Sound Recording/Engineering Class
Taught by Christopher Mckinlay and Jonathan Snipes
Tuesday 5/24, 7-10pm
Saturday 5/28, 2-5pm
Tuesday 5/31, 7-10pm
Saturday 6/4, 2-5pm
Members – $225
Non-Members – $250
Become a Machine Project Member and get a discount on all classes for a year!
This course will introduce the basic audio engineering techniques of
effective patching and monitoring. There will be some theory, however
most topics will be presented through demonstrations and hands-on
group recording exercises. Our goal is to develop the skills
necessary to record high fidelity audio using commodity equipment.
Natural corollaries to this include the ability to make more informed
decisions about production style, studio setup, specific gear, etc.
fundamentals of audio monitoring
– psycho-acoustics and effective monitoring
– the 3 primary monitoring domains
– issues related to polarity and mono
fundamentals of analog patching
– balanced/unbalanced cables and connections
– line level vs. instrument level signals and impedance matching
– ground loops and debugging signal path quality issues
– null and A/B testing
– gain stuctures
fundamentals of digital recording
– differences between digital and analog, preserving dynamic range and SNR
– sample rate, bit depth, and dithering
– word clocks and phase issues in multi-track recording
– relative merits of various clocks, soundcards and digital
transmission mediums (Firewire 400/800, USB 2.0/3.0, SPDIF, lightpipe,
Please note, all class fees include a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $25 that will be deducted from your refund if you sign up for, then drop, a class. So, for example, if you sign up for Machine Sewing 101 and pay the $155 class fee, but then remember that you have trapeze school final exams that conflict with the Sewing class and shouldn’t have signed up after all, we will refund you $130 of your tuition payment.