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The Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques Program consists of four technical courses and the Career Development course, for a total of 69 meetings including separately scheduled labs and individual studio instruction. This program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for Veterans’ Educational Benefits.
The Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques Program is designed to give the student a thorough grounding in the theory, techniques and practices of professional multi-track music recording, via classroom instruction, in-studio demonstration/hands-on experience and labs. At set points during the program, each student will work in actual studio situations, with live performers, in both small-group and individual settings.
The student will become conversant with the layout and operation of various types of consoles, tape machines, signal processors, machine alignment, audio/video interlock, electronic keyboards, noise reduction theory, linear/non-linear recording/editing (ProTools) and more. Through a practical, studio-oriented format, the student will perform the day-to-day duties required of an assistant/ second engineer—the entry-level position for all media and recording-related positions.
The Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques Program will actively involve the student in situations where specialized knowledge can substantially enhance his/her prospects for employment. The student will receive training not only in technical and operational theory, but also in many of the actual duties heretofore attainable only through extensive on-the-job-training.
The successful graduate is prepared
for an entry-level position as a second/assistant engineer in a recording
studio or a similar audio production environment; assisting in the setup/breakdown
phases of sessions, including, but not limited to, patching, microphone/session
setup, preparation of the studio before and after sessions, maintaining
session documentation, machine operator duties, tape copy/editing and production.
Course #1: Basic Practical Recording
Course #1 offers 58 hours of instruction consisting of 27 hours of classroom instruction, 24 hours of small-group studio instruction, 6 hours of lab activities and 1 hour of individual studio instruction. Classes are taught one evening per week for 14.5 weeks or two days per week for 7.25 weeks. Lab sections are held outside of class times.
Course #1 includes the following topics and activities:
Course #2: Intermediate Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques
Course #2 offers 58 hours of instruction consisting of 28 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of small-group studio instruction with an emphasis on extensive hands-on experience. Individual studio instruction consists of a two-hour mix and two intensive, two-hour individual lab sections held outside of scheduled class time. Classes are taught one evening per week for 14.5 weeks, or two days per week for 7.25 weeks.
Course #2 includes the following topics and activities:
Course #3: Advanced Recording Studio Techniques Level I
Course #3 offers 58 hours of instruction consisting of 21 hours of classroom instruction, 32 hours of small-group studio instruction, 2 hours of individual studio instruction, and 3 hours of lab activities. The labs and individual classes are held outside of regularly scheduled class times. Special subjects such as moving-fader automation, recording and editing with ProTools and the recently introduced Smaart software will be addressed. Classes are taught one evening per week for 14.5 weeks or two days per week for 7.25 weeks.
Course #3 includes the following topics and activities:
Course #4: Advanced Recording Studio Techniques Level II
Course #4 offers 58 hours of instruction consisting of 10 hours of classroom instruction, 40 hours of small-group studio instruction and 8 hours of hands-on individual studio instruction in the form of a comprehensive individual project. Recent technologies such as sequencing from tape for virtual tracks, Surround Sound and the popular semi-pro MDM tape format are introduced to the Advanced II student. Classes are taught one evening per week for 14.5 weeks or two days per week for 7.25 weeks.
Course #4 includes the following topics and activities:
Course #5: Personal and Career Skills
Course # 5 offers 36 hours of training consisting of classroom instruction, discussions and class exercises. Classes are taught once per week for both day and evening sessions for 5 weeks.
Course #5 includes the following topics and activities: