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Syllabus BCST 120 - AUDIO PRODUCTION - LAB

SPRING 2006, Monday/Wednesday evenings _______________________________________________________________________


INSTRUCTOR: Jeff Kliment

MEETINGS: Lab – Monday & Wednesday, 7:35 PM – 9:30 PM. CRN # 36212

OFFICE HOURS: Via telephone or email or by appointment during lab time

TELEPHONE/EMAIL: 415-452-4744 / jkliment@ccsf.edu (email preferred)

LOCATION: Class meets in ARTX165
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course covers the theory and operation of broadcast audio and recording studio equipment. We will explore the physics of sound and the vocabulary of audio as well as the proper use of microphones, audio mixing consoles, analog and digital tape recorders, digital audio workstations, and other common broadcast and studio equipment. Class consists of a mix of lecture and lab time. Students will complete projects both outside of class and during lab hours.
REQUIRED TEXT: AUDIO IN MEDIA, 7th Edition, Stanley R. Alten, Wadsworth Publishing
GRADING: Your grade is based on projects, quizzes, a midterm exam, a final exam, and class participation both in class and in group assignments.
Project 1 – basic radio production 50 points

Project 2 – analog tape editing 50 points

Project 3 – 4-track music production 50 points A = 540 – 600 points

Project 4 – digital recording – film soundtrack 50 points B = 480 – 539 points

DAT project 25 points C = 420 – 479 points

Quizzes 50 points D = 360 – 419 points

Midterm Exam 150 points F = less than 360 points

Final Exam 150 points


Participation 25 points

TOTAL 600 points


CELL PHONES: TURN YOUR CELL PHONES OFF BEFORE ENTERING CLASS. You may be asked to leave if you disrupt class with your cell phone.
ATTENDANCE POLICY: You are expected to attend all classes. If you cannot attend class due to an illness or emergency, you must call or send an email using the contact info above. After four or more absences, you may be dropped from class. If you are late for class, you will not receive credit for attending a full class session. You are responsible for obtaining any content missed and for making up required course work. Take note of the class schedule on the back of this sheet. DO NOT SCHEDULE VACATIONS DURING THIS COURSE. Exams will not be re-scheduled and no late projects will be accepted.
REQUIRED SUPPLIES:

  • One 7” Reel of 1/4”audio tape. Quantegy 456 is suggested ($7 - $12)

  • One 30 min. DAT tape, any brand. ($5 - $8)

  • Five CD-R blank CD media, any brand ($1 - $2 each)

  • Two 30 min. or longer audio cassettes $1 - $2 each)

  • Single-edged razor for editing Project 2


Also Recommended: Headphones with stereo 1/4-inch phone jack

Clipboard

#2 pencils with erasers

Binder or folder for handouts


You may purchase these supplies at: CCSF Bookstore Annex (Phelan Ave.) 415-452-5210

Leo’s Pro Audio (5447 Telegraph Ave. @55th in Oakland) 510-652-1553

R&M Pro Audio (10th Ave. and Cabrillo St.) 415-386-8400
SCHEDULE: See page 2 – subject to change based on equipment and facilities availability
If you need disability-related accommodations, you may contact Disabled Student Program and Services (DSP&S). If you have emergency medical information you wish to share with me or wish to discuss disability-related accommodations with me, please make a private appointment with me as soon as possible.

WEEK TOPIC LAB WORK AND PROJECTS


W 1/18 Introduction/Ears Discuss critical listening, ear protection.
M 1/23 Physics of Sound Listening tests: compare various CD’s and discuss

W 1/25 Signal Flow/Connections Intro to lab workstations, overview of equipment


M 1/30 Consoles & Signal Flow Discuss signal flow, gain structure, setting levels

W 2/1 Gain Structure Begin Project One, Demo of reel-to-reel decks


M 2/6 Analog Recording Project 1 production

W 2/8 Microphones Project 1 production


M 2/13 Microphones Microphone demo, Project 1 production

W 2/15 Microphones Project 1 production


M 2/20 HOLIDAY – NO CLASS

W 2/22 Analog tape editing Begin Project Two, Analog editing demo


M 2/27 Acoustics Project 1 & 2 production

W 3/1 Monitoring/Speakers Project 1 & 2 production


M 3/6 Project 1 DUE Listen to Project 1 in class

W 3/8 REVIEW FOR MIDTERM Project 2 production


M 3/13 MIDTERM EXAM Project 2 production

W 3/15 Multi-track Recording/Music Begin Project Three, Equipment demo

M 3/20 Multi-track continued Project 3 tracking sessions
W 3/22 Digital Recording Project 3 tracking sessions

M 3/27 Intro to Digital Audio Editing Begin DAT Project, DAT demo, Project 2 & 3 production

W 3/29 Project 2 DUE Adobe Audition demo, Project 3 production
M 4/3 Sound for film & video Begin Project Four, Adobe Audition demo continued

W 4/5 Project 4 Spotting Session Project 4 Group production

M 4/10 SPRING BREAK

W 4/12 SPRING BREAK

M 4/17 Signal Processing - EQ Project 4 Group & individual production

W 4/19 Processing - Dynamics Project 4 Group & individual production

M 4/24 Project 3 mixes DUE Sign up for Project 4 production

Processing - Time-based

W 4/26 REVIEW Sign up for Project 4 production
M 5/1 DAT Project DUE, Location Sound Sign up for Project 4 production

W 5/3 Synchronization Sign up for Project 4 production


M 5/8 Audio for the Internet Sign up for Project 4 production

W 5/10 Careers in Audio Sign up for Project 4 production


M 5/15 LONG LAB NIGHT FOR PROJECT 4 COMPLETION

W 5/17 Project 4 DUE Play finished projects in class


M 5/22 REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM

W 5/24 FINAL EXAM (No lab)


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