CCOG for MUS 171 Summer 2024

Course Number:
MUS 171
Course Title:
Music Technology: Record and Mix
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Course Description

Develops digital music technology skills for musicians and music majors. Covers software-based recording, synthesis, beats, and core mixing. Presents foundations in Digital Audio Workstations, MIDI, audio recording, sequencing, effects, and applied production. Introduces music industry practices and trends. Prerequisites: MUS 170. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Use tools and techniques to: record, process, synthesize, manipulate and mix sound; program MIDI; and notate music digitally.
  2. Describe aesthetic and artistic choices in electronic music compositions within identified stylistic guidelines.
  3. Articulate an understanding of the distinctions between the various roles in professional music production to affect better collaboration and workflow in professional situations involving various parties: client, artist, producer, engineer, composer, and arranger.

Course Activities and Design

  • Electronic music composition projects
  • Complete exercises for the purpose of learning the function of music technologies
  • Engage in group discussions and evaluations of musical works created by established composers and peers
  • Instructor demonstration of music technology within historical and cultural contexts.
  • Create artist statement reflecting one's own process and its relationship with the processes and works of others

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be determined by measuring student competency in the related subject matter. Methods used to determine competency might include:

  • Practical Examinations
  • Quantitative/Qualitative Examinations
  • Individual Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Peer Reviews/Evaluations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

History and Context

  • Contemporary artists of electronic music
  • History of the recording industry and gear evolution.
  • Influential Producers and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Overview of Digital Recording

  • Digital Audio Workstations: Desktop and Portable
  • Signal Routing/Mixing Console
  • Microphones/Tracking/Overdubbing
  • Signal Processing
  • Multi-track Recording, Editing and Mixing


  • Techniques and methods
  • Structure and Form
  • Aesthetics
  • Style and Context
  • From Inspiration to Realization in the Recorded Medium

Audio Production:

  • Creative Process and Project Management
  • Interpersonal Communication and Collaboration with Performers
  • Content Management
  • Critical Listening
  • Role of the Producer