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Final Project (2nd post)

Final Project:

Group videos in the style of “Edutainment”

Examples include  ERB of History,  Everything is a Remix, ERB of Music Technology (autotune) (Analog vs Digital synthesis).

Goals present a short paper (5-7pp) worth of of material in a fun, inspiring and/or exciting video format.    Use any sources you wish, including wikipedia, but make sure you cite and confirm your facts.

Top videos will be posted on youtube.

Text (script) or music (song) and bibliography(citations of previous art, links, book & articles) due 6-May-2014

Video presentation due 13-May-2014 in class at 6pm
reminder class on the 13th is 6-8pm.


Assignment 09 Impulse Response Reverb

Goal:  Acquire a new technical skill and learn about Impulse Response (IR) and convolution reverb from hands-on experience.

• Find a 2-3 reverberant spaces where you can pop some balloons.
• Record balloon popping at close proximity.  You may need to experiment at home to find how to record the balloons without distortion.
• Record your voice or instrument in a “dry” location.
• Find a convolution or Impulse Response reverb tool that allows you to load your own impulse response files.
• Apply the impulse response files to the dry recording.

Bonus Tasks:
• Record the same voice or instrument used in the dry recording, but this time in the reverberant space.
• Compare the IR reverb to the live recorded reverb.

Post the recordings and a brief discussion of your processes and results on your blog.

We will present and discuss further at our next meeting.

Assignment 05 Record and Compare

Practical Experiment
Description: For this assignment you are expected to perform a set of small experiments as explained below. Your goals include evaluating qualitative differences between different microphones and different microphone positions.

The experiments on this assignment can be performed in studio F,  or your your home studio.  You will need to make sound on an instrument, voice or with a loudspeaker,  so try to book a time when making noise is ok.

You will new two microphones and necessary equipment (mixer, audio interface, etc) to get sound into your preferred audio recording app.  Please make sure that each microphone is recording into a separate audio channel.

If you do not have access to a musician/instrument.  Consider recording yourself singing with a microphone 10 to 20cm from your face and then play back the record into a loud speaker, and perform the rest of the experiments treating the loudspeaker as an instrument.

Record a short musical phrase (same phrase, same performance qualities) with various microphone positions:
1. Both close, on axis (microphone pointed at the instrument)
2. Both close, off axis (microphone not pointed at instrument)
3. One far, one close on axis
4. The other far, the other close on axis
5. Both far on axis
6. Both far off axis

For the report:
Post photos of your microphone placements, and recordings of each of the combinations.
How do the different microphones sound different from each other, if at all? How do each of the positions sound? How does the sound change when the microphone is on or off axis? How does the sound level change? How do the frequencies of the instrument change? How does the sound change with distance?


I will assume in this class that you are reasonably comfortable with mobile computing devices and personal computers (knowledge of how to open change and save documents, such as word or finale, move documents around on the computer as well as email and internet applications).   I do not assume and prior experience with with any specific electronics or music technology.  That said, I expect those who do not have experience to engage each topic and assignment with intensity and vigor such that essential understanding is quickly acquired.

Reading and Sources

Spring 2014:
Required Reading:
Understanding and Crafting the Mix, by William Moylan
ISBN-10: 0240807553
The Producer as Composer, by Virgil Moorefield
ISBN-10: 0262514052

Online Reading:

Suggested Reading:
Sound and Recording, by Rumsey and McCormick
Computer Music Tutorial, by Curtis Roads

Grading Ruberic

Spring 2014:
Assignments & Labs                  28%   weekly experiments and/or reports posted on blog
Attendance & Engagement   28%   arrive on time, answer some questions, ask many
Mid-term Exam                            20%    approx. 10 questions, short essay answers
Final Report & Video                 24%   3-5 minute video

Tentative Schedule of Topics

Tentative schedule of topics


In Class Topic




Intro, Sound, Waves


online, Moylan



Amplitude vs Loudness

online, Moylan




online, Moorefield


Mixers, Mixing

Mixer Proof

online, Moorefield, Molyan


Digital Signals


online, Moylan



Reverb Experiments/report

online,  review


Mid-Term exam (20%)

Choose work to analyze



Critical Listening

Critical listening exercises




Analysis exercises



Plotting, Notation, MIDI

Reproduction project 1



Recording Tech

Project outline



Sampling and Looping

Arranging via loops

amen break, Moorefield, self assigned



Project draft

TB303, Moorefield, self assigned


Audio Effects, Remixing

Final draft/Script/shot-list

Moorefield, self assigned


Video Presentations

Edit and share final video