Digital Audio 1 (AUDIO120) Syllabus Instructo r: Da nn y McColli m dan ny .mccollim @sp okane falls.edu

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Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Audio 117

Course Objectives: This course covers all of the foundational skills necessary to record, edit, and mix on a basic level using a Digidesign Pro Tools system. The main focus is on learning to use fundamental tools and techniques through demonstrations, real-world examples, and frequent hands-on assignments. This class will cover the basic Pro Tools 101 ver 11 official courseware. It will provide introductory level instruction in digital audio workstations and basic computer and file management skills and will prepare the student to take the Digidesign Pro Tools 101 ver 11 certification exam. The required use of the Pro Tools 101 ver 11 official courseware (available in the book store) is a comprehensive workbook that’s accompanied by step-by-step exercises using Pro Tools demonstration sessions. This course offers several advantages, including:



Additional focused, hands-on practice activities



Weekly quizzes to help you gauge your progress

Upon completion of this course, you will have learned to:



Start up and configure a Pro Tools session



Use the main Pro Tools windows and customize displays



Record audio into a Pro Tools session



Import audio files and clips



Use basic Pro Tools MIDI features



Work with selections and navigate a Pro Tools session



Create audio clips and edit tracks



Create stereo mixes within Pro Tools



Process audio using native AAX plug-ins



Bounce to tracks and disk



Work with music and postproduction projects

At the core of Pro Tools 101 is a comprehensive skill set developed via several learning vehicles. Some lessons present QuickTime demonstrations of specific skills utilized in actual production settings and content that provides real-world perspective on how and why you should use those skills.

Lessons and Activities: Lesson Activities are posted by your instructor on the Faculty Website and Canvas and provide instructions on the assignments and discussion questions required for each lesson. Each assignment and discussion will have an activity page describing what you are responsible for and when it is due. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when posting assignments to your class network folder.



When you post an assignment file, make sure the file has the name and file extension specified by the instructor. Typically, your instructor will ask you to include your last name in the filename.



Always keep a backup or copy of your work. Get a thumb drive.



If you find that you are experiencing barriers that prevent you from completing assignments, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Course Outline: Lesson 1: Introduction and Background

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Capabilities of Pro Tools Systems The Evolution of Digidesign Digital Audio Theory Configuring a Pro Tools System Assignment 1: Your DAW Configuration Lesson 2: Getting Inside Pro Tools

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Pro Tools File Structure Starting Pro Tools The Pro Tools Interface Edit Tools and Modes Time Scales and Ruler Views Transport Window Controls Lesson 3: Creating Your First Session

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Configuring a Pro Tools Session The Playback and Edit Cursors Saving, Locating, and Opening Existing Sessions

Lesson 4: Making Your First Audio Recording

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System Requirements Preparing to Record Recording and Managing Audio Organizing Files and Clips Lesson 5: Importing Media Into Your Session

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File Parameters and Formats How To Import Audio Importing QuickTime Movies Lesson 6: Making Your First MIDI Recording

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MIDI Basics Using MIDI in Pro Tools Preparing to Record MIDI Virtual Instruments Setting the Default Meter and Tempo Recording MIDI Tracks Viewing MIDI Data Lesson 7: Selecting and Navigating

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Timeline vs. Edit Selections Working With Selections Adjusting the Session View Adding Markers Lesson 8: Basic Editing Techniques

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Playback Options Editing Regions Moving and Trimming Regions Creating Fades Undo Capabilities Lesson 9: Basic Mixing Techniques

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Mixer Terminology The Pro Tools Mix Window Basic Automation Real-Time Plug-Ins Lesson 10: Finishing Your Work

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Backing Up Sessions Creating a Stereo Mix Burning Audio on CDs Lesson 11: Hands-On Project #1

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Installing Project Session Files and Plug-Ins Planning Projects Case Study of an Album Project Do a Music Project!

Lesson 12: Hands-On Project #2

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Working With Video Case Study of a Post-Production Project Do a Post Project!

Textbook: Pro Tools 101 An Introduction to Pro Tools 11. (Official Courseware by Avid and Frank D. Cook.)

About Grading Final Grading Policy Your final grade will be based on the following: 40% Weekly assignments and projects: satisfactorily completed and turned in on time. 20% Chapter Quizzes and Class participation: participation in class discussion chats. 40% Mid Term and Final Exam:

Completing the Course In order to receive full academic credit for assignments, you must finish all chapter work by the end of the second class day after chapter completion. Work turned in after that will be reduced by 50% less whatever grade was earned for that particular assignment. Attendance Policy * Excused absences are those that are pre-approved by the instructor, that is, the instructor OK’s or is informed of the absence prior to the class. In certain rare cases such as serious illness, or other emergency when it’s impossible to contact the instructor before the absence, the student may be granted an excused absence upon review of the case. Supporting documentation or evidence (i.e. a doctor’s note) will be required. Make-up exams will only be granted for excused absences. * If a student is absent on the day of an exam, quiz or when an assignment or project is due, the student will receive a 0% grade for that particular item. Late assignments and projects will only be accepted from those students with excused absences. Missing more than 3 classes (approximately 7.5 hrs or 15%) will result in a .2pts reduction of final grade for each day absence over 3 days.

Cheating: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Any dishonesty or deception fulfilling an academic requirement such as: Use and/or possession of unauthorized material; or technology during an examination. Obtaining assistance with or answers to examination questions from another person with or without that person’s knowledge. Furnishing assistance with or answers to examination questions for another person. Possessing, using, distributing, or selling unauthorized copies of examinations or computer programs.

Consequences: 1.

First offenders will receive a failing grade on the affected test, or assignment. Documentation regarding this offense will be placed in the student’s file.

2. 3.

Second offenses may result in the student being dismissed from the course. Subsequent offenses may result in the student being suspended or dismissed from the school.