PRO TOOLS & AUDIO COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
PT101 Intro to Pro Tools (9.0)
Students receive additional detailed information regarding upcoming classes and events. Students are instructed to bring their workbooks to class; progress will be reviewed and questions answered. The first of many discussions regarding career success and job readiness will include debunking myths commonly held by candidates seeking jobs in the entertainment industry, and steps recommended to improve workplace competency and networking skills. Prerequisite: None
PT110 Essentials of Pro Tools (9.0)
This Avid-certified course builds on the PT101 Intro to Pro Tools course.Topics introduced in PT101 receive expanded attention, with instructor demos and student exercises. Prerequisite: PT 101
PT111 Intro To Pro Tools Plug-ins and Effects
This class covers the uses and techniques of basic plug-ins. Day one will focus on primary plug-ins like EQs, compressors, gates,and dynamics.Day two will focus on effects like reverb, delay, and chorus. Prerequisite: PT 101
PT115 Intro to Audio Engineering Tools & Workflow
This course investigates the world of Audio Engineering from both technical and creative perspectives, with a particular focus on work flow.Topics include analog audio,digital audio, sample rate, bit rate, Nyquist Theorem, level setting and measuring, connectors (RCA, 1/4, XLR, balanced, unbalanced), digital audio (AES/EBU, SPDIF, TDIF, ADAT, optical), microphone basics, headroom, sends, returns, inserts, EQ, compression, limiting, and dither. Further discussion covers the use and interconnection of the devices we commonly use in post production;mixers, what they do, and how to use them correctly.Various video tape recorders are also discussed, along with set-up and menu options. Prerequisite:None
PT120 Recording Studio Operations & Setups Pt 1
This course is an introduction to sound and recording principals, as well as studio operations and analog equipment use within Video Symphony studios. Subjects covered include studio etiquette, microphones, analog outboard equipment, console basics, equalizers, compressors, general acoustics, isolation theories, studio construction principals, studio acoustic treatments, proximity effects, speaker and headphone monitoring, patchbay and patching, signal flow, gain structure, talkback setups, cables, connectors and Pro Tools hardware.
PT121 Recording Studio Operations & Setups Pt 2
This course reviews the subjects covered in PT 120, with an emphasis on patching and recording setups. A test is given for a basic recording session setup, and after passing this test students are allowed to engineer basic recording sessions within Studio D.
PT140 Post Production Sound
An in-depth examination of the post production sound process, aesthetically and technically. Coverage includes film clip examples and scripting from a sound point-of-view. Prerequisite:None
PT201 Intermediate Pro Tools Production (9.0)
This Avid-Certified class focuses on a foundation of skills needed to competently operate a Pro Tools TDM system in a professional environment. Topics include signal routing and voice allocation, session management concepts,edit tool options and techniques, session navigation and control, making use of sends and aux inputs, plug-in usage, Pro Tools automation modes, practices, and techniques, control surfaces, final mix-down and playback, including use of dither, I/O setup and multichannel configuration.
PT210M Music Production Techniques (9.0)
This Avid-certified course reinforces and expands upon PT 201 concepts and skills,with a music emphasis and musicspecific examples. Topics include advanced music editing, including Beat Detective manipulation; MIDI tools and techniques, including software synths and sampler integration via Direct Connect, RTAS, HTDM, and TDM technologies; advanced mixing, including proper use of sends, inserts, mix buses,and groups for music applications;
control surfaces for music applications; synchronization basics for music applications; introduction to surround sound for music. Completion of this course qualifies a student to sit for a Avid Pro Tools Operator Certificate. Certification test included. Prerequisite: PT 201
PT210P Post Production Techniques (9.0)
This Avid-certified course reinforces and expands upon PT 201 concepts and skills, with a post production emphasis and post-specific examples. Topics include advanced file formats, including OMF translation;import/export,and batch processing; advanced post editing, including source/destination editing, advanced editing tools, fixed-head playback techniques, and editing of automation data to picture; advanced mixing, groups, stems, sub mixes with advanced automation modes and additional time devoted to surround sound; synchronization, including machine control,multiple decks,offsets; digital picture integration with an emphasis on AVoptionXL and working with Avid media;control surfaces for post applications; surround sound for post. Completion of this course qualifies a student to sit for a Avid Pro Tools Operator Certificate. Certification test included.Prerequisite:PT 201
PT211 Pro Tools Music Studio Session
Students are involved in challenging real world projects in this course. Under the supervision of the instructor/producer, students establish relevant workflows while applying key features of the Pro Tools editing and mixing environment. The workshop emphasizes the ability to execute and deliver one or more projects under the constraint of deadlines and in accordance with client changes and specifications. Each student is given a multitrack session, and will create and organize the editing/mixing environment; employ basic editing techniques to clean up the tracks; and execute a mix according to the instructor/producers notes and comments. Students will deliver the project(s) on an audio CD and backup session data in a method suitable for archiving.
