Physics II was a more advanced study of nature, classical mechanics, and sound. We covered Newton's Laws of Motion, Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation, Kelper's Laws and Satellites, Centripital Force and Circular Motion, Kinetic Theory, Properties of Solids and Fluids including Phase Changes, Thermodynamics, Electric Charges, Forces, and Fields, Electric Potential, Energy, Capacitance, Electrostatics, Magnetism, Electro-magnetic Induction and Waves, Light and Optics, and AC Circuits. This course stimulated our minds to associate these theories with audio technology and sound waves.
Instructor: Bob Khederian.
Studio Design (Acoustics II)
In this course, we focused on the effect of acoustics on designing a studio. Some of the topics covered include bass traps, Helmholtz resonator, floating rooms, halls and theaters, velocity and pressure traps, reflection and refraction as well as other theories involved in acoustical treatment of a room. We also observed the designs of current studios and post production facilities.
Instructor: Jay Frigoletto.
In Acoustics, we examined the physical behavior of sound within a variety of environments, both indoors and outdoors. Topics include: human hearing and the principals of psychoacoustics, sound transmission, reflection, diffraction, diffusion, noise reduction, studio and room acoustics, and sound isolation. We used mathematical applications of formulas to figure out different acoustic situations and how to fix any acoustical problems.
Instructor: Monte McGuire.
Listening and Analysis
In Listening and Analysis, I gained a basic knowledge of the mechanics of music and music theory. We did a lot of critical listening and ear training exercises in order to better analyze recordings. Some of the topics covered include: chromatic and diatonic scales, harmony, intervals, triads, counterpoint, pedal point, basic song structure, and basic keyboarding. We also discussed theory based concepts, such as natural acoustics, audible frequency spectrum, equalization, and the domain of time delay. During the listening exercises, we listened to contemporary audio examples and determined the time signature, song structure, and analyzed the equalization techniques and time domain effects used. We also did some excersizes from Dave Moulton's Golden Ears CDs, which give examples of EQ changes on pink noise and on contemporary music examples and challenge us to guess the right frequency of change.
Instructor: John Krivit.
Audio Technology I & II
In Audio Technology, I learned everything necessary to understand audio, including how to draw and read block diagrams, signal flow, sine waves, microphones and how they work, designing a studio, cables and connectors, as well as other important information regarding audio. The information learned in Audio Technology was the foundation for what I would learn in Recording and other classes. More topics covered in this class include: Ohms law, gain structure, dynamic range, complex waves, signal processors, distortion, analog v. digital, and SMPTE time code.
Instructors: 1. Rick Smith, 2. Hendrick Gideonse.