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Introduction to Audio Mixing Techniques
Course: MUC194

First Term: 2020 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.0 Credit(s)   4.0 Period(s)   4.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: T - Lab Load

Description: Approaches in final mixing for different musical genres. Develop critical listening skills, and applying these techniques to students` projects. Professional-type facilities and equipment available for student use.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify, diagram, and discuss the form, arrangement, and instrumentation components of songs and other compositions. (I, IV)
2. Prepare a written and visual analysis of at least two works of music or media from different genres. (I, IV)
3. Identify the key acoustical elements of control rooms and project-based studios and the setup of mix positions. (II)
4. Employ the tools of Equalization (EQ), Dynamics, Time-Based, and Audio Repair processing for music and post-production. (III)
5. Demonstrate an ability to identify typical sounds from a variety of genres or media and apply mixing techniques to realize these sounds. (IV)
6. Describe the role of spatialization in audio and use techniques to apply spatialization to music and post-production projects. (V)
7. Apply automation techniques in music and post-production projects. (VI)
8. Prepare and present a completed project for evaluation in accordance with established methodology and industry standard delivery guidelines. (VII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Music analysis
   A. Form in songs, compositions, narrative-based media
   B. Arrangement
   C. Instrumentation
II. Acoustics
   A. Principles of room acoustics
   B. Acoustic treatment including absorption, diffusion, software-based solutions
   C. Mix position, speaker placement
III. Signal processing
   A. Equalization
   B. Dynamics
   C. Time-based processors
   D. Audio repair
      1. Noise reduction
      2. Editing
IV. Genre specific analysis
   A. Reference tracks
   B. Style Considerations
   C. Balance, Density, Clarity
V. Audio spatialization
   A. Mono
   B. Stereo
   C. Surround
   D. Localization techniques
VI. Automation
   A. Volume and other automated parameters
   B. Real-time writing
   C. Editing
VII. Projects
   A. Delivery specifications for different media
   B. Loudness concepts
   C. Evaluation of projects
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 10, 2019

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