Music Technology and Recording Arts

Course Offerings

Courses offered in the MTRA Program:

MUS31A - Fundamental Recording Techniques I

1.5 units; 1.5 hours Lecture, 1 hour Laboratory

Recommended Preparation: MUS 5 or MUS 6 or equivalent skills.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Introduces basic recording and music production skills, utilizing computer-based technologies; students will have individual lab time for hands on experience. Topics include analog/digital, signal chain, gain structure, microphones, mic techniques, mixing board, multi-track recording, stereo panorama, mixing, effects, headphones, cables and equipment, safety issues. Materials fee may apply. May be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

MUS 31B - Fundamental Recording Techniques II

1.5 units; 1.5 hours Lecture, 1 hour Laboratory

Prerequisite: MUS 31A or equivalent experience.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Continues development of recording skills for studio musicians and home or professional recording engineers, maximizing the production capabilities of combining computer technology with traditional recording techniques. Materials fee may apply. May be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

MUS 31LS Live Sound Production

1.5 units; 1.5 hours Lecture, 1 hour Laboratory

Prerequisite: MUS 31B or equivalent experience.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Studies elements of sound production related to live performance, including mixing, monitoring, equipment set up, microphoning, EQ, music/theatrical production, event recording.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

MUS 31SP Studio Production

1.5 units; 1.5 hours Lecture, 1 hour Laboratory

Prerequisite: MUS 31B or equivalent experience.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Studies elements of pre-production, music arranging, rehearsal techniques, scheduling, budgeting, production, and multi-track/live studio recording. Challenges students to synthesize their technical skills and musical knowledge to create, prepare, and fully produce music projects. Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

MUS 31TS Theatrical Sound Production

1.5 units; 1.5 hours Lecture, 1 hour Laboratory

Prerequisite: MUS 31LS.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Prepares the live sound student for a larger performance environment and real-life experience producing sound reinforcement for music, theater, and dance performances in venues such as Cabrillo College’s Samper Recital Hall, Black Box, and Crocker Theaters.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

MUS 57A Music and Computers I: Digital Music Production

1.5 units; 1.5 hours Lecture, 1 hour Laboratory

Recommended Preparation: MUS 5 or MUS 6 or equivalent experience.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Introduces digital music production through the use of MIDI sequencing, digital audio, mixing, editing, and software. Materials fee may apply. May be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

MUS 57B Music and Computers II: Electronic Music Composition

1.5 units; 1.5 hours Lecture, 1 hour Laboratory

Prerequisite: MUS 57A or equivalent experience.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Continues the study of computer-based music production, with an emphasis on electronic music composition, synthesis, and sound design utilizing current hardware and software programs. Materials fee may apply. May be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

MUS 57NS Music and Computers III: Music Notation and Scoring

1.5 units; 1.5 hours Lecture, 1 hour Laboratory

Prerequisite: MUS 57A or MUS 57B or equivalent experience.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Prepares students for intermediate/advanced work in music publication, composition, arranging and production, incorporating music preparation, data entry, editing, layout, playback styles, and software instruments. Materials fee may apply. May be offered in a Distance-Learning Format.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

MUS 7 Music Synthesis, Sampling, and Electronic Music

3 units; 3 hours Lecture, 1 hour Laboratory

Recommended Preparation: MUS 5 or MUS 6 or equivalent skills.

Repeatability: May be taken a total of 1 time.

Introduces the use of synthesizers and digital sampling in the composition of electronic music. Topics include: analog synthesis, digital synthesis, digital sampling, sample editing, digital processing, MIDI and electronic music composition, including hands-on experience for individual projects. Some of the class hours for this course may be scheduled as To Be Arranged (TBA). See the Schedule of Classes for the details about this course offering. Materials fee may apply.

Transfer Credit: Transfers to CSU.

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