PT212 Vintage Analog Equipment, Plug-ins and Applications
This course explores the origins, history, application and sonic analyses of vintage and classic analog equipment; including tube, solid-state, IC and hybrid designs, outboard gear (mic preamps, equalizers, compressors, reverbs and more), and recording consoles. Recommended applications and settings are provided for the use of vintage Analog equipment as well as their plug-in counterparts for general audio production. This course includes a mastering shootout between different analog and digital processing setups.
PT219 Strategic Sound Design
How can a Pro Tools Editor effectively use sound editing and mixing tools to support content and deliver impact? This class explores the origins of sound
(production, library, Foley, ADR, etc.) and how to determine the right source for the scene. Hands on training focuses on the use of plug-ins, multi-track layering, and mixing to attain the most appropriate effect. These are practically applied to develop rhythm, emotion and story elements in the scenes. Prerequisite: PT 201
PT220 Music Recording & Production
Students learn and practice intermediate audio recording with a focus on microphones,mic preamplifiers,compressors, and all the tools related to music recording and production. Students will participate in choosing an unsigned band and will record a long form music project, during which time they rotate through different engineering functions, from first engineer to producer, assistant and runner.While not engineering they observe and listen.The recording involves basic tracks and overdubs,including vocals and solo performances. This is a workshop class. Prerequisite: PT 121, PT 201
PT222 Intro to 5.1 Surround Sound Mixing
This course is an introduction to the aesthetics and techniques for surround sound mixing for film, music and video games. Covered topics include stereo through 7.1 formats, speaker placements, home theater playback issues, bass management, proper LFE management, subwoofer issues, surround panners, creating the surround effect, plug-ins and applications, downmix concepts, and surround mastering. Students create 5.1 mixes with sub groups, including mastering processing, outputting to stem and master mix tracks.
PT225 Editing Sound Effects
This course walks students through the sound effects editing process.This is a hands-on class wherein students implement their PT 210P course level skills to complete effects editorial for a scene in a film. Topics include directors screenings, session setup, importing digital video, cutting and layering effects, theories of effects recording, and delivery requirements for the dubbing stage. Completion of this course will give students the necessary language and skills to complete effects editorial for film. It provides them with a strong edge for those seeking employment in sound editorial. Prerequisite: PT 210P
PT235 Editing Backgrounds
This course focuses on creating atmosphere, space, fill, presence, and ambiance that will support the dialogue and set the mood of the film.This is a hands-on class where students will implement their PT 210P course level skills to complete background editorial for a scene in a film. Topics include directors screening, session setup, importing digital video, cutting and layering backgrounds,the
professionalstricks for cutting quickly, transitioning scenes flawlessly, and delivery requirements for the dubbing stage. Prerequisite: PT 210P
PT240 Television & Foley Production Techniques
Digital and analog set-ups and Recording techniques for ADR and Foley are covered in this course in preparation for PT 245
PT245 Foley Editing & Delivery (2010)
In this course, students will be exposed to the art of Foley and what it means. Programming and editing Foley are two distinct steps towards creating sounds in a film project. Students will learn and understand how Foley is applied towards projects, pre-dubs and the Final dub in a Pro-Tools environment.Prerequisite: PT 210P
PT265 Dialogue and ADR Editing
The goal of this course is to not only learn dialogue and ADR editing, but to balance between ADR, production, and production alts. Topics include loading production tracks, rebuilding and phasing to the Picture Editors tracks, reading a line script, reading sound reports, loading original production tracks, auto conforming, importing OMFs, building production tracks, smoothing ambiance and vocal quality between cuts, reasons for ADR, ADR spotting, ADR recording, working with the director and actor, editing ADR seamlessly with dialogue, prepping your session for MIX, and prepping tracks for a foreign or non-English version. Prerequisite: PT 210P
PT280 Voice Over Recording & Production
This 20-hour course provides instruction for voiceover production and recording, and is where students record the voiceovers needed for their various work projects.Instruction includes selecting voiceover talent; VO direction and recording techniques; studio session etiquette, practices and tips; voiceover assembly and advanced edit techniques, including performance and timing; processing, including equalization, compression, limiting, noise gates, de-essers and more; technical solutions for sibilance, popping and room tone issues; and concludes with final levels and preparation for mixdown. Prerequisite: PT 212
PT291 Conforming and Synthesis with Pro Tools
This is the final course in the Digidesign Pro Tools for Film series. In this three- day course students learn to conform their sessions to new picture, utilizing both change notes and phase locking of guide tracks. The synthesis section is where all of the elements from previous editing for film courses are brought together into a master session for the final mix. Students present their previously edited material to the re-recording mixer and hear how elements work in a final mix environment.
PT310P Advanced Post Production Techniques (9.0)
The prime goals of this Avid-certified course are to develop speed, efficiency and flexibility in a deadline-driven post production environment. Exercises in TV and film production are designed to prepare students to work in realworld situations. Topics include Advanced Post Editing II (speed techniques for dialog, music and effects), Advanced Mixing II (surround sound, multiple simultaneous mixes, and down-mixing), troubleshooting, and collaboration options. Avid Pro Tools Expert Certification test is included. Prerequisite: PT 210P
PT319 Implementing Sound Design
This course explores the recording, assembly, processing, mixing of sound design for environments an. Sonic orchestration, including frequency response, dynamic range, applying effects, time placements, and general audio management to achieve the desired mix projection of an element within the entire mix is also covered. Students begin creating sound design within a video game project.
PT320 Field & Film Recording
This course provides instruction for general field recording as well as film remote and production audio recording.Students also record audio in the field for their PT 337 (Soundscape Production) project. Prerequisite: PT 121, PT 220
PT321 Stereo & Surround Digital Mixing Techniques
This course offers advanced mixing techniques for stereo and surround sound mixing. General techniques covered include mix philosophies, equalizer and dynamic control techniques, staging and focusing sound within the mix, monitor levels, orchestrating frequencies, mastering within the mix, converting stereo mixes to surround, surround side and rear channel concerns, surround reverb concepts, down-mixing, safer surround mixing techniques, and specifics related to stereo mixing.
PT322 5.1 Surround Digital Music Mixing
This course offers instruction on techniques for surround sound music (only) mixing. Utilizing what was established in PT 321, course instruction focuses on the history of music mixes, the different philosophies involved, working in surround with artists, and concepts for expanding the song arrangement and mix concept of a stereo mix to surround.
PT331 Noise Reduction Techniques
This course looks at the how noise may be interpreted by the listener within different audio applications, mixes and production settings, and how to apply various editing, mixing and noise reduction techniques to correct or reduce these problems. It also deals with potential noise reduction artifacts, as well as corrective makeup equalization and level matching.
PT333 Spotting Music
This course provides knowledge and techniques for placing music within productions. Instruction includes musical and key-based interactions, staging, sonic orchestrations, adaptive music techniques, recreating and correcting music-related rough cuts, and licensing issues. Students create video game loops and explore the concerns of non-linear music loop interactions.
PT335 Advanced Audio & Music Editing
This course teaches advanced editing techniques primarily concerning music, with some backgrounds; including general edits, extensions and loop creations. Exploration of the art of creating a musical edit is taken from both production and mix viewpoints by detailing the cause and effect of what makes a good edit, understanding the composition and mix setups in play, when edits simply wont work, seeing edits in advance, and creative solutions.
PT339 Creating Video Game Audio Assets
This 8-hour course offers instruction for creating audio files for video game production; including fades and cross fades, bandwidth and system requirement considerations, adaptive music and backgrounds, building variability, creating surround through stereo, 3 channel and quad files, file management, and creating interactive elements versus the mix. Students create mastered sound design audio files for a video game project.
PT340 CD, Vinyl, Stereo Download & Surround Mastering Techniques
This course provides the history and related techniques, principals and industry practices for CD, vinyl, and general digital stereo and stereo download mastering, as well as surround sound mastering techniques, and mastering within the mix.
PT350 Demo Reel
Students create projects for their reels, with Instructor supervision and extensive lab time.