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Seminar In Mixing And Engineering: Syllabus
MCO:5450, Purchase College Fall ‘15
Room #MUS-1045 Mondays 4:30-6:20

Instructor: Peter Denenberg / 914.251.7933

Course Description

Seminar in Mixing and Engineering explores current concepts for creative recording and mixing using DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations). A graduate class often filled with long studying music students that are lacking technical / recording background we “catch up” on things, in the hopes of creating more self-sufficient writers/musicians. Microphones, microphone preamplifiers, analog consoles, balanced and unbalanced wiring, studio design and signal-flow are covered. Mixes are worked on in class often stopping along the way for the “how do they do its?” This seminar sticks primarily to “in the box” mixing and mastering studies, practical applications of plug-ins and outboard processors, basic digital audio theory & signal flow.

Recommended Reading-
The Mixing Engineer's Handbook (second edition) / Bobby Owsinski
ISBN-10: 128542087X
ISBN-13: 978-1285420875
The Recording Engineers Handbook / Bobby Owsinski
ISBN-10: 1285442016
ISBN-13: 978-1285442013

This subject requires all students to have access to a digital audio workstation (DAW). The recommended DAW is ProTools 12. The following DAWs may also be used, though only limited support and instruction will be provided: Logic (Pro or Express), Cubase, Reaper, Digital Performer, Sonar, or FL Studio, Ableton Live. The Purchase library has ProTools installed on several computers and these can be used for classwork.

As a result of meeting this course’s requirements students will be able to;
Understand how to assemble an intelligent project studio and run a multi-microphone ensemble session for a variety of genres.

Attendance Policy
Students are expected to meet all attendance and participation requirements in music classes. Unexcused absences, tardiness, or lack of preparation for class will not be accepted; students are allowed two excused absences (with prior permission only), three unexcused absences in any course earn a student a failing grade for that course. Two late arrivals equal one absence.

Course Grading
Grades based on attendance 50%, class participation and homework 50%
In order to receive an A on an individual writing assignment, students must submit complete, thoughtful answers that are grammatically correct, and that demonstrate good academic writing style.  They must be turned in on the stated due date to receive full credit — no exceptions.

Academic Honesty
In this and all of my classes, every student must be aware of and adhere to the college’s policy on academic honesty.  See the Student Handbook and other college publications for the policy

Academic Progress within the Major- Conservatory of Music Policy
A grade of “C” or better must be obtained for all core music classes within a major. Core classes are any music courses that appear on the 8 Semester Plan for graduation. A C- or below constitutes failure to progress academically and is grounds for dismissal from the major. Once the Conservatory is notified as to a student’s standing he or she will meet with the BOS area head. A letter will follow from the Director’s office informing the student that due to “poor academic progress” he or she will be counseled into another in the program of study.

Professional Standards – School of the Arts
Breaches of professional conduct are grounds for dismissal or probation depending on the severity of the infringement. Examples of poor professional conduct include, but are not limited to, poor treatment of facilities and studios, lack of preparation for rehearsals and/or lessons, disrespectful/disruptive behavior directed toward peers, faculty, administration and staff. The Conservatory of Music follows the SOA procedures for due process for any possible infractions.