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Seminar In Studio Design: Syllabus
MCO:5455 – CRN:45278, Purchase College Fall ‘16
Room #MUS-1045 Mondays 4:30-6:20


Instructor: Peter Denenberg
peter.denenberg@purchase.edu / 914.251.7933


Course Description

Seminar in Studio Design explores the nitty gritty involved in setting up a modern project / recording studio. In-class demonstration / discussion on analog signal routing and systems design, how to read block diagrams. Basic room acoustics & design are covered, how to “float a room”, a/c systems, diffusion, near and far field monitoring, construction resources are discussed. How to function in a “less than perfect” control room, moving things around to work better in any given space, guerilla acoustic treatments, choosing an equipment list to design project studios based on project specific goals and user budgets explored.

Recommended Reading:
The Studio Builder's Handbook: How to Improve the Sound of Your Studio on Any Budget
by Bobby Owsinski (Author), Dennis Moody (Author)
ISBN-10: 0739077031
ISBN-13: 978-0739077030

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; Budget for and assemble an intelligent project studio. Be better equipped to run a multi-microphone ensemble session and successfully manage and record their own sessions.


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 http://www.purchase.edu/coursecatalog/2008-10/AcademicPolicies/General/Integrity.aspx

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.