Audio Plug-ins & Signal Processing
Creative applications of software plugins and outboard hardware used in contemporary music production and sound design. Signal processing, equalization, compression, Beat Detective, distortion, reverb, delay, pitch correction, modulation, advanced plugin automation techniques. Compare plugins and processors from different companies, including Sonnox, McDSP, Massey, Avid, Antares, and Waves. Waves Certification Program textbook provides high-quality, standardized means of mastering audio plugins. Practice with a wide range of material and genres, including rock, pop, hip hop, jazz, acoustic, orchestral, electronic, and spoken word.
Apply techniques to any digital audio workstation, including Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton Live and Studio One, and traditional analog mixing consoles.
There are no prerequisites for this class. Some previous experience with a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is highly recommended.
Not open to students with credit in MUS 81D.
Not Repeatable. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter.)
Foothill College GE Area:
1. Apply plugins directly to a track in a multitrack recording
2. Apply plugins to multiple tracks via buses and aux tracks in a multitrack recording
3. Explain equalization and compression techniques as standardized in the modern recording industry
4. Create a master track and apply various styles of mastering compression to the final mix
5. Pitch correct a vocal and instrumental track with Antares Auto-Tune with no audible artifacts
Hybrid Online TBA Activities
This course includes three (3) hybrid hours per week conducted via the Internet and not in the face-to-face class session on campus. Listed as TBA in the Foothill College Course Schedule, these hours can be done anywhere with an Internet connection.
In order to fulfill the participation requirements for these hybrid hours, students are expected to complete various online activities each week which may include:
- Instructor-facilitated Discussions
- Private Messages
- Live Chat or Instant Messaging
- Lab Assignments, including student-created content
- Web conferencing of lectures or discussions
- Collaborative group work
- Portfolio submissions with instructor feedback
- Student peer-review postings
- Quizzes with instructor feedback
Textbooks and Online Content
Author: Roey Izhaki
Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (November 2, 2017)
Required Online Content
Author: Brian Lee White
Requires: LinkedIn Learning subscription
These videos are also available for free at Lynda.com
The history of music technology and sound recording from the earliest analog devices to current digital streaming services.
Introduction to creating music with computers, keyboards, audio samples and beats using Pro Tools and other digital audio workstations.
Mixing & mastering multitrack recordings using Pro Tools. EQ, compression, reverb, delays, tempo maps, harmonic distortion…
Foothill College created one of the first music technology programs in the country, launching classes in 1997, and remains one of the nation’s top programs, offering outstanding instruction and professional-quality facilities.
Our program provides a very cost–efficient option for students considering public or private universities.