Audio Aesthetics and Technology
AUDI 1000 Audio Production I (3) Prerequisites: MEDC 1010 and 1020 or permission of instructor. Introduces basic audio production techniques and theory. Topics include microphones, speakers, mixing console operation and audio editing. Students are expected to work independently and in small groups in the audio studio.
AUDI 1200 Introduction to MIDI (3) Prerequisites: MEDC 1010 and 1020 or permission of instructor. A comprehensive overview of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Music production and sound design skills are emphasized as the student learns, through lecture and hands-on experience, the concepts, history and operation of synthesizers and computer sequencers.
AUDI 2000 Audio Production II (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 1000 or permission of instructor. Continues and expands the concepts and techniques presented in Audio Production I. Emphasis is on critical listening and advanced stereo audio production, both in the studio and on location. Students are expected to work independently and in small groups.
AUDI 2100 Radio Production (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 1000 or permission of instructor. Focuses on the theoretical and practical elements of radio production and radio station operation. Topics include basic announcing, interviewing, tape editing, news reading, and production of public service announcements and commercials. Technical skills include operation of broadcast console, audio tape recorder, cartridge recorder, record turntable, and compact disc player. Students are expected to work independently in the radio studio.
AUDI 3000 Multitrack Recording (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 2000. Focuses on multitrack audio-recording strategies and techniques. Topics include studio session procedures; the theory and operation of digital and analog multitrack tape recorders; the theory and operation of a multitrack audio console; and multitrack recording techniques for speech and music.
AUDI 3150 Topics 01 Audio Society and Community (3)
For current information about Webster's student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society, click this link: http://www.webster.edu/~aes/
Other AUDI 3150 Topics courses are available. Topics vary each semester.
AUDI 3200 Audio Studio Maintenance (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 2000. Focuses on basic electronics and the use of electronic test equipment for the diagnosis and repair of professional audio equipment. Students will learn to trace problems, as well as read schematics and flow charts. Students will be expected to become familiar with the following audio concepts and applications: distortion, phase equalization, white noise, VU meters, DB meters, and signal flow in a chain of audio equipment.
AUDI 3300 Sound System Design and Operation (3)Prerequisite: AUDI 2000. Focuses on principles and applications of sound system design and operation. Topics include basic acoustics, loudspeaker coverage and alignment, power amplifiers, system interconnection, troubleshooting, and operation of sound reinforcement systems. The class will examine both permanent and portable systems. Students will apply sound system design theory by mixing the "house sound" for specific events on campus.
AUDI 3400 Location Recording (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 3000. May be repeated for credit as content varies. Students enrolled in this course will be responsible for recording a wide variety of concerts outside the recording studio, on campus, including faculty and student performances of jazz, classical music and opera. Students will work individually and in teams.
AUDI 3500 Digital Audio (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 3000. permission of instructor. Students will learn strategies and techniques for audio production on a computer platform, including advanced editing and basic automation.
AUDI 3600 MIDI Applications: Sequencing (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 1200 or permission of the instructor. Building on the fundamentals learned in Intro to MIDI (AUDI 1200) the student refines their sequencing and synthesis skills while learning to interface MIDI equipment into the studio environment. Critical listening and analysis is emphasized as students complete sound design, audio and music production projects..
AUDI 3800 Professional Level Audio Production (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 3000. Students will explore topics such as advanced studio procedures, creative sonic presentation and working with clients and producers in a professional environment.
AUDI 3900 Audio Aesthetics (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 2000. This course explores music, recording techniques and production philosophies in an attempt to determine "what is great sound" and "what are the elements of a 'hit' record". A survey of recordings, both past and present, is used to help students define creative goals and develop more critical listening and production skills.
AUDI 4000 Music Recording (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 3000. Examines the strategies and techniques used for recording various types of music. Topics include planning a music recording session; the role of the recording engineer; microphone techniques; and recording & mixing. Recordings are made in the studio and on location, using both the multitrack and two-track recorders. Some class projects require meeting on other days of the week as needed.
AUDI 4100 Advanced Audio Mixing (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 3000. Examines the strategies and techniques used for mixing various types of music. We will focus on various elements which comprise the mix, both from the standpoint of well recorded tracks and fixing errors made in other parts of the recording process.
AUDI 4200 Jingles (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 3000 for Audio majors, none for other majors. With a focus on the achievement of a common goal through collaboration between different media, Audio, Advertising and Public Relations and Composition students put together for a hands-on and ears open examination of creating, recording and mixing music for PR and Advertising campaigns for Radio and TV. Issues will include: The importance of a strong soundtrack, synchronization issues and language differences between disciplines. Crosslisted with Advertising/Marketing, Public Relations, and Music with an Emphasis on Composition.
AUDI 4300 Advanced MIDI Applications: Film Scoring (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 3600 and permission of the instructor only. Examines the technique of composing music for film and video. Includes discussion of synchronization, MIDI applications, postscoring and film music aesthetics.
AUDI 4400 Audio Facility Management & Operations (3) Prerequisite: AUDI 2000. A detailed examination of the inner workings of an audio production facility. Topics include booking time, establishing rates, hiring and firing, billing, equipment procurement and relationships between owners, management, staff, maintenance and engineers.
Soundtracks for Visual Media (3) Explores advanced audio techniques as they relate to video and film production. Focuses on uses of sound in video and film production, and audio mixing for visual media. Students work with advanced video/film students on projects. Prerequisite: AUDI 3000.
AUDI 4610 Readings in Audio Production (3) Prerequisites: Audio Production major, junior standing permission of the instructor and filing of official form. May be repeated for credit if content differs.
AUDI 4620 Senior Overview (3-6) Prerequisites: senior standing and acceptance into the Audo Production program through Portfolio Review. This class is offered in rare instances. Provides an opportunity for seniors to demonstrate their proficiency in a selected area of Audio. The student assumes responsibility for the production of a project under the direction of a faculty member. Projects are determined individually.
AUDI 4700 Professional Development in Audio Production (3) Prerequisite: Upperclass standing or permission of instructor. Students learn how to excel in the interview process and gain knowledge necessary to increase the odds of their obtaining employment from their internship. Topics include cover letters, resumes and reels, along with expectations in the studio.
AUDI 4800 Audio Engineering (3) Students apply their knowledge of audio in a variety of recording settings. Students assume responsibility for the administration of the recording studio, including the maintenance, scheduling, and operation of the audio facility. Prerequisite: AUDI 3000. May be repeated for credit.
AUDI 4900 Proseminar in Music Recording (3) Each student will act as a "second engineer," working with a nationally recognized recording engineer during the recording and mixing of a music album for commercial release. Each student will assist in the recording, mixing, and editing of a master recording, which may take place on location or in Studio A. The style of music to be recorded and the recording artists will vary. The seminar consists of two stages: planning/ recording and mixdown/mastering. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: AUDI 4000 and permission of the instructor.
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