Courses in Digital Audio Production at Cogswell College

Digital Audio Production Courses

INTERACTIVE AUDIO PRODUCTION

Application of tools and methods of audio asset production to interactive media. Creating and using an audio design document. Audio compression formats, audio middleware tools and game audio production practices. Adaptive audio techniques and design.

STUDIO PRODUCTION 1

Introduction to recording in a studio environment. Use of a Digital Audio Workstation in a studio production environment. Basics of recording and editing. Introduction to microphone selection and placement. Signal flow in the analog and digital domains. Audio processing with outboard hardware and plug-ins. File management.

STUDIO PRODUCTION 2

Intermediate level of recording and editing. Music production, audio production for advertising. Production approaches, mixing techniques, intermediate use of compression, equalization. Spatial positioning and stereo image. Critical listening, frequency analysis, mix analysis. Creating sub-mixes, mix automation, in-depth coverage of the use of plug-ins. Session management.

STUDIO PRODUCTION 3

Advanced recording, editing and mixing techniques. Client communication and production management. Mixing under pressure. High track-count mixing. Mix analysis in diverse environments, mix conflict management, vocal sub-mixing, parallel- and serial processing. Working with MIDI- and virtual instruments, pitch- and time processing. Students at this level should work on complex projects that demonstrate knowledge and experience in a full-cycle studio production, including pre-production, managing a recording session, various mixing approaches, etc.

AUDIO MASTERING

Final preparation of a recording for disk manufacture. Advanced use of audio compression and EQ for mastering. Crest factor. Critical listening. Understanding of manufacturing standards for optical media.