2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Audio Engineering Technology Courses (AET)

AET 1380. Survey of Recording Technology (3). This course is an introductory study of music-recording technology with attention to its history, innovations, and effects on the recording process, specifically the sonic quality of recorded music.

AET 1450. Critical Listening for Audio Production (1). Prerequisite: AET 1380. The study and practice of ear training as it relates to the identification, manipulation, and perception of sound. This course provides a concentrated in-depth study utilizing exercises designed to develop specific listening skills in audio production.

AET 2000. Audio Engineering Internship Lab (0). Prerequisites: sophomore standing. This career development course addresses internship expectations, job strategies, and interviewing skills.

AET 2050. Basic Training: Use of the DAW (1). Prerequisite: AET 1380. An introduction to the study of digital audio through the use of Digital Audio Workstation. Study will include foundational concepts in digital theory, computer operating systems, file formats, file management and basic audio processing using both the Mac and PC platform.

AET 2090. Audio Engineering I. (3). Prerequisites: AET 1380. Co-requisite AET 2091. A study of recording session procedures including the technical specifications and operational features of each component of the recording studio.  Topics include signal flow and processing, microphone design and application, studio acoustics and session procedures, and the roles of the engineer and assistant engineer.  Emphasis is placed on developing logistical and auditory perception skills for recording engineers.  Taken concurrently with AET 2091.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (I - Internships, Clinicals, Practica).

AET 2091. Audio Engineering I Lab (1).  Prerequisites: AET 1380. Co-requisite with AET 2090.  This course is the guided application of conceptual and procedural knowlege presented in AET 2090.  Lab must be taken concurrently with AET 2090.

AET 2100. Seminars, Workshops, Showcases (0).  Program specific sessions intended to demonstrate practical application or explore philosophical and current issues related to the music and entertainment industries.  Attendance requirements are stated in the course syllabus.  Pass/Fail.

AET 2370. Demo Production (3). Prerequisite: AET 1380. This course is an introductory study of the role of the producer and the use of music production techniques required to create a successful song demo. Lab hours required.

AET 2560. Sound Reinforcement (3). Prerequisite: AET 1380. A practicum-based study and application small venue and concert sound reinforcement equipment systems and their acoustical and operational practices. Lab hours required. ($30.00 course fee)
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (I - Internships, Clinicals, Practica).

AET 3000. Audio Engineering Internship (1-6). Prerequisites: AET 2000, AET 3190, junior standing, a minimum of 2.0 Belmont cumulative G.P.A.This  formal career education assignment enables students to intern at entertainment business organizations for a selected period of time. An internship may be repeated up to six hours. This is a graded (A-F grade) internship.

AET 3190. Audio Engineering II (3). Prerequisite: AET 2090 and AET 2091. Co-requisite with AET 3191. A continuation of AET 2090, this course is an advanced study of the technical characteristics and performance of each component of the recording studio. Topics include advanced studio electronics and signal flow, computer-based digital recording and editing, automated console operations, condenser microphones, spatial signal processing, and the role of the audio engineer. The development of audio perception skills for recording engineers is emphasized. Lab hours required. ($30.00 course fee)

Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (I - Internships, Clinicals, Practica).

AET 3191. Audio Engineering II Lab (1). Prerequisites: AET 2090 and AET 2091.  Co-requisite with AET 3190.  This course is the guided application of conceptual and procedural knowledge presented in AET 3190.  Lab must be taken concurrently with AET 3190.

AET 3260. Studio Maintenance and Electronics (3). Prerequisites: AET 2090, and Corequisite of PHY 2250. This course is an introduction to basic elctronic circuitry as related to the function, troubleshooting, maintenence and repair of electronic components in teh recording studio. (Lab hours and fee required).

AET 3370. Master Production (3). Prerequisite: AET 2370 or AET 2090. This course is an advanced study of the role of the producer and the use of music production techniques required to create a master recording. Lab hours required.

AET 3420. Audio Temporal Processing (1). Prerequisites: AET 2090 or AET 2560. A study of the application of audio effects and processes based on the manipulation of time-delay parameters and spatial properties of an audio signal including (but not limited to) reverberation, echo, chorusing, flanging, phase-shifting, and pitch shifting. This course provides a concentrated in-depth study of specialized key processes involved in audio production.

AET 3430. Audio Spectral Processing (1). Prerequisites: AET 2090 or AET 2560. The study of the spectral aspects of sound using equalization and filtering to process audio signals. This course provides a concentrated in-depth study and practice of specialized key processes involved in audio production.

AET 3440. Audio Dynamics Processing (1). Prerequisites: AET 2090 or AET 2560. The study of the dynamic-related properties of sound processing. The use of compressors, limiters, and expanders to process and control audio signals. This course provides a concentrated in-depth study and practice of specialized key processes involved in audio production.

AET 3570. Tour Production (3). PrerequisitesMBU 1110 and AET 2560. A practicum based study of tour-support personnel and their responsibilities including pre-production planning, technical coordination, transportation logistics, and the associated contracts and organizational paperwork. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the "Production" and "Tour" manager. Lab hours required. 

AET 3750. Concert & Event Production Design (3).  Prerequisites: AET 1380, MBU 1110, and junior standing.  This course is a practicum-based study of the conceptual development and execution of concert and live event production including lighting, set design, advertising, promotion, and technical support.

AET 3790. Recording Workshop (3). Prerequisites: AET 3190 and AET 3191, or AET 4560.  This course is an intensive study of microphone design and recording techniques used in the