CCOG for MM 126 Summer 2024

Course Number:
MM 126
Course Title:
Sound for Picture
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Course Description

Covers sound as exhibited in modern film and television productions of all genres. Includes sound design, foley walking, ADR recording, on-set recording, and soundtrack/score recording. Includes mixing, editing, and software skills training. This course is also offered as MUC 126; a student who enrolls in this course a second time under either designator will be subject to the course repeat policy. Recommended: MUC 223. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Record production audio in both location and closed set environments.
  • Identify sound design needs and communicate those needs with a director.
  • Walk and record foley effects.
  • Spot, record, and mix Automated Dialogue Replacement.
  • Edit, mix, and repair production dialogue.
  • Spot a film for musical cues, lay temporary scores, and record soundtracks to picture.
  • Create, edit, and place sound effects using sound effects libraries.

Course Activities and Design

Material for the course will be presented in a lecture format but also include laboratory sessions as well as field recording.

  • In-class design and editing exercises
  • Homework assignments (Mixing, Film Analysis)
  • Critical listening training (Sound Design Analysis and Critique)
  • Sound design projects (Foley, Library Design, ADR)
  • Brief in-class quizzes
  • Class participation, small group work, and discussion
  • Constructive critique and feedback to design projects

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Participation in class discussion and group activities
  • In-class and homework assignments
  • Exams and quizzes
  • Sound design project presentations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Critical listening
  • Sound design theory
  • ADR techniques
  • Foley walking & recording techniques
  • Sound design and music spotting
  • Production (on set) sound skills and best practices
  • Film sound history
  • Final mixing skills
  • Film & TV sound equipment
  • Film sound software skills