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Columbia College Chicago – Spring 2010 Introduction to Pro Tools for Producers Columbia College Chicago 600 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605 Arts Entertainment and Media Management Department Phone Number: 312 369 7652 Class Time & Day: 6:30pm – 9:20pm Wednesday. Building: 624 S. Michigan, room 704 Instructor: Robert DiFazio E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: By appointment Office location: 618 South Michigan Bldg., AEMM Dept. Office on the 7th Flr. Course Description: Course provides an introduction to music production using Digidesign Pro Tools software as it applies to the music producer. Topics include Digidesign hardware interfaces, Pro Tools software use, time efficiency using the software, industry standard plug-in use, and digital recording session organization. Course Rationale: This course will provide students with the information and training needed to understand recording studio practices as they relate to digital audio recording. The course will present industry standard production techniques including audio editing, processing, basic MIDI functions, and Pro Tools session setup. Prerequisite Courses: Producing Recorded Music I, Producing Recorded Music II Course Objectives: Through instructor lectures, audio and visual presentations, and hands on exercises, students at the successful completion of this course will be able to: 1. Understand the components of a Pro Tools digital audio workstation. 2. Understand editing and signal processing and express these functions to a recording engineer. 3. Quickly maneuver through software based recording systems. 4. Develop money saving techniques for use in record production. 5. Use specialized software plug-ins such as Auto Tune and Sound Replacer. 6. Communicate critical thought about recording session concepts through the written word. 7. Use basic functions of a digital control surface. Participation: Participation, is a major part of your grade. Students are responsible to engage in class discussion. Participation will show the instructor that you have read and understand the assignments. Text Required: Pro Tools Reference Guide v7.4 (English) Pro Tools 7.4 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts (PDF) Getting Started with Mbox 2 (PDF) Both documents can be downloaded for free under the support section at Digidesign.com Note: Students are highly advised to purchase professional quality headphones in order to complete take home assignments. Course fee: $150.00 1 Conaway Center Statement: Students with disabilities are requested to present their Columbia accommodation letters to their instructor at the beginning of the semester so that accommodations can be arranged in a timely manner by the College, the department or the faculty member, as appropriate. Students with disabilities who do not have accommodation letters should visit the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in room 520 of the 33 East Congress building (312.344.8134/V or 312.360.0767/TTY). It is incumbent upon the students to know their responsibilities in this regard. Statement of Academic Integrity: Students at Columbia College enjoy significant freedom of artistic expression and are encouraged to stretch their scholarly and artistic boundaries. However, the College prohibits all forms of academic dishonesty. For present purposes, "academic dishonesty" is understood as the appropriation and representation of another's work as one's own, whether such appropriation includes all or part of the other's work or whether it comprises all or part of what is represented as one's own work (plagiarism). Appropriate citation avoids this form of dishonesty. In addition, "academic dishonesty" includes cheating in any form, the falsification of academic documents or the falsification of works or references for use in class or other academic circumstances. When such dishonesty is discovered, the consequences to the student can be severe. Grading: A – 90 to100pts, B - 80 to 89pts, C - 70 to 79pts, D - 60 to 69pts, F - 0 to 59pts Peer Teaching – 10pts Midterm Paper – 10pts Final Paper – 10pts Quizzes – 15pts Participation - 15pts Independent Project – 20pts Final Exam – 20pts (10 written questions / 10 hands on activities) Peer Teaching Assignment: Each week, one student will be assigned to give a 5-10 minute summary of the previous week’s reading assignment. The student should do their best to understand the material in the text and creatively explain what they have learned. The student should also bring enough questions for each of the students in the class to answer at least one. Questions should be based on the reading assignments assigned the previous week. Quizzes: You will have four take-home quizzes that you will complete with a partner. You must be prepared for each quiz by reading the assigned material, as well as studying notes from previous lectures. The quiz will primarily cover the most recent lecture as well material covered throughout the semester. There will be questions and tasks that you must complete using the provided mobile DAW stations (you will be allowed to check these out for one week). It is your responsibility to be prepared to show the knowledge you have learned from the readings and lectures. There will be NO make-up quizzes so please turn in your assignment on time (the following class). Midterm Paper: The Midterm paper layout should be in accordance with this syllabus and Chapters 1&14 of A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations Sixth Edition- Kate L. Turabian. (Available in the bookstore and library). This syllabus takes precedents over any conflicts between the syllabus and the manual. This paper must include a title page. Table of contents is optional. Also required are footnotes (not endnotes) and a bibliography. The format for footnotes and bibliographies must be in accordance with A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations -Kate L. Turabian. 