MUS174A – 3rd assignment

assignment #3 – music 174a

the idea of this project is to record at least 3 different instruments (a drum kit is considered a single instrument) with microphones to create a complete recording of a piece or song. quality counts. strive for fullness and detail.

3-5 minute piece

1 use at least 3 different microphones

2 majority of tracks should be miked (some electronic instruments allowed)

3 use close and distant miking

4 make at least two overdubs

5 at least 5 edits, and at least 10 tracks

6 do a basic rough mix

no effects or plugins with the following exception:
– acoustic effects can be used (hallway reverb, room mic, etc.)

you must present your piece in 10th or finals week, playing the piece, explaining what you did and answering questions.
you should place the session in the 174a folder, with a separate stereo interleaved soundfile with the final edit/rough mix.

you should also hand in documentation as follows:
– microphone/instrument diagram
– track listing with mic, settings
– take listing with time, description, notes

work in the following groups

Grant Parker Hovander – James Forest Reid – Tracy Nicole Levick
Crystal Jiao – Matthew Harrison Rice – Joyce Hwayoung Park
William Joseph-Glen Carlisle – Gregory Tazmond Farley
John Anthony D’Agostini – Kostyantyn Chumakov – Aldo Marcel Mojica
Camden Robert Greenwood – Salvador Zamora – Cordane Omari Richardson
Cory Jonathan Banh – Christopher Patrick Loree
Raymond S Lim – Chloe Jessica Bari – Yidai Li
Camille Angela Latzke – Caleb Michael Hess – Chi Zhang
Jacob Michael Ugalde – Francis Kyle Galang – Jorge Alberto Jiron Villarreal
Daniela Andrea Chaparro – Kenroe Ervin Ang – Lizbeth Rios

MUS174A – Assignment 2

assignment #2 – music 174a

record a solo acoustic instrument that is not piano 1:30 to 3 minutes

1. choose 2 of the following techniques, choose techniques which compliment the style of music.

  • -use 2 close microphones
  • -use a close microphone and distant microphone
  • -use a stereo pair
  • -use a stereo pair and close microphone

2. record on separate labelled tracks in protools

3. document your project, describe why you used each microphone, why you chose the positions you choose, describe the sound of each microphone. note the position and type of microphones used for each track

4. mix down to a stereo track in protools

5. save everything to a folder named with your last names and “a2”. put this folder in the 174a folder on the class drive

6. present in class, each person will need to talk about what they did

7. quality of recording will be part of the grade

work in the following groups

1) Raymond S Lim – Crystal Jiao – John Anthony D’Agostini

2) Grant Parker Hovander – Camden Robert Greenwood

3) Cory Jonathan Banh – Camille Angela Latzke – Jacob Michael Ugalde

4) Daniela Andrea Chaparro – William Joseph-Glen Carlisle – Chloe Jessica Bari

5) Matthew Harrison Rice – Kostyantyn Chumakov – James Forest Reid

6) Salvador Zamora – Christopher Patrick Loree – Caleb Michael Hess

7) Francis Kyle Galang – Kenroe Ervin Ang

8) Gregory Tazmond Farley – Yidai Li – Joyce Hwayoung Park

9) Aldo Marcel Mojica – Tracy Nicole Levick – Cordane Omari Richardson

10) Chi Zhang – Jorge Alberto Jiron Villarreal – Lizbeth Rios

Due Tuesday Week 7 – November 14th

MUS174A – First Assignment

174 A – First Assignment – The most basic studio tasks

Due 10/24/17 (Tuesday 4th week)

  • Each item is worth 2 points (20 points total)
  • Partially correct is worth 1 point
  • Step omitted – 0 points
  • Room 269/203
  1. Make a folder with your name in the Class drive
  2. Create a ProTools Session at 44.1k, 24 bits, WAV files
  3. Create 2 mono tracks
  4. Name the tracks
  5. Place a comment in one of the tracks with your mic type
  6. Check a microphone, mic stand and cable from Brady
  7. Record spoken audio into each mono track
  8. Use close miking for one track, distant for the other
  9. Mix and bounce/export the audio from the mono tracks
  10. Save the session in your named Folder as Assignment 1

Email Jordan and I when you are finished.

MUS174A Syllabus

mus 174a – audio studio techniques – fall 2017

cpmc 203 or 267 – tuesday, thursday 11:00 – 12:20

instructor – tom erbe – – cpmc 254

ta – jordan morton –


  • intro tour of the studio
  • analog & digital – signals – cables – patchbays
  • the mixer
  • microphones types
  • stereo techniques
  • instrument techniques
  • positioning
  • monitors types
  • listening techniques
  • tracking mixer configuration
  • monitoring
  • fx for recording (compression/eq)
  • logs
  • editing basic protools
  • fades and cross fades
  • layers
  • mixing basic mixing



1) bruce and jenny bartlett – practical recording techniques


2) tape op magazine

3) bob katz – mastering audio

class requirements

  1. 2 studio assignments – 50% (25)
  2. final – record a piece in the studio – present it in class 10th week (play it, talk about it, discuss) the piece should stand by itself, and be independent of other media (that is – no soundtracks for film or video. no sound effects for theatre or video game, etc.). – 40%
  3. attendance, class participation – 10%

office hours

tuesday, thursday 3:30pm – 5:00pm