CTVA 230

Spring Class Schedule and Due Dates


1 Jan
First day of class. Course Overview; Audio Essentials; Audio Basics / Wave Theory

2 Jan 30
Feb 1
Pro Tools; Elements of the Soundtrack;

3  Feb
Elements of the Soundtrack

4  Feb
Mic Basics (Types, Patterns)

5  Feb
Mic Basics (Dyn, electret, condenser)

6  Feb 27
Mar 01
Quiz One. Mixing Panels (Mackie 1402)

7  Mar
Hands-on Production Mixing: Airport Exercise

8 Mar
Hands-on Production Mixing: Airport Exercise

9  Mar
Spring Break. No classes.

10  Mar
Professional Approach, Pre-production planning.
Quiz two.

11 Apr
Lavaliers; Hands-on Production Mix: TV Talkshow
Current Event Podcast w Interview  project is DUE!

12  Apr

NAB week. I will be lecturing in Las Vegas, but open lab on Tuesday. No class on Thursday (work on your group projects).


13  Apr

Lavaliers; Hands-on Production Mix: TV Talkshow (continued)
Creepy Radio Promo  project is DUE!

14  Apr

Multi-track recording; Wireless Mics
Quiz Three.

 15 May
Project 3 Audio Book Project is due! Audio jobs and the entertainment industry. Izotope noise reduction.

16  May
Final Exam Review (Last day of Instruction)

- Turn in all assignments for grading by the end of the week

17  May
TUES: FINAL EXAM 10:15am -12:15pm in MZ 295

Audio Fundamentals Reading List


In addition to the Readings list on this site, there is a special link for the class for downloading additional course materials including handouts and Pro Tools session files. That private link is NOT posted on this website, but will be emailed to everyone enrolled in the course. When you receive the link, you should SAVE a copy of the link or the email itself to your hard drive, as well as download the zipped files to your personal computer. If you do not receive, or have lost, the email containing this course link -- just email the Instructor (Professor Ginsburg) and I will resend it to you.

The Basics

Production Planning

Understanding Mixing Panels

Note: PDF copies of the operations manuals for many popular mixers are in our Operations Manuals section.

Understanding Microphones

General Topics


Read the Pro Tools book in numerical order. I have also grouped the appropriate exercises with the corresponding chapters, since the text is inconsistent in that regard. Although technically we are on version 12 of Pro Tools, the differences between the book version and the latest version are not significant. Although you do not have to turn in these lab exercises, I do suggest that you attempt to do them because it will help you learn the program.

Chapter 1: Hardware Overview. Exercise 1: written Q+A (try it for fun and see how you do)

Chapter 2: Inside PT. Exercise 2: written Q+A (try it for fun and see how you do)

Chapter 3: Creating Session. Exercise 3: Creating a session.

Chapter 4: First Recording. No corresponding exercise file, but in Lab you will open a session and try to make a recording.

Chapter 5: Importing Media. Exercise 4: Importing audio.

SKIP Chapter 6: MIDI and SKIP Exercise 5: MIDI

Chapter 7: Navigation. Exercise 6: Memory points

Chapter 8: Editing. Exercise 7: Editing.

Chapter 9: Mixing. Exercise 8: Adding reverb, using Aux tracks

Chapter 10: Finishing, Saving, Export. Exercise 9: Automation.

Here are your reading assignments for our other textbook, Producing Great Sound for Film & Video by Jay Rose.

Chapters 1, 2, 4, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.

The other chapters are also full of information, and I would recommend that you read them as well -- when you get the chance. But because I do understand that you have a lot of material to digest -- what with the Pro Tools materials, the website articles, and the Great Sound book -- at least read these chapters.

Before you start complaining that there is so much to learn, understand and realize that there is so much to learn! Some of your courses you have to take for GE (aka advanced high school) credit, and some courses you opt to take just to get rid of electives (they may be fun and easy, but they probably will do nothing to help your career). However, your CTVA production courses are your futures -- and the more that you learn about the industry, the better equipped you will be to actually find find gainful employment in the field.

Poetry and Philosophy are nice to know if you want to work in a cafe, but I have yet to see a want ad looking for a Corporate Philosopher. At least our course content is relevant!

Don't just learn the minimum required. Master as much as you possibly can; the competition is very tough out there, and the skill requirements are challenging.