Using Visual Models and Sound to Enhance Teaching of Audio Basics
E-Textbook Internet for the Music Business
Course Development and Management Database
The goal of this project is to design and create a curriculum development and management tool using a database structure, with a focus on practical use in the Recording Industry program.
The goal of this grant was to create a structure of course development and subsequent management through the use of a database. The thinking here was that in general when a course is managed, all the documentation and media exist as individual documents in a variety of formats and often reside in scattered places. It takes time and effort to keep track of all this which might largely be eliminated through better centralized organization.
A database offers a number of characteristics that make it useful for course development and management. First is the fact that current day databases are capable of holding all course information and most course media in a single location, a computer file. That file can be backed up, distributed, served. In short it has all the flexibility available to any computer document. Second, it is infinitely configurable, allowing for information input/display/output in exactly the way best suited for the course at hand. Third, outdated information can be prevented by having a single set of records that update, rather than individual documents which, although outdated, continue to require a management scheme. Fourth, it's configuration is virtual and alterable at any time, meaning that the organizational structure itself can be constantly improved.
To the process of development. The first (and most important) was defining which elements of the course could be included and what would be the best way to organize them. The reason this is so important is that it determines what the instructor will keep track of and how the instructor will interface with the information. Again, since the database is always completely configurable, it is not urgently necessary to get this perfectly right at the beginning. As time goes on, both the information and the way it's interfaced can be improved as more knowledge is gained. In this case I started simple, creating a database unique key field around the class meeting date and moving out from that.
A variety of field types and layouts were created from that point to try to devise a useful and easy interface for various class/course situations. Some examples include a document the instructor can reference during class time which indicates major topics to be addressed and details of that topic, as well as a place to enter data either after or even during class regarding which material actually did get covered and to what extent. This allows the instructor to not have to remember "did I get to this last time?" for example. Another example was an auto-generating document to give to students which tells them all their reading, project, presentation, etc. assignments over the course of the semester.
By the time the project was completed, it got to go through a beta test as a fully-functioning course management document for my RIM 4300, Digital Audio Workstation Theory and Techniques. While certainly improvements can be made (and indeed the potential for constant improvement is built into the very concept of course management this way), it performed superbly as a course development and management tool. <p> Online integration would be a logical and powerful next step
Course Development and Management Database
This project will incorporate the skills of DVD authoring into the Mastering course currently being offered as RIM 4810: Special Topics in Recording Industry. This course has been taught twice in the past year and it was very successful. The course is currently being proposed as a regularly offered recording industry elective to be offered 3 times a year. Mastering is the process of sweetening audio and authoring the proper CD format for duplication. Our department currently has the technology to also create 5.1 surround audio files, which are normally distributed on DVD. I would like to incorporate DVD authoring as part of this course in order to teach both stereo and surround format mastering. The current trend in the recording industry at mastering houses is to expand by adding the services of DVD authoring for audio and video. Therefore these skills would be very desirable for students wishing to enter the profession of mastering.
I want to thank everyone for the release time granted to me during the Spring 2003 semester funded by the Instructional Technology Development Grant. It was just the time I needed to explore DVD Authoring and develop the materials needed to teach this new skill and technology in my RIM 4810: Topics in Recording Industry class on Mastering.
Mastering is the last stage of audio production where final sweetening of the audio is done and the proper formatting for CD duplication is put together. This includes placing the songs in the proper order with proper spacing and creating the computer code that's placed on the CD which tells computers and CD players that this is an audio CD. Because of the similarity in manufacturing, DVD authoring has become a service now offered by many audio mastering houses. It is for this reason that I wanted to include this topic in the mastering class. Because the Macintosh computer is utilized quite a bit in the Recording Industry department, I chose to use the Apple DVD Studio Pro v.1.5 software for this project. After reading many reviews, this platform seemed to be very user friendly, but still offered the complex tasks of utilizing AC3 encoding for surround sound. Many of the simpler software programs only allow stereo audio and are designed for DVD creation for home use. I had to find an easy-to-use software program that allowed the authoring of professional surround sound formats. The next step was learning to use the program myself. Apple provides a very helpful tutorial with the program which introduces you to the work surface and teaches you how to author a couple different of menus and add sound. However, the online manual, which is all you get with the program, is very limited in description of how to do other types of menus and slideshow that are now demonstrated in the tutorial. It appears that a third party book such as, nDVD Studio Pro 1.5 for Macintosh nVisual Quick Pro Guide, by Martin Sitter or Macworld DVD Studio Pro Bible, by Todd Kelsy, would be more useful and I will try to utilize one of these in the course in the future. Because the online manual had limited information, I developed an assignment which used many of the skills taught in the tutorial and I required the students to do the tutorial before beginning the assignment.
Utilizing Multimedia and the WWW to Teach RIM/RATV 458 and RIM/MUSI 419
Douglas S. Mitchell
Mitchell is producing multimedia and Web page presentations in order to more effectively teach Disk-Based Audio Post Production. Graphics and aural media will be incorporated into multimedia presentations and aspects of these presentations will be converted into World Wide Web pages
First check out my home page available: http://www.mtsu.edu/~dsmitche/
Alternatively you can go directly to each of the course pages: http://www.mtsu.edu/~dsmitche/rim419/
Principles and Practices of Electronic Music: http://www.mtsu.edu/~dsmitche/rim440/
Techniques of Recording: http://www.mtsu.edu/~dsmitche/rim458/
Disc-Based Audio Post Production: and http://www.mtsu.edu/~dsmitche/rim460/
Electronic Multimedia Production. I would appreciate any feedback you can give me on the pages. The experiences I have had both with on-line course supplements and in-class course web-based media with my classes thus far has been very positive. By the way, although I have completed the original intentions of the research grant, I find that I am constantly updating and adding to these web pages in order to make them work better for classes and to make them more useful for my students. They have provided me with good information and feedback on what they would like to see on them as well. I'll close this brief report with a recent email message I received from a graduate of our program.