Recording Engineering A.A.S. Degree

CAC Recording Studio BRecording Engineering A.A.S. Degree

Program Description:
The Recording Engineering A.A.S. degree prepares individuals for entry-level positions in the entertainment industry by providing an opportunity to gain a broad knowledge of building a home recording studio or working in a professional multi-track recording studio. Skills include recording, production, editing and arranging, mixing and mastering various types of audio recordings. Students will learn about microphones, proper microphone techniques and be able to produce and engineer commercial-quality records after completing this program.

Employment Opportunities:

Recording Engineer, Assistant Recording Engineer, Mixing Engineer, Mastering Engineer, Studio Technician, Sound Designer 

CAC Recording Studio A (48-Track D-Control)

CAC houses 3 professional world-class recording studios composed of the industry's most coveted control surfaces, preamps, channel strips, effects processors, microphones, and studio instruments, some of which rival some of the largest and most esteemed recording studios in L.A., Nashville, and New York.

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 Based on Avid Pro Tools HD, students learn the basics of Digital Audio Workstations (D.A.W.) in a 20-workstation Mac Pro Lab where each student works at a Mac Pro computer before advancing into one of three recording studios, each custom designed to provide students with hands-on exposure to real world equipment for practical recording applications. Student also will intern at professional recording studios for the experience of real-world applications.

Students can take advantage of FREE STUDIO TIME to work on assignments and personal recording projects!

(Subject to studio availability)

Semester Hours:

67.5 credits


Fall Semester I                                                             Prerequisites
EIT 100 - History of Rock & Roll                                    RDG094
EIT 101 - Introduction To Entertainment                      RDG094
EIT 151 - Digital Audio Workstation                               None
BUS 101 or MAT 101 or Above                                      MAT086 & MAT092
MTC 100 - Fundamentals of Music                                 None
MTC 101 - Aural Fundamentals                                     None

Spring Semester II                                                       Prerequisites
CIS 120 – Survey of Computer Information Services     RDG094
EIT 120 - Entertainment Law                                       EIT101
EIT 130 – Live Audio Production I                                 EIT101
EIT 153 - Recording Engineering I                                 EIT151
COM 100 - Fundamentals of Human Communication     RDG094
Physical Education                                                        None

Summer Term                                                              Prerequisites
ENG101 - English Composition I                                    RDG094
PSY101 - Introduction to Psychology                             RDG094

Fall Semester III                                                          Prerequisites
EIT 221 - Entertainment Marketing & Promotion           EIT120
EIT 254 - Recording Engineering II                               EIT153
BUS 122 - Small Business Management                        RDG094
CBA210 - Web Development Tools                                CIS120     
EIT 296 - Entertainment Internship                             Approval of Coordinator

Spring Semester IV                                                      Prerequisites
EIT 232 - Equipment Maintenance                                None
EIT 231 – Live Audio Production II                                EIT130
EIT 255 - Recording Engineering III                              EIT254
EIT 203 - Entertainment Capstone Project                    Approval of Coordinator
Physical and Biological Science - 100 Level or Higher     RDG094

Other Requirements:
• Reading Competency: RDG 094 College Reading
• Cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Minimum of 20 credits completed at CAC

1. Differentiate between the prominent rock styles from 1950 to present.
2. Describe, define, and compare careers in the music industry including specialization tracks and job titles. 
3. Explain contract law pertaining to the entertainment industry.
4. Conduct basic sound reinforcement tasks for a variety of events.
5. Create a recording project using Pro-Tools.
6. Produce a recording by applying recording console signal flow within the three aspects of multi-track recording: tracking, overdubbing, and mix-down.
7. Assess an internship experience in relation to previous course work, completed contract(s), and future employment opportunities.
8. Present a completed project to the faculty advisor, committee, and/or public forum for evaluation as appropriate, in accordance with established methodology, rubric(s), and guidelines.
9. Develop a self-promotion package.
10. Operate a variety of live audio source equipment including: sound mixers, equalization,
amplifiers, speakers, monitors and various processing equipment.
11. Determine problems and solutions in professional live audio and stage lighting systems.
12. Demonstrate multi-track recording for a variety of situations using appropriate procedures.
13.  Engineer a recording session from recording through post production to include: 
 a) laying down basic tracks
 b) overdubbing further instrumentation
 c) mixing with appropriate effects
 d) digital editing techniques
 e) music editing

14. Apply classroom instruction in the Entertainment Industry Technology program to a practical work experience situation.
15. Prepare a business plan and explain the plan’s importance.
16. Produce web pages that attract and retain users.
17. Sightsing a simple melody.
18. Demonstrate how the basic properties of time and sound relate to music.


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