2 Your Mid term paper must be at least 5 fully typed white 81/2” by 11” (no three hole punched paper) pages, double spaced, 12 point, Times black font (no bold or italic except for emphasis of nouns and titles), unless otherwise indicated by the instructor. Margins must be between .05" and 1” all around (the last content page must also reflect this margin requirement at the bottom), bottom margins are measured from the last sentence on the page, not from the page number. Additionally, when using footnotes, the 1” margin is measured from the last line of the footnote. Footnotes must be in a smaller font than the content font and be single-spaced. Page numbers must be on the bottom right footer of each page except the first content page (no page number on first content page). Papers are to be stapled in the upper left margin. You must have a cover page for your Midterm paper. Your cover page must read as follows: line one: Your name, line two: class name; line three: day and time of class; line four: assignment due date. This information must be single spaced and centered in the middle of the page. All papers, even when handed in late, must meet the requirements as outlined in this syllabus. Do not turn your paper in with any type of folder or binder. If any of the criteria are not followed, your grade for each breach (a maximum deduction of two grades) will be lowered by one letter. Students will have an opportunity to re-write the paper, for a maximum Midterm paper grade of 80 percent, if they are not satisfied with their grade Additionally, your grade for written assignments may be based on content only, format/structure only, following directions only or a combination of all three. This means that you must follow all requirements at all times as is reflected in the syllabus. Your Midterm paper must be handed in (not emailed) at the beginning of class on the date it is due, even if you are absent —this means that papers will not be accepted during or after class is over. If the due date is missed, you must turn in your paper at the beginning of the next class after the due date. Late papers will be reduced by one letter grade. Any paper turned in after the late date will be considered turned in but the grade will reflect an F. All writing criteria as indicated above must be met in order to receive credit for turning in a late paper. Late papers that do not meet ALL criteria will not be accepted. For exceptional cases only, with instructor permission by email, you may e-mail your papers (only as an attached "Word" file). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their papers are turned in on time. When using email, transmission and formatting problems related to Internet delivery, no matter how it happens, cannot be used as an excuse for incorrect or late papers. It is recommended that students keep a copy of all graded work. If for any reason a student's paper is not returned by the instructor or TA, or a grade for a paper is not annotated in the instructors grade book, it is the responsibility of the student to show clear evidence that the paper was turned in and or graded. If this evidence is not provided, the required work will be considered not submitted. We do not accept faxed assignments. You are required to turn in every assignment and take the final exam before the end of the semester. There are no incompletes given. If your Midterm paper is not turned in or the final exam is not taken, the student will receive an automatic F for the course. 3 Subject of Papers: Midterm paper: will be a summary of the techniques and concepts that have been discussed in class so far. This paper is meant to ensure that the student has been keeping up with the reading and has been putting fourth a conscious effort to engage in the course. Please use examples of real-life situations in which each concept would be used. Paper should be 5 -10 pages in length. Final Paper: The final paper will be a 10 to 12 page version of the Midterm paper. Please include any new topics discussed as well as ways in which you have used these concepts in your take- home quiz assignments. Final Exam: The final exam will cover material from reading assignments and lectures as well as any guest lecturer discussions. The student must complete the exam within the class period. There will also be a hands-on skills portion of the test in which the student will be required to demonstrate their ability to use the Pro Tools recording system. The skills portion will be timed. A schedule of Homework assignments will be delivered on week 2 once DAW partners have been assigned. Schedule Lesson 1 – Administrative, Conceptual Overview Lecture Introduction to course, syllabus, papers, and text. Meet and greet, pick partners. Introductions to DAWs Reading: Pro Tools Manual – Chapter 2, 4 and 10 Lesson 2 – Pro Tools Lecture Digidesign hardware, Session setup, Tempo. File organization and backing up to CD. Listening Lab 1 PRACTICE QUIZ Reading: Pro Tools Manual – Chapter 6 and 17 Lesson 3 - Ins and Outs Lecture Pro Tools inputs, outputs, and busses. Listening Lab 2 Quiz#1 – Setting up Pro Tools Sessions and marker placement. Reading: Pro Tools Manual - Chapter 7 and 8 Lesson 4 – Editing 1 Lecture Editing – Trimming, fading, and moving regions. Editing with speed. The Smart tool. Preparing a session for mixing. Midterm paper. Listening Lab 3 Midterm Paper Assigned Reading: Pro Tools Manual – Chapter 10 and 18 4 Lesson 5 – Looping and MIDI 1 Lecture MIDI and Pro Tools, a useful tool for entrepreneurs and producers. Listening Lab 4 Quiz#2 Reading Ch 13 – Chapter 18 and 21 Lesson 6 – MIDI 2 Midterm Paper due Lecture Advanced MIDI Listening Lab 5 Reading: Pro Tools Manual – Chapter 24, 25 and 26 Lesson 7 – Processing 1 Lecture Re-introduction to processors and why producers should know what they do. Listening Lab 6 Reading: Pro Tools Manual – Chapter 27, 28 and 29 Lesson 8- Processing 2 Lecture: Pro Tools plug ins. Listening Lab 7 Quiz#3 - Processing Reading: Pro Tools Manual – 30, 31 and 32 Lesson 9 – Control Surfaces/automation Lecture HUI and other controllers. Intro to automation. Listening Lab 8 Make-up papers due Reading: Pro Tools Manual – 34, 35 and 36 Lesson 10 – Automation Lecture Automation Listening Lab 9 Quiz#4 – Control surfaces/Automation Reading: Chapter 38 Lesson 13- Sound Replacer Lecture Sound Replacer overview. Listening Lab 12 Quiz#5 – Bounce to disk and review for final. Reading: AutoTune Maual 5 Lesson 11 – Autotune 1 Lecture Autotune Listening Lab 10 Final Paper Reading: Chapter 39, 40, 41 Lesson 12 – Surround Sound Hands on with Autotune Surround Sound Lecture Listening Lab 11 Reading: Pro Tools Manual – beat detective Lesson 14 Lecture – Using Beat Detective Listening Lab 13 Final Papers Due Review for Final Lesson 15 Final Exam Notes to the syllabus This syllabus may be amended as the course proceeds. Students will be notified of all changes. 6
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