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Music Technology

Music Technology

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Courses

MTEC 110: Recording Arts I

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: MTEC 120, MUS 100, and MUS 144A.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This first in a sequence of four recording arts courses presents an introductory overview of the audio production process. Topics include the physics of sound, transducers, audio processors, and recording-studio logistics. C-ID CMUS130X.

MTEC 111: Recording Arts II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 110.
Advisory: MTEC 120
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This is the second in a series of four courses designed as the study of the theory and application of methods and tools in the field of recording arts and audio production.

MTEC 120: Digital Audio Production I

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 110.
Enrollment Limitation: Concurrent enrollment in MTEC 110 if prerequisite not met.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course is a survey of the various procedures and technology used in contemporary audio production in the digital domain. Course work includes the Avid Pro Tools 101 Certification Test. Students are required to own or have ongoing personal access to a working copy of the Avid ProTools Digital Audio Software application and a suitable computer. C-ID CMUS-120X.

MTEC 130: MIDI

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This survey course explores the full range of Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) capable software and hardware including associated production techniques for music composition, performance, and recording.

MTEC 140: Sound Reinforcement I

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This course provides an overview of live concert sound reinforcement. Topics include theory and application of individual sound system components, such as microphones, mixers, amplifiers, wireless microphones and speakers.

MTEC 141: Sound Reinforcement II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 140.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course covers advanced topics in sound system design, stage management/organization, and sound checks. Topics include troubleshooting, live concert recording, and live concert interfacing with wireless microphones, MIDI, and video systems.

MTEC 150: Audio Equipment Maintenance

Units: 2
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course introduces audio maintenance, calibration, and minor repair as well electronic building tips as they pertain to music, theater, and related application of practical electronics. Students learn basic electronic principles and how they relate to signal flow and troubleshooting in various audio and related technical environments. Topics include signal path, circuit testing, component matching, power rating, and parallel and series type wiring as well as hands-on work with basic electronic maintenance/repair kits. The course emphasizes safety issues with electricity.

MTEC 160: Business of Music and Media I

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This course explores the essential topics relevant to participation in the contemporary music and media industry: intellectual property rights, copyright law, publishing administration, performing rights organizations, music licensing, contracts, and artist representation. C-ID CMUS-140X.

MTEC 210: Recording Arts III

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 111.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This third in a four-course sequence provides an in-depth technical and applied study of recording techniques covered in the previous recording arts courses. Topics include effects and dynamics processing and complex routing used in the context of the multi-track recording and mixdown. Students work within a group and utilize studio time to complete assignments within a given timeline.

MTEC 211: Recording Arts IV

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 210.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This fourth and final course in the recording arts technology sequence involves technical, personnel, and musical elements for final production of commercial music projects. Students individually organize and complete an outlined production of a workforce-ready product in a multi-track recording facility.

MTEC 220: Digital Audio Production II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 120.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course is an in-depth study of advanced digital audio production techniques in the Avid Pro Tools software environment. Specific subject areas include system setup, multi-track recording, editing, mixing, mastering, and the synchronization of audio with video. Course work includes the Avid Pro Tools 110, and 201 certification tests. Students are required to own or have ongoing personal access to a working copy of the Avid ProTools Digital Audio Software application and a suitable computer.

MTEC 230: Electronic Music and Sound Design

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 130.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1.50 hours, laboratory 1.50 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course provides an in-depth study and application of computer-generated and controlled sound devices within the current MIDI standard as defined by the MIDI Manufacturer's Association. Topics include the MIDI data stream and current specification, sound synthesis, networked MIDI systems, programming sound and stage control parameters, advanced music sequencer operation, and editing. Students program integrated MIDI systems for music composition, recording, and performance.

MTEC 260: Business of Music and Media II

Units: 2
Prerequisites: MTEC 160.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 2 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

Catalog Description This second in a two course series covers effective methods of exploitation and monetization of creative works in the current industry marketplace. Specific topics include careers in music and media, independent music production and distribution, synchronization and licensing, music submissions, marketing and publicity, and attaining practical goals.

MTEC 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

MTEC 296: Topics in Music Technology

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Music Technology that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

MTEC 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

Cooperative Work Experience is intended for students who are employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

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