Audio Recording & Editing Techniques for the Music Educator

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Audio Recording &
Editing Techniques
for the Music Educator

 June 7August 1, 2021

Students in this course will learn concepts and techniques related to audio engineering, including theory and application of microphone type and placement, basic synthesizer programming techniques, how to run a recording session, and the editing of captured source material.

This course is a project-based workshop, students will seek out musicians to record and present their artist's work in a complimentary and viable way. Students should have prerequisite familiarity with a current pro-level DAW (ProTools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, etc.), access to an audio interface with at least two inputs (though eight or more are recommended), and access to at least one dynamic and one condenser microphone.

Instructor: Matt Ingelson

Ingelson,_Matt_headshot_CROPMatt Ingelson (BMEd '14) is an educator, artist and producer based in Southern California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music education from VanderCook, and his master’s degree in music production from Berklee College of Music. He has served as the department chair and director of bands at Desert Hot Springs High School for the past five years, and as adjunct faculty in applied music at the College of the Desert for the past four years. In addition to teaching music, Ingelson also works as a recording multi-instrumentalist, producer and mixing/mastering engineer for artists nationwide. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, he created the Coachella Valley Virtual Concert Band that produced weekly performance opportunities for students, teachers and community members alike. To date, the band has been viewed over 20,000 times, including international participants.

Course Details

Audio Recording & Editing
Techniques for the
Music Educator

Course Code 7631

Matt Ingelson

3 Graduate Credits

$1,065, due in full with registration

Chat Sessions
Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. CST

Working knowledge of a current
pro-level DAW; see below

Required Text(s)

Software/Hardware Requirements
A computer with 4 GB RAM, 150 GB storage

A current professional grade DAW: ProTools 12, Logic X, Ableton, Cubase, etc.

Over-ear headphones and/or speaker monitors.

An audio interface with at least two inputs: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Solid State Logic SSL2+, Presonus AudioBox 96, Audient EVO 4 USB, UAD Apollo Twin, etc. While two inputs are sufficient, eight or more is highly desirable, as it will allow the student to multitrack and edit their own drum tracks. Many mixers have USB outputs that allow for this kind of work. In all cases, tracks and demonstrations will be provided.

At least one dynamic microphone (Shure SM57, SM7B, Electrovoice RE20, etc.) and at least one large condenser microphone (Rode NT1, AKG C214/C414, AT2035, etc.). Preferable is a wide variety of microphones including small diaphragm condenser and ribbon microphones, though lack of access to these microphones will not inhibit student outcomes.

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Summer 2021 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, June 7. Soon after you register, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. On the morning of June 7, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

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