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MUM 2600L

Sound Recording 1 Lab


778728 (North)


MW 3:25 PM – 4:15 PM, room 2140 (North)






Instructor Information

·               Dr. Eduardo J. Calle (EdD-DHEL, M.M., B.M.)

Associate Professor Senior of Music Business and Production Technology

Two-time Latin Grammy nominee

·               Office: Kendall 8213-2

·               Telephone: 305-237-0593

·               E-mail:

·               Website:

·               Angel:

·               Office Hours:

·               Last day of classes: April 25, 2014

·               Final exam schedule:


Note. All Kendall Campus office hours are held in room 8213-2. All North and Wolfson Campus office hours are held in rooms 2140 and 7A79, respectively. For rapid service, you may always reach the professor via e-mail. Additionally, the professor is usually available immediately before or after class in the respective classrooms.



All MUM2600L students must be enrolled in MUM2600 (reference number 605541). Students who are not enrolled in both courses will be dropped from the course at the end of the second meeting.


MUM2600L Course Description
An introduction to techniques, practices and procedures in making eight-track recordings. The student will gain experience with acoustical balancing, editing and over-dubbing in a wide variety of sound situations. Co-requisite: MUM 2600L. (3 hr. lecture).


Sound Recording 1 Lab 1 credit

Participation in MUM 2600L offers students directed “hands on” experience coinciding with lectures in MUM 2600. Co-requisite: MUM 2600. Special fee. (2 hr. lab)


MUM 2600L Course Competencies

Competency 1: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of the recording process by:

Competency 2: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of various responsibilities associated with an assistant engineer by:


Competency 3: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of commonly used studio microphones and their typical applications by:


Competency 4: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of audio signal routing by:


Competency 5: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of audio signal processing by:


Competency 6: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of sound recording techniques by:


General Education Outcomes

Students who successfully complete MUM2600 will demonstrate skills in accordance with the college-wide general learning outcomes. The general learning outcomes suggest that as graduates of Miami Dade College, students will able to:


·      Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

o   MUM2600L students communicate verbally and in written form.


·      Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.

o   MUM2600L students use spreadsheets to calculate costs related to studio construction and design.


·      Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.

o   MUM2600L students propose designs for a project studio based on their needs and resources.


·      Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.

o   MUM2600L students locate, evaluate, and apply information pertaining to the recording industry from a variety of sources and in a variety of ways.


·      Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.

o   MUM2600L students record a variety of musical styles from around the globe.


·      Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.

o   MUM2600L students explore strategies directly related to fulfilling their personal, civic, and social responsibilities by focusing on enrichment and profitability, service-oriented business practices, and the social impact of the music business.


·      Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.

o   MUM 2600L students address ethical business practices related to copyright, employment, and music production.


·      Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.

o   MUM2600L students use an array of computer applications related to music production.


·      Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.

o   MUM2600L students will tackle a variety of music production issues using creative approaches developed throughout the course.

o   Alternatively, since one person’s art is another person’s garbage, determinations regarding aesthetics will be made by MUM2600 students and represent their own personal opinions. Students will define acceptable levels of pitch congruence and rhythmic placement.


·      Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.

o   MUM2600L students will study the impact of high sound pressure levels on hearing, the disposal of computer equipment, and review a variety of music business activities that use energy and the related impact on the environment.


The Miami Dade College learning outcomes are available online at:




Huber, D. M., & Runstein, R. E. (2010). Modern Recording Techniques (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-240-81069-0.


Suggested Texts


Bartlett, B., & Bartlett, J. (2013). Practical recording techniques:The step-by-step approach to professional audio recording (6th ed.). Burlington, MA: Focal Press. ISBN: 978-0-240-82153-5.



·      Students are required to bring a USB flash drive of size 2 Gigabytes or larger and bring it to each class meeting. Students are responsible for saving any and all materials used throughout the course. Save it to your drives or risk loosing your work.

·      Students are expected to have access to a computer and the Internet.




· (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)


· (Central Intelligence Agency)

· (U.S. Copyright Office)

· (Ethics Resource Center)

· (Pro Tools manual)





· (Angel learning portal)

· (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

· (Small Business Administration)


· (Florida Division of Corporations)

· (U.S. Department of Labor)

· (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)


Course Requirements

·      Tentative schedule of assignments (all assignments will be posted on Angel at the discretion of the professor)

o   Week 2: The Pro Tools interface

o   Week 4: Session setup

o   Week 6: Recording setup

o   Week 8: Microphone applications

o   Week 10: Inputs and outputs

o   Week 12: The patchbay and outboard gear

o   Week 13 – 16: Movie recordings


·      Calendar

o   Weeks 1 - 4: Course competencies 1

o   Weeks 5 – 6: Course competencies 2

o   Weeks 7 – 8: Course competencies 3

o   Weeks 9 – 10: Course competencies 4

o   Weeks 11 – 13: Course competencies 5

o   Weeks 14 – 16: Course competencies 6


·      The MDC academic calendar is available at:


Course Evaluation/Grading Policy/Assessment Methods/Schedule

Course grading scale:

A: 90 – 100

B: 80 – 89

C: 70 – 79

D: 60 – 69

F: 59 or lower


Class Participation: An in-class participation (ICP) assignment and corresponding grade will be issued each and every class meeting. Each ICP is worth 10 points. Absences count as a zero. The grade is split between effort (5 points) and performance (5 points). Those who fail to perform duties as assigned will earn a zero (0). Anyone observed watching unauthorized videos of their favorite artists during class or lab time will earn a zero for the corresponding ICP. Authorized assignments are those specified by the professor. Class participation points will be totaled and averaged and will be counted as one exam score.


Tests: All tests will be issued and graded via Angel.


Class participation. All students will participate in every aspect of each project including setting up and striking all gear. A daily grade of A or F will be issued for participation. If you are a “prima donna” or feel that performing manual tasks is not to your liking, you must make a commitment to performing the work required or drop the class immediately.


Assignments: Grades for all assignments will be posted on Angel.

Grading policy: Scores for each test or assignments will be calculated by dividing the number of points earned by the number of possible points. The percentage grades for each test and assignment will be totaled and computed into a final a grade in accordance with the course grading scale.


Course/Departmental Policies

·      Attendance is mandatory. An assignment or assessment will be issued each class meeting. No makeup is allowed for missed in-class assignments or assessments. Each class meeting is worth 5 attendance points. Attendance will be totaled, averaged, and will count as one exam grade.

·      Lateness is discouraged. Please be on time.

·      Class participation is encouraged.

·      Missed tests can only be made up in cases involving excused absences.

·      Illness/emergencies should be reported to the professor via E-mail.

·      Students are expected to observe the academic honesty policies detailed in the MDC publication outlining student rights and responsibilities. This document is available at

·      Students with special needs should contact the instructor or the appropriate college department.

·      In case of emergency, the class will exercise college-mandated emergency procedures.

·      If you are sick, please see a doctor. Due to concerns about the H1N1 virus making its way around the planet, students are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizers and wear protective masks when sneezing or dealing with a continuous runny nose.


Available Support Services

·               The North Campus Midi/Sound Recording lab is located in room 2140. See posted schedule.

·               The Kendall MIDI lab is located in room 8111.

·               The Kendall computer courtyard is located in building 3.

·               The Kendall music lab is located in room M-335.

·               Disability Services – please contact student services.

·               ACCESS Department - students who experience learning difficulties or have disabilities                are urged to visit an ACCESS advisor to determine if eligible for any special services


Recommended Texts


Baker, B. (2011). Guerilla Music Marketing Online: 129 free and low-cost strategies to promote and sell your music on the Internet. St. Louis, MO: Spotlight Publications.


Baragary, R. (1996). The Billboard guide to home recording. New York, NY: Billboard Books. (ISBN: 0823083004).

Collins, J. C. (2001). Good to great. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.


Collins, J. C., & Porras, J. I. (2002). Built to last: Successful habits of visionary companies. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

Franz, D. (2001). Producing in the home studio with Pro Tools. Boston, MA: Berklee Press. (ISBN: 0634032216).

Halloran, M. (Ed.). (2001). The musician’s business and legal guide (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. (ISBN: 0130316814).

Huber, D. M. (1999). The MIDI manual: A practical guide to MIDI in the project studio (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Focal Press. (ISBN: 0240803302).

Jones, K. M. (with Greenberg, G. A.). (1996). Everything you’d better know about the recording industry. Venice, CA: Brooklyn Boy Books. (ISBN: 1885726031).

Levine, M. (2010). Broken windows, broken business. New York, NY: Warner Business Books.

Moser. D. J. (2006). Moser on music copyright. Boston, MA: Thomson Course Technology PTR. (ISBN: 1598631438).

Moser, D. J., & Slay, C. L. (2012). Music copyright law. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.


Rapaport, D. (2003). A music business primer. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. (ISBN: 0130340774)

Robbins, A. (1991). Awaken the giant within. New York, NY: Free Press. (ISBN: 0671791540).

Shemel, S., & Krasilovsky, M. W. (with Gross, J. M.) (2003). This business of music: The definitive guide to the music industry (9th ed.). New York, NY: Billboard Publications. (ISBN: 0823077284).

Tunecore. (2012). Music industry survival manual: New rules for the music industry. New York, NY: Tunecore.


Wacholtz, L. E. (1996). Star tracks: Principles for success in the music and entertainment business (1st ed.). Nashville: TN: Thumbs Up Publishing. (ISBN: 096523410X).

Whitsett, T. (2004). Music publishing: The real road to music business success (5th ed.). Vallejo, CA: MixBooks. (ISBN: 193114009X). 

Williams, D. B., & Webster, P. R. (1999). Experiencing music technology (3rd ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education. (ISBN: 0534176720).

Wixen, R. D. (2009). The plain and simple guide to music publishing (2nd ed.). Milwaukee, WI: Hal Leonard. (ISBN: 978-1-4234-6854-7).