio and sound design for film and television. You'll learn how the decisions you make and the tools you choose make it all come together.

Music Industry

What does a musician do when a project is completed? Ideally, release the project and be compensated appropriately for the work. This course teaches the laws respecting compositions as well as the norms and practices that apply to product distribution, licensing and representation. Students will also learn about professional standards in terms of the relationship between artists, managers, record companies, producers, publishing houses, distributors, etc.

Studio Production Techniques

This course develops a comprehensive knowledge of studio production, preparing you to correctly and safely operate all of the components found in a recording studio or live sound environment. Studying both digital and analogue consoles, you will learn the different status and configurations of the studio console, and the fundamentals of automated mixing techniques.

This course details the functions of, and relationships between, the mixing console, the multi-track recorder and the digital audio workstation. You will also learn how different microphones, signal processors, and other technologies are employed in a variety of applications for the audio industry: music recording, broadcast production, live mixing, and other applications.

Through this course you are provided with an opportunity to work on a project from start to finish utilizing all the technologies and procedures you have learned.