Spring 2025

Key Concepts in Studio Production

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-115


Ravi Krishnaswami (Section 01)


This hands-on course offers students an introduction to key concepts of realizing music in the studio. Topics include: analog and digital workflows, microphone types, acoustics, digital editing, mixing, mastering, MIDI orchestration, sampling, and studio monitoring and routing. Digital audio workstations (colloquially abbreviated as “DAWs”) such as Garageband, Logic Pro, ProTools, and Ableton, are arguably the most ubiquitous tools used for creating music. Students will complete a series of creative assignments that will explore timbre, structure, density, and other aesthetic aspects of capturing music in the DAW. Listening and reading assignments will cover key cultural moments and practices that have been linked to specific technologies. Collaborative projects and peer review will push students to consider how to record styles of music outside of their own personal interests.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Collaborative projects and peer review; listening and reading assignments.

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