Audio Production with Paul Dell Aquila • Semester Topics

Assigned Reading, Homework Schedule, and Class Agenda

University of Louisville Music 575 Semester Topics

Glyn Johns


Basic Properties of Sound

Sound Generation
The Perception of Sound
Graphic Representation of Sound
Dynamic Range
Periodic and Aperiodic Sound Waves

Capturing Sound

Analog Recording
Digital Recording
Sample Rate
Bit Resolution

Microphone Technology

Types of Microphones
Polar Patterns
Popular Studio Microphones

Signal Flow in the Studio

Mixing Console Basics
Gain Staging and Level Setting
Signal Levels, Impedances, and Balancing

Critical Listening Systems

The Listening Environment
Control Room Monitoring Components
Headphone System Components
Current Popular Consumer Playback Systems

The Recording Process

Alan Parsons

Multitrack Recording
Metronomes, Guide Tracks, and Cue Mixes
The Musical Production and Arrangement

Recording Individual Instruments

Recording Environment Acoustics
Microphone Placement for Various Instruments
Direct Inject Recording and Amplifier Simulators
Considering the Frequency Spectrum
Recording and Punching In

Signal Processing (Part One)

Basic Time-Based Effects: Delays and Reverbs
Frequency Effects: Equalization

Signal Processing (Part Two)

Level Effects: Compression, Limiting, and Gating
Other Signal Processors

Flanging, Phasing, and Chorusing

Pitch Transposers

MIDI in the Recording Studio

The Basics of MIDI Sequencing
Sampling and Sample Players
Printing Sequenced Parts

The Mixing Process

Preparing for the Mix
Changing the Listening Perspective
Ear Fatigue
The Stereo Mixdown

Eddie Kramer

Studio Maintenance

Data Storage and Archiving
Updating Computer Software and System Components
Soldering Cables and Jacks


Pro Tools Preliminaries

Joining the Avid Audio Forum
Using Pro Tools 101 Official Courseware
Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts

Introduction to Pro Tools

The Story of Pro Tools
Pro Tools System Configurations

Hardware Systems

The Software Interface

Working with Pro Tools Sessions

Creating and Saving a Session
Configuring Session Parameters
Adding Various Track Types
Optimizing System Performance

Configuring Pro Tools for Audio Recording

Configuring Hardware for Recording
Configuring Tracks for Recording
The I/O Setup

Robert John Mutt Lange

Recording into a Pro Tools Session File

Making a Recording
Overdubbing Audio
Organizing the Recorded Files

The Clips List

Importing Audio Into a Pro Tools Session
Importing Other Types of Session Data

Navigating the Pro Tools Session

Working in the Edit Window
Timeline and Tempo

Creating a Click Track

Selecting Items on Screen

Types of Selections

Working with Edit Selections

Adjusting the Session View
Memory Locations and Markers
DigiBase Browsers

Audio Editing with Pro Tools

Edit Tools and Edit Modes
Moving and Trimming Audio Clips
Creating Fades and Crossfades
Track Compositing (Comping)
Creating Audio Loops

Working with MIDI in Pro Tools

Preparing for MIDI Recording
Using Virtual Instrument Plugins
Recording the MIDI Data
Viewing and Editing MIDI Data
Quantizing MIDI Events

Bob Clearmountain

Mixing in Pro Tools

Pro Tools Mixer Terminology
Configuring the Mix Window

Sends, Returns, Buses, and Master Faders


Creating and Editing Automation Graphically

Working with Real-Time Plug-Ins

Completing the Session

Printing a Stereo Mix (Bouncing Techniques)
Post Production Mastering in Pro Tools
Burning an Audio CD
Backing up the Pro Tools Session Files

Assigned Reading, Homework Schedule, and Class Agenda

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