Feb 29, 2024  
2011-2013 Catalog-EXPIRED 

Recording Technology, A.M.

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GRCC is a Digidesign sponsored school and we incorporate Digidesign hardware and software plus Digidesign’s official 100-level courseware into our recording technology program.

Suggested GRCC Program:

Associate in Music with an emphasis in Recording Technology

Like all music majors, those students who have selected an emphasis in recording technology must complete courses in music theory, aural comprehension, applied music, performance class, piano, and major ensembles. All students who are interested in pursuing the recording technology curriculum must first take a music theory pretest/piano placement test, and meet with the head of the music department. If deficiencies in music theory and/or piano are identified, the student must first pass MUS 112 - Basic Music Theory  and MUS 120 - Introduction to Piano  prior to being placed on a waiting list for Recording Studio classes. Student with no prior music experience may be required to enroll in MUS 99 - Music Basics Immersion  prior to enrolling in MUS 112  and MUS 120 .

Recording Technology students must also complete courses in recording technology and MIDI sequencing. The four-semester course sequence in Recording Technology begins with Basic Studio Recording Techniques 1 and 2 (MUS 173  and MUS 174 , respectively). These courses will provide the student with the fundamentals of the recording arts, including basic audio signal processing, acoustics theory, digital audio workstation operation, analog and digital recording console operation, microphone design and technique, and multitrack audio production and mixing. The sequence continues with Advanced Recording Studio Techniques 1 and 2 (MUS 273 /MUS 274  and MUS 275 /MUS 276  respectively). These are private instruction and lab classes that provide the student with an in depth examination of the principles and applications of digital audio in today’s recording and interactive media industries. The private instruction allows students and recording faculty to focus on specific areas of interest to the advanced recording student. Students in the second year of recording classes also progress toward completing the Pro Tools 101 and 110 course requirements as they work toward Pro Tools certification.

In MUS 271 - Basic MIDI Sequencing  and MUS 272 - Advanced MIDI Sequencing , students will develop a good basic working knowledge of MIDI hardware and software. MUS 271  students use several sequencing applications to sequence, edit and automate final mixes by sequencing various musical styles. MUS 272  continues to establish more advanced sequencing and mixing skills by focusing on transposition, advanced quantization, audio recording, MIDI editing, looping, controller manipulation, plug-in use and automated mixdown.

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Third Year

Total Credits: 68

The Music Department at GRCC understands that many students interested in recording technology are also interested in the business aspect of managing their own recording studio or producing records. Because of this, we recognize the importance for some of pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Management degree offered at Ferris State University. While the two degrees are quite different, it is the combination of skills in both music and business that could allow the student to become marketable in the music industry. It is strongly recommended that students who are considering entering the Ferris State University program contact the director of the FSU Music program as soon as possible.

E-mail: cronkd@ferris.edu; Phone: (231) 591-3053

GRCC is a Digidesign sponsored school and we incorporate Digidesign hardware and software plus Digidesign’s official 100-level courseware into our recording technology program.

Transfer Opportunities:

The Transfer Guide for many bachelor’s degree majors offered at Michigan colleges and universities is available at the Counseling and Career Center and online at www.grcc.edu.

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