Courses in Music Recording Technology

MRT 177. The Recording Industry. So you want to be a recording engineer? This class will help you decide. We'll show you the big picture of the industry while offering insights into various career opportunities. You'll also learn what it takes to be an assistant engineer in the studio, observing and helping with recording sessions throughout the semester.  1 credit.

MRT 277. Recording Engineering I. The only way to learn engineering and studio production is to dive in and see how it works. You'll engineer tracking and mixing projects as you learn the fundamentals of recording systems - concepts and techniques of console operation, signal flow, session procedures, and signal processors.  Prerequisite: PHY 102 or permission. 3 credits.

MRT 278. Recording Engineering II. This semester we dig deeper and work on more complex console operations and studio production techniques. You'll learn more about microphone design and technique, signal processing, and audio theory. Got ears? You'll continue developing critical listening skills that are crucial for audio engineers.  Prerequisite: MRT 277. 3 credits.

MRT 373. Electronic Music. This course is an exploration of electronic music. Subjects covered include: the appreciation and knowledge of electronic music pioneers, MIDI composition, MIDI theory, sound design, synthesis, sampling, sound for video, and studio production integration. Primary software taught is Avid Pro Tools  Corequisite: MRT 374. Prerequisite: MRT 278. 3 credits.

MRT 374. Digital Audio. This course is an exploration of digital audio technologies. Subjects covered include: audio in the digital domain, digital theory, recording applications, audio editing, mixing, and an appreciation of pioneers in digital audio production. Primary software taught is Avid Pro Tools  Corequisite: MRT 373. Prerequisites: MRT 278. 3 credits.

MRT 377. Mastering Audio. A mastering engineer takes a completed mix project and tweaks it to perfection using very sophisticated signal processing and a highly developed critical ear. Learn the techniques from a professional mastering engineer who will guide you through the process of learning how to apply the tools while developing your listening skills.  Prerequisite: MRT 278. 3 credits.

MRT 379. Tonmeister Recording. How do you record an orchestra, or choral ensemble, or string quartet? The Tonmeister approach emphasizes engineering and musical skills by considering room acoustics, musical genres, microphone technique, and methods for on-location recording in order to effectively capture an acoustic performance in a concert hall.  Prerequisite: MRT 278. 1 credit.

MRT 400. Internship. All MRT majors complete an internship with a company focused in the audio/recording industry. Internships can be taken after completing all junior level class requirements. Internships are offered the senior spring semester or the summer before the senior year. If all coursework is completed, a 12-credit, full-time internship can be pursued, allowing students to relocate for the term.  May be repeated for credit (up to 12 credits of internship may be counted toward the degree). Prerequisites: All junior level MRT degree classes, and approval of the internship director and advisor. 3-12 credits.

MRT 473. Architectural Acoustics. Audio recording is not possible without an appropriate acoustic environment. We'll investigate the various issues and options involved whether you're improving an existing space or planning new construction. You'll learn how to diagnose the acoustics of a room and design solutions - and we'll start by looking at our own buildings around campus. The final project is a complete design for a studio facility you just might build someday.  Prerequisite: MRT 373 and 374, or by permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

MRT 474. Music Production Seminar. In this capstone course you will apply everything you've learned to produce a quality recording for an off-campus "client". You'll wear the hats of producer and chief engineer as you learn new techniques, refine the ones you already know, and deal with issues such as musicality, client relations, engineering, organization, and time constraints. Guided by a professional engineer with extensive experience, this course allows you to pull out all the stops to see what you can do.  Prerequisite: MRT 373 and 374, or permission of the instructor. 3 credits.

MRT 475. Musical Frontiers. An exploration of the sonic fringes of music. Subjects covered include electronic music history, theory, circuit bending, non-traditional instrumentation, avant-garde composition and performance. Works ranging from composers Stockhausen to Yoko Ono will be analyzed. An ensemble will be created culminating with a capstone live performance of the created works.  Prerequisites: MRT 373 and 374, or permission of instructor. An interview/audition is required. 3 credits.