Advanced Hard Disk
Advanced Hard Disk provided an in depth instruction in the use of ProTools in professional studio operation scenarios by using typical post production examples. Some topics include: digital console automation, OMF file transfers, synchronization and machine control in post production, surround mixing, and surround formats. Each project for this class was submitted in 5.1 surround sound. These projects allowed us to mix music both in the box with ProTools and to a console using the Yamaha DM2000. The last project was to take a movie trailer and create our own audio for it using 5.1 surround sound. For the trailer project, we learned how to properly record ADR and Foley effects as well as spot sound effects and incorporate music into the project. We also covered session maintenance with deleting unused files and compressing the session. Software: ProTools HD, DTS packer, Compressor, and DVD Studio Pro.
Instructor: Pete Peloquin. Studio G.
Special Topics in Live Sound
This course was offered to upper-level audio students who have already taken Live Sound Reinforcement. It provided a more in depth and hands on experience in Live Sound. We focused on current technology being used in live venues and developing our skills in working with equipment and performers. Some new topics that I learned in this class include using a digital crossover and setting up side fill monitors.
During the semester, we prepared for and put on a concert at Pine Manor college in Chestnut Hill, which is a short ride from the Ai. Different departments from the school were also involved in this concert, including the advertising, marketing, and video departments. During our preparations, we integrated the new gear purchased this year into the racks that are used by the live sound students. We also got a new digital console, the Yamaha M7CL, so we spent a class learning how to use this console before the show.
Instructor: Rick Smith. Studio A.
In Advanced Mix, I got a greater understanding of the SSL console and VCA automation systems. We used critical listening a lot in this class, and used great sounding albums to reference to during our mixing sessions. Some topics covered include: parallel compression, re-amping techniques, digital audio sampling for sound replacement, MIDI sequencing, EQ, and different types of delay and reverb.
Instructor: Dave Lefkowitz. Studio A.
Sound for Picture
In Sound for Picture, I learned about sound design for motion picture and digital video. Topics include: advanced post production editing, dialogue replacement, multiple simultaneous mixes, downmixing, and troubleshooting incorrect sample rates, frame rates, and clock references. Assigned projects allowed us to take original audio from a scene, cut it up, and add Foley effects, hard effects, music, ADR, and ambience to create a useable audio track for the scene. The final project was an introduction to 5.1 surround sound, which I did not include in the Video Projects section because it is only in surround sound.
Instructor: Jay Frigoletto. Studio G.
Live Sound Reinforcement
In this course, I learned the basic setup for live performance scenarios, including live music performance, live broadcast feeds, remote recording, and theatrical performance. The class is mostly focused on mixing live music in a club-style venue. We covered topics such as speaker placement, monitor mixing, front of house mixing, proper cable laying techniques (perpendicular across audio and power cables), signal flow, snakes, grounding and power (including the separation of power between audio signal and amplifier power). Every week, our homework was to take out the gear and practice setting up the scenarios we learned in class to get enough hands on experience with live sound gear.
Instructor: Rick Smith. Studio A.
In Advanced Recording, I learned about different kinds of microphone placement, patch bays, room acoustics, and digital recording. Instead of recording to the HD drives like we did in previous classes, we used ProTools with external hard drives, which gave us more flexibility for our projects. In class, we brought bands in to learn different techniques and understand the different styles and environments that you may encounter in a recording studio. This was the first class that I had taken in Studio A, which has an SSL console and various outboard gear. Some microphone placements learned in the class include Mid-Side Pair, X/Y Pair, and mic-ing a baby grand piano. I also learned a few amp mic-ing techniques and how to use DI boxes for direct signals, such as bass guitar and keyboards.
Instructor: Al Shapiro. Studio A.
In Hard Disk, I learned about digital recording and synching video to sound with ProTools HD. I also learned how to use and set up a Digital Audio Workstation and use digital mixing consoles with automation. This class focused on the use of digital audio in music editing, radio production, and sound for digital video. In this class, I learned the importance of a word clock as well. There were several projects in this course that involved various uses of digital audio and video. Additional topics include: digital audio protocols, digital audio workstation software, digital mixing consoles, digital signal processing, and automation.
Instructor: Sean McLaughlin. Studio D.
In Recording 1 & 2, I learned all the basics of recording. In Recording 1, we did less actual recording and more learning how to use the mixers, outboard effects, and compressors. We used stations where nothing was patched in order to learn signal flow properly. We used Hi-8 tapes to record ourselves for projects and assignments.
In Recording 2, I got my first chance to actually record a band. We worked in teams of two recording a band of our choice to an Alesis HD-24 drive and mixed our own versions of the songs to be handed in. I also learned how to use a patch bay instead of patching everything myself. The class was mostly focused on using the equipment properly.
Instructors: 1. Hendrick Gideonse, 2. Al Shapiro. Studios B, C, and F.