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Raphael Kauffmann



Cornell Note Taking
   A step by step primer on when and how to use your notes for the best outcome.
Cornell Notes Format
An outline of what goes where for your note taking.
Letter of Introduction
Use this outline and model to draft your letters of introduction.
Audio Production I

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Music Theory - Drum Patterns in MIDI Editor
This exercise puts some basic music theory to work by making simple drum beats using the MIDI Editor Window.
The Main Pro Tools Windows
This lecture goes over just about everything in the Edit and Mix windows, the main windows you will use in Pro Tools. This is not an exercise, but the content of it will be quizzed.
Exercise 1 - Hierarchical Folder Structure
It is important to understand the hierarchical folder structure Pro Tools creates for each session. This exercise introduces some Macintosh basics, has you create your own hierarchy of folders and files and turn them in to the Audio Production Share Driv
Exercise 2 - Starting Pro Tools and Making Sound
This exercise will get you started. It walks you through starting a session, choosing session parameters, the session folder structure, creating tracks, adding instruments and recording sound.
Exercise 3 - Importing MIDI File and Adding Sounds
This exercise is designed to remove the anxiety of making your own music and allow you to concentrate on choosing the best sounds available within Pro Tools.
Project 1 - 4 Chords
The goal of this project is to remove the anxiety around writing music. You are being provided four chords that will sound good together in any order you choose to combine them. Everyone will use the same 4 chords. The chord order, instrument sounds, t
Audio I - Syllabus

Exercise 4 - Boom & Pattern Chains
Boom is a virtual drum sequencer. This exercise explains how to clear, create, & copy patterns and have them play back in a session.
Exercise 5 - Inserting Effects
This quick exercise explains how to add plug-in effects like delay, chorus, etc. "in line" using inserts.
Exercise 6 - Automation Lanes
This exercise shows you how to automate velocity, volume and panning using the Edit Window's automation lanes.
Exercise 7 - Automating Plug-In Effects
Not only can you automate volumes and panning, you can also automatically control every parameter on a given plug-in effect. Want your delay to turn on and off when you want? Want the feedback level to change? Automate it.
Exercise 8 - MIDI & Xpand2
Routing MIDI signals gives you flexibility in how you create and manage your tracks. This exercise walks you through using 4 MIDI channels in Xpand to create a 4 track session using one instrument.
Exercise 9 - Determining Tempo using "Tap Tempo" Feature
When trying to figure out the tempo of a pre-recorded audio file, you can use "tap tempo." This exercise walks you through the process.
Exercise 10 - Structure Free & Placing Samples
This document goes over what Structure Free is and what it does. The exercise shows 3 different ways to place samples based on your creative needs.
Exercise 11 - Using Sends and Aux input Tracks
You have used inserted effects on a given track, now use sends and aux tracks to use the same effect on multiple tracks.
Second Semester Final Review
Use these requirements to practice producing a project that will look much like your final exam.
Audio Production II

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Project 1 - Importing MIDI File
This project is pretty straightforward, but will give you the opportunity to simply focus on sounds. Import a MIDI file of a popular song and choose the sounds you think make it work. Finish off by adding a few effects and bounce to disk - there you go.
Adding Plug in Effects - via Insert & Aux sends
This document reviews both what inserts and auxes are and how to set them up.

Assigning Samples to Pads on Axiom & Axiom Air Keyboards
These instructions will lead you through assigning any sample to pads on the keyboard.
Exercise 1 - Printing Audio "Stems" from MIDI
Not every studio is a Pro Tools studio and not every studio has the same virtual instrument plug-ins. If you want to be able to take your tracks somewhere else without having to worry about what DAW the studio runs, printing your tracks is essential.
Exercise 2 - Side Chain Compression

Portfolio Preparation
You will choose 3 projects to present as your second semester portfolio of work. Follow these guidelines to prepare.
Independent Project Expectations (second semester)
These are the general expectations for your second semester independent projects. These expectations are based on best practices, but there is a fair amount of latitude if discussed with me regarding specific project needs.

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This section contains electronic documentation for much of the hardware and software used in this class.

Pro Tools User Guide
This is the manual for Pro Tools 11.
C24 User Guide
This is the manual for the 2 AVID C24 control surfaces in the studios.
AIR Virtual Instruments
This manual explains the virtual instruments (Boom, Xpand, Structure, etc.) that come with Pro Tools.
Piano Chords
Here's diagrams for piano chords. Thanks to Chordify.
Guitar Chords
Here's some guitar chord diagrams. Thanks Chordify.
Ukulele Chords
Here are some Uke chord diagrams. Thanks Chordify.
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