Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MUC 223
Course Title:
Studio Recording Technology I
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Course Description

Fundamental skills in audio engineering including a mixture of theory and practical application of current recording technology. Includes fundamental acoustics, microphone placement, editing, multi-track recording, mix-down, signal processing, Midi, and time code synchronization. Focuses on commercials, music recording and sound tracks for visual media. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Studio recording I is designed to familiarize the student with all aspects of session engineering along with fundamental studio design requirements. It is geared towards project studios and freelance engineering. The intent is to promote the art of music recording while providing a strong technical understanding.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Prepares student for MUS 224 a more intensive study. Student will be able to assess their own recording situation and / or successfully set up a project studio. Student will also begin to recognize phase collapsed stereo fields, masking, effects and to quantify musical qualities into values that can be adjusted or manipulated.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the basic theory of recording and the physics governing the process by successfully completing a mid term and final written exam. They will also be required to complete a "hands on" performance review of skills learned in the labs. On going assessment of skill development will occur in weekly labs on a point accumulation basis.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Perform routine maintenance and cleaning of tape based recorders.
  2. Perform basic signal routing
  3. Understand signal flow theory
  4. Identify Frequencies
  5. Identify phase anomalies
  6. Demonstrate critical listening
  7. Understand the physics involved in sound propagation
  8. Understand the human ear and the brains interpretation of stimuli