Music Theory For Audio Producers
Introductory course in music theory as applied to audio production, music technology and songwriting. Study elements of music, including melody, rhythm, chords and musical forms. Understand traditional music notation as applied to MIDI sequencers, Pro Tools and other Digital Audio Workstations (DAWS). Edit drum and percussion notation to program beats, MIDI sequencer Event Lists, and digital sample libraries.
Ear training exercises for audio engineers to make equalization and production decisions based on harmonic overtones, key signatures and chord progressions. Selected listening and analysis of famous composers and award-winning producers in a wide variety of styles. Study the Nashville number music notation shorthand system. Develop ability to quickly and effectively recognize chord changes and transpose to any key.
Learn to read, write and conduct orchestral scores used in commercial recording studios. Apply traditional music theory concepts to modern digital audio editing software, such as Melodyne, Autotune, Elastic Audio, and computer virtual instrument orchestration.
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. 4 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory. (60 hours total per quarter.)
Foothill College GE Area:
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.