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Sound Recording 1

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812876 (North)

†††† Schedule:

MW 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM, room 2225 (North)






Instructor Information

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

      Professor of Music Business and Production Technology
Two-time Latin Grammy nominee
United Teachers of Dade Champion of Education Arts & Entertainment 2014
King of Carnival Miami 2013

               Office: Kendall 8213-2

               Telephone: 305-237-0593




               Office Hours:

               Kendall Campus office hours are held in room 8213-2. North and Wolfson Campus Office Hours are held in rooms 2225 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.


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).

Course Competencies

Competency 1: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of the physics of sound and hearing by:


Competency 2: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a working knowledge of the recording process by:


Competency 3: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of the requirements associated when designing a project studio by:


Competency 4: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of microphone design and application by:



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


Competency 6: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of audio signal processing by:


Competency 7: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of the digital recording process by:


Competency 8: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate a basic understanding of the analog recording process 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   MUM2600 students communicate verbally and in written form.


      Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.

o   MUM2600 students compute acoustic wavelengths.


      Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.

o   MUM2600 students propose designs for a project studio based on their needs and resources.


      Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.

o   MUM2600 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   MUM2600 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   MUM2600 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 2600 students address ethical business practices related to copyright, employment, and music production.


      Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.

o   MUM2600 students use an array of computer applications related to music production.


      Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.

o   MUM2600 students will tackle a variety of music production issues using creative approaches developed throughout the course.

o   Alternatively, since one personís art is another personís 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   MUM2600 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:


Required Text

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 to each class meeting.

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


Resources (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 instructor)

o   Week 2: Project studio setup assignment

o   Week 3: MIDI – the gravitational force holding together the digital recording environment.

o   Week 4: Session setup and the Pro Tools interface

o   Week 6: Recording setup (Pro Tools based)

o   Week 8: Microphone applications

o   Week 10: Inputs and outputs and the patchbay

o   Week 12 – 16: Movie recordings and final projects


      Reading Assignments and Assessments

o   The professor will assign readings every week. The readings will require the students to complete an assessment related to the reading on Angel. Reading assignments and assessments will begin week two.



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 – 12: Course competencies 5

o   Weeks 13 – 14: Course competencies 6

o   Weeks 15: Course competencies 7

o   Weeks 16: Course competencies 8


      Tests and Readings Assessments

o   To be announced in advance


      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 20 points. Absences count as a zero. The grade is split between effort (10 points) and performance (10 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.


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


Assignments: All assignments will be issued and graded via 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.

      Lateness is discouraged. Please be on time. If you are late, the professor will not punish punctual students in order to repeat covered materials necessary to catch you up.

      Class participation is mandatory.

      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


Available Support Services

      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.

      The sound recording and MIDI lab at the North campus is located in room 2140.

      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.

      The sound recording and MIDI lab at the North campus is located in room 2140. Please check the schedule for availability.


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 musicianís 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 youíd 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).