Final Multimedia Project

The "Ins and Outs" of the School of Music Recording Studio



I teach a series of audio recording courses at the University of South Carolina School of Music. The first of these courses, MUSC 365, is Introduction to Audio Recording. Since this is an introductory course with no prerequisites, the entering students have a wide range of previous experience with audio equipment - some have had no experience at all. One of the biggest hurdles they face is being able to come up to speed on the equipment in the School's recording studio.

The course content examines all the major components of a typical signal chain - microphones, patching, consoles, and digital audio workstations - but this is spread throughout the semester. To solidify their learning about microphones, for example, students need to be able to record those microphones, before they can be expected to know how to use a console or workstation.

The purpose of this video is to guide the students how to successfully connect and record a microphone through a typical signal chain. It will provide both initial training and persist as material for them to refer back to in times of confusion or difficulty. My hope is that this resource will greatly reduce student frustration with technology, reduce instructor tech-support, and enhance learning.