Audio Engineering 1

Stuff You Need For Class:

This is college, there will be reading. If that is too much for you, get the book as a .pdf and have Acrobat or NaturalSoft read it to you. The text book for the Audio Engineering classes is "Modern Recording Techniques" by David Huber & Robert Runstein. Get the latest edition available. If you can find a .pdf or Kindle version, great. You will want to be taking notes and possibly write into the book.

This is college, there will be reading. If that is too much for you, get the book as a Kindle. The pages won't line up but the data is the same. To date, I have not found a .pdf version of the book. You can buy this book online or at the bookstore. Google search for the title: Producing Great Sound for Film & Video. You will want to be taking notes and possibly write into the book.

Technically - NO. Doesn't hurt since you can practice any time you want and anywhere you want. The lab times will get posted as soon as we know the lab tech's schedules. I suggest you use the lab as often as you possibly can. There is even a lab person on hand who SHOULD help you when asked. Let me know if this person has an attitude, we can adjust that. Ask other students for help, too. One learns more by teaching.

The only problem with working at home is, well, you won't. It takes a strong discipline to hunker down and go through the labs systematically. The good thing about doing labs on your own, at home, is that you can do them over and over until you get it right, without time constraints. Remember, the labs have been written in such a way that if you follow each step in order, the lab is self guiding.

Check here for the current pricing on Pro Tools. Basically, Pro Tools is half price for students, you can lease it for about $10/mo or about $8/mo if you sign up for a year. Click on the "Student's & Teacher's" link.

There is a local retailer, Audio Dawg. See if he has a physical copy of Pro Tools - the best thing about getting a physical copy is that an iLok is included (or at least it has been in the past.) Purchasing this will save you about $40 from buying an iLok separately from the online software.

I hand out a ton of information. You will need some place to store those pages and be able to readily access those pages in class. I recommend you get at least a 1.5" binder for all the hand outs. I also recommend you get a spiral notebook to keep notes. The tests come from the lectures, book and labs. In the course of the lecture I will give you the exact test question and the answer I'm looking for. If, during this process, you were to turn to the back of the spiral notebook and write down the question and answer you will have the exact test in your hands no less than two days before the test.

An external hard drive with 1TB or greater is ideal. Though, a USB flash drive at least 16GB or larger will be able to hold all projects and labs for this class as backup ONLY. You will want to backup your work from the lab computer to your personal storage device because there is no guarantee that station will be available the next time you come into the lab. Also, you can be sure someone may inadvertently delete your work. It is ALWAYS good to backup your work. You are only as good as your last backup. You can't run sessions from a flash drive, seriously consider getting an external hard drive. It should cost about the same as the textbook.

For my Audio for Video class: Get an external 1TB hard drive if you can. There is an 80GB+ sound effects library floating around between students. You'll need a place to put your film, all the sessions you'll be creating and the final skills test. Get a drive that can be a real time device, e.g. you can record an play back from the drive.

The mixers in the lab and studios use a 1/4" stereo jack. Most full size headphones come with an 1/8" - 1/4" adapter. The headphones need to be circumaural, meaning that they completely cover your ear, lifted off of your ear and padded in such a way as to be comfortable for hours while blocking sound from coming or leaking out. An example of these kind of headphones can be found at Sennheiser or Audio Technica "M" series, but any manufacturer that meets the criteria above will do.

Every other kind of headphone stinks for this class. You are going to be wearing these headphones for hours at a time. Ear buds get old, headphones that rest on you ear will cause chafing and your ears will bleed. You need something that is comfortable after 3 or 4 hours of wear and the only way to do that is to have headphones that lift off your head and nothing hard is touching you.

Short answer - No, not really. But, it sure helps when you can speak musically to a musician. If the phrase "Lets punch in on the bridge after the second chorus" doesn't mean anything to you, please consider taking a music appreciation class.

Some videos that will help no musicians:

How to read music Primer

Music is good for your brain

Other Musical Videos