Welcome to my SCC Studio Recording Techniques (MUSM 342) Webpage.
Last updated 5/24/10.
Link to Main Page (has material applicable to both 342, 306, Audio Production)

My email is PankraS@scc.losrios.edu   My VoiceMail is: 916-568-3100 ext. 13234 (I check my email more often).
Office hours: 12-2p Mondays, plus TBA hours around the MUSM 306 concerts during the semester (click here for concert schedule). By appointment only - I'll need to schedule it and figure a location based on what you need to go over (hands-on the gear, homework/text, test results, overall review, etc.).
URL of this page: http://wserver.scc.losrios.edu/~pankras/Recording.html   Course description  SCC Application

Watch for homework, quiz etc. announcements here.


Some of what's on this page:
The textbook
Link to Auditorium (Music, etc Bldg) Map
Class info
Homeworks, Handouts, etc.

Books Online:
Modern Recording Techniques: Author: Huber & Runstein , ISBN: 9780240810690; Edition/Copyright: 7th 2009; Publisher: Focal Press, Inc.; Cover: Paperback
   via bookfinder.com    Overstock.com Shipping: $2.95     Amazon     College Bookstore Online
This text is also available for in-library loan at the Learning Resource Center, but don't depend on that because you can't check it out for the open-book tests...

Attendance and Homework are 40% of your grade! Homework will be corrected and returned, but not graded.
Due dates for homework and take-home quizzes are final - no late work accepted. Work is due at the beginning of class.
If you cannot return an assignment to me at classtimes, you may leave it BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF CLASS in my box in the HFA office (A19).
Occasionally, depending on circumstances, I may allow you to email your work to me; you MUST EMAIL IT BEFORE THE END OF THE CLASS PERIOD in which it is due.

Handouts, homeworks, etc: in appx chronological order. (REF: not required, for further study)
 REF Decibel cross-reference re distances, power, etc.
 REF Inverse-Square Law for Sound
 REF Watts, db's etc.
 REF Inverse-square decibel worksheet
 REF A good description of hearing and the decibel scale
 REF Understanding Harmonics on stringed instruments
 REF Distortion 101
 REF Haas Effect (aka Precedence Effect) at Wikipedia and Rane Glossary
 REF Bass? Midrange? Treble?
  Syllabus v4
  Decibel Exposure Time Guide
  Line level: balanced vs unbalanced: +4 dBu vs -10 dBV or -20bBV; 1.3V vs 0.3V
  Octaves, Harmonics, Wavelengths
  Fletcher-Munson Equal Loudness Curves on 'All Church Sound' site.
  Freq's, Staves, and Piano graph
  Connectors handout
  Webpage access, email, hearing protection-
  Homework on Chapter 1
  Homework on Chapter 2
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 REF Ribbon Microphones and Phantom Power: "Harmed or even destroyed"
 REF Some good graphics and explanations of Mic types
 REF EV RE20 dynamic mic (also known as PL20 - little proximity effect due to Variable-D design)
 REF How do VU and dB meters differ?
  3Ds of Mic patterns
  Balanced vs unbalanced Audio
  Countryman Type 85 active direct box (DI) documentation
  Shure Beta 58A dynamic mic (vocals) webpage and user guide
  Homework on Chapter 4
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  Movie of Over-Under cable wrapping technique
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 REF How do VU and dB meters differ?
 REF Patch Bays w half-normal, full-normal: info at Sweetwater.com
  Patch Bays w half-normal, full-normal: graphics with explanatory text here
  Homework on Chapter 13
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 REF Further info on effects
 REF Q: Quality factor. The selectivity factor: the ratio of the center frequency f divided by the bandwidth BW (upper freq - lower freq at 3db down from peak value).
 REF Q vs Bandwidth Calculator
 REF Notes on Pink and White Noise
 REF Ringing out monitors (getting rid of feedback)
  Moulton Labs: Good explanation of phase cancellation/comb filtering
  EQ Article w Vocal and Instrument Freqs
  Homework on Chapter 14
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 REF Decimal/Binary/Hex Calculator
  Dithering:
 REF  Digital Audio and Wikipedia
  Dithering:
   at PC Recording
  Homework on Chapters 6 & 7
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 REF Amplifier Classes (general info - lots o' tech)
 REF  Power amp anatomy (lots o' tech)
 REF Amplifier damping factor explanation Marantz and Wikipedia
 REF Definition for Intermodulation Distortion (IMD) at Sweetwater
 REF Speaker wire on Wikipedia
  Hafler Pro6000 amp
  AWG Wire Resistance
  Amplifier output hookups (stereo, bridged)
  Homework on Chapter 12 and Hafler amp
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 REF Intermodulation (distortion): Why tubes and tape sound "better"
 REF Definitions for Intermodulation Distortion (IMD): On Wikipedia and Sweetwater
 REF dbx DriveRack Studio Cut sheet
  Speaker Combination Impedances
  Series vs parallel
  Crossover basics Page 1 Page 2 Page 3
  Homework on Chapter 16
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 REF Tape Recorder Alignment
  Analog Tape Path
  Homework on Chapters 5 & 15
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  Homework on Chapter 20
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 REF Rane Sound System Interconnection Note 110 (re ground loops, etc.)
 REF Acoustic Treatment and Design for Recording Studios and Listening Rooms
 REF DiY Acoustics Cheap bass traps
  Recording Studio Room Acoustics and Helmholtz Resonators
  Helmholtz resonators, etc
  Ground loops (hum, noise)
  Furman PL-Plus Power Conditioner
  Homework on Chapter 3
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Some of these are Word and Excel docs I created, others are links to online Acrobat pdf's, gifs, jpegs, or html, etc websites. If you have any difficulties with the Excel or Word docs, please let me know. (IE opens them OK on my Win system, which doesn't have Excel on it)

Manuals, data sheets for SCC Studio Gear
Manuals, data sheets for SCC Live Sound Gear

Map of the SCC Auditorium (Music) Bldg (it's a maze)

MUSM 342 is the prerequisite for MUSM 344, the 2nd Recording Studio Techniques class.

Please let me know if any links don't work or have died. I run a linkchecker regularly, but some websites seem to get 'redecorated' constantly...

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