Music and Technology: Recording Techniques and Audio Production

Closeup photo of slides and dials on an audio mixing console.

Audio mixing can be done on a physical console (above), or, increasingly, on a digital audio workstation that emulates the physical mixer along with many other "old-school" tools. (Public domain image.)


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Fall 2016



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This course is an introduction to music recording and audio production from both a practical and a theoretical perspective. Learn about the physical nature and human perception of sound, how it is transformed to and from electrical signals by means of microphones and loudspeakers, and how it can be creatively modeled through mixing consoles, signal processors, and digital audio workstations. The course covers making informed choices about microphone selection and positioning, and various editing, mixing, and mastering techniques.

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Florian Hollerweger. 21M.380 Music and Technology: Recording Techniques and Audio Production. Fall 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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