Audio Signal Processing

Course Description:

Students continue to study the principles of audio signals and the equipment used to record, process, and distribute audio content in this course. Sound in acoustical form is discussed in relation to studio acoustics. Students expand their understanding of signal flow of advanced audio systems by creating and reading complex block diagrams.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to: Effectively know when and how to effectively use audio plug-ins for creative and corrective uses.

Course Length: 10 Weeks

Credit Value: 4.0

Text: There is no required text for this course but there are required readings at http://ryanpeoples.com

Attendance Policy:

FOUR ABSENCES RESULT IN SUSPENSION FROM CLASS.  THIS IS A SCHOOL POLICY.

IF YOU ARE MORE THAN 20 MINUTES LATE TO CLASS YOU WILL BE MARKED ABSENT.

Standards for Grading 

 

A (90-100)

Excellent to Very Good; comprehensive knowledge and understanding of subject matter; marked perception and/or originality

 
B   (80-89)

Good; moderately broad knowledge and understanding of subject matter; noticeable perception and/or originality

C   (70-79)

Satisfactory; reasonable knowledge and understanding of subject matter; some perception and/or originality

D   (60-69)

Marginal; minimum of knowledge and understanding of subject matter; limited perception and/or originality

F   (<60)

Failing; unacceptable low level of knowledge and understanding of subject matter; severely limited perception and/or originality; absences in excess of allowable limit

4 projects (45% of your grade, 7.5% for projects 1 and 2; 15% for projects 3 and 4.

Midterm Exam (10% of your grade)

Final Exam (10% of your grade)

8 Quizzes (15% of your grade, 1% for Quiz 1 and 2% each for quizzes 2-8)

Participation (20% of your grade, 10% midterm 10% final)

Late Assignments:

Late assignments will only be accepted with the prior consent of the instructor.   The instructor will only permit the makeup of work due to a legitimate absence.

Academic Integrity: 

College guidelines for academic integrity are strictly enforced.  Copying materials or otherwise using the words, thoughts, audio/video/graphics files of others is plagiarism, which could result in various penalties ranging from project failure to administrative action. 

Academic Support/Learning Disabilities: 

Academic Support (tutoring) is provided to any student in need of tutoring.  Students who feel they are able to assist with tutoring this course should also contact their instructor and/or the Student Services Office.

 

Schedule

Instructor reserves the right to modify this, as necessary to accommodate student’s specific needs, shortcomings, and advantages.

 

Week 1:

Lecture: Overview of course; Introduction to Signal Processing

 

Week 2:

Lecture: Frequency Based Processors

Discuss: Project 1

 

Week 3:

Lecture: Dynamics Processors

 

Week 4:

Lecture: Distortion and Overdrive; Midterm Review

 

Week 5: 

Midterm Exam

Lecture: Pitch Processing

 

Week 6:

Lecture: Reverbs and Delays

 

Week 7:

Lecture: Modulation

 

Week 8:

Lecture: Time correction processing

 

Week 9:

Mixing and Mastering Processors; Final Exam Review

 

Week 10:

Final Exam

Lab: Final Projects Due

 

 

 

1. Teach a Plug-in

Students will select or have selected a plug-in that they will teach to the class. The lecture should be an in depth exploration of the plug-in that covers all parameters as well as practical and more experimental (if any) uses. Using Pro Tools sessions, videos and any other visuals, the students will present the plug-in presentation to the class in a lecture format that is between 15 and 20 minutes.

 

Project is worth 15% of final grade.

 

  1. Post Production Clean-up

 

Students will receive a sound file from an on-set production and clean it up using various plug-ins and techniques. Students may also use sound files from their own location work (upon approval of instructor).

 

Project is worth 7.5% of final grade

 

  1. Music Clean-up

 

Students will receive a sound file from an instrument or vocal recording session and clean it up using various plug-ins and techniques. Students may also use sound files from their own session work (upon approval of instructor).

 

Project is worth 15% of final grade.

 

  1. Mixing using plug-ins

 

Students will mix an entire project, either music or post for film, and use plug-ins throughout. Students will be required to present their mix and explain the use of plug-ins throughout the project. 

 

Project is worth 15% of final grade.