Making music, publishing podcasts, and creating other digital audio productions is more accessible then ever before. With various flexible software products, audio production for the amateur sound enthusiast is as easy is the click of a mouse button. Come to a workshop offered at the Odegaard Library Sound Studio or check out some of the online curriculum to learn more about working with digital audio.
Sound Studio Overview
This workshop covers the basic functionality of the Odegaard Sound Studio. It provides a basic introduction to both the hardware and software available in the studio. It also covers reservation/checkout procedures as well as studio etiquette and respectful studio practices. Students can expect to come out of this class with a functional understanding of the Sound Studio and an introduction to different production practices and techniques.
Digital Audio Recording/Production
This workshop introduces participants to the tools and techniques involved in recording and producing audio. It covers a wide range of techniques integral to the production of music, dialog, sound effects, and podcasts, tailored to individual students’ needs. Students can expect to come out of the class with an understanding, both conceptual and practical, of the recording/production process.
This workshop introduces participants to the fundamental conceptual and practical components of the beatmaking process. They focus on the tools and techniques involved, with a particular focus on the 3 S’s of beatmaking: sampling, sequencing, and synthesis. Students can expect to come out of the class with an understanding of how to make their own beats as well as an ability to critically listen to and analyze contemporary beat-based music.
Digital Audio Effects
This workshop introduces participants to a wide array of digital audio effects. The workshop covers effects that are present across a wide range of platforms and software. Effects include, but are not limited to: reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, compressor, limiter, gate, filter, and equalizer. Students can expect to come out of this class with a better understanding of the digital audio signal chain as well as a more concrete understanding of what each effect does and how it can be used.
This workshop introduces participants to digital audio synthesis. It covers a wide range of synthesis techniques and their applications. Also covered are synthesizer signal chains, envelopes, and modulation routing. Students can expect to come out of the class with an understanding of the fundamental principles of synthesis, practical applications of those principles, and a better understanding of how to listen to and analyze synthesized sounds.
Software Specific Workshops
These workshops cover the use of a specific Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) available for use in the Odegaard Library Sound Studio. Recommended is a prior understanding of the basics of digital audio manipulation and/or music creation. Availability of these workshops will be based on expressed interest by participants.