Digital Audio Production for Music Syllabus

All electronic devices are to be turned off and kept out of sight while in the classroom or you will be asked to leave.

TIME/LOCATION 1:25-2:20 PM Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and ARR/Steinman 209/210/214
INSTRUCTOR Pandel Collaros
OFFICE 211 Steinman
HOURS by appointment
PHONE 304-829-7331

•  Nahmani, David. 2008. Logic Pro 8 and Logic Express 8. Apple Pro training series. Berkeley, CA: 
    Peachpit Press.

•  Huber, David Miles, Robert E. Runstein. c2010. Modern Recording Techniques. Amsterdam; Boston:
    Focal Press/Elsevier.

•  Blank CDs and CD-RWs or appropriate portable hard drives
RATIONALE This course exists to address a need for instruction in a large segment of the ever-expanding field of digital technology. Digital audio recording is of primary importance to musicians and the music, film, and television industries, as well as to the burgeoning variety of online digital platforms and services. As such it has become a key component in arts education, the economics of mass media, and culture.
COMM/MUSI 110 is an introduction to the processes of digital audio production for music. It is designed to be a "quick-start" process for those who want to learn how to record, edit, process, and mix musical materials of all types (e.g.: acoustic, digital, electronic analog, and MIDI-controlled). This course will provide the foundation for more in-depth and comprehensive study of the art of digital audio production.

Success in the course requires physical familiarity with the equipment on an individual basis and requires instructor monitoring that takes up instructor time far beyond the scheduled class times. Therefore instructional time is at a premium. If you remain in this class, that means you agree to not miss any meetings, or to accept the penalties described on the rubrics and to accept 0s for missed assignments.
Proficiency with the course content and objectives will be assessed by quizzes in which the student will be given specific tasks to accomplish in a studio setting, and a major digital audio project designed and executed by the student (e.g.: musical piece or short musical soundtrack). Rubrics will be associated with these learning goals.
RUBRICS Quiz 1 Rubric, Quiz 2 Rubric, Quiz 3 Rubric, Quiz 4 RubricProject Part 1 Rubric, Project Part 2 Rubric, Project Part 3 Rubric, Classroom Management Rubric

Cognitive and practical objectives
These include knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of digital audio processes, techniques, products and results.

Affective objectives
One of the affective objectives of this course is to appreciate the practical, economic, cultural, and social importance of digital audio technology.† The other affective objective is to develop the understanding that working with digital audio can be a path to lifelong learning, self-expression, confidence, open and precise communication, and critical thinking as well as a career goal.

Permission of instructor
•  30% Quizzes
•  60% Audio project
•  10% Classroom management

At the discretion of the instructor, grades may be lowered or raised according to classroom demeanor.

Cell phones and other electronic devices are to be turned off at all times when you are meeting with me. If I hear or see a cell phone when you are in the classroom, studio, or control room, you lose 1 point for each occurrence. An extended occurrence may result in a more than 1-point penalty. The points will first be deducted from your classroom management grade. If you lose all your classroom management points, subsequent point will be deducted from assignment grades.

A 93-100% B- 80-82% D+ 67-69%
90-92% C+ 77-79%
D 63-66%
87-89% C 73-76% D- 60-62%
B 83-86% C- 70-72%†
F 00-59%


•  There is no extra credit. Late assignments will result in a lowering of the grade at the discretion of the
•  Academic Honesty: Each student is expected to abide by the Bethany College Policy on Academic
    Honesty (see College Catalogue section on Academic Honesty). Any work submitted by a student in
    this course for academic credit will be the student's own work

•  Offensive language is prohibited in projects. You may request a guideline that lists some examples.

•  Additional Policies
In compliance with the Bethany College policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for students with disabilities. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made.
The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus at any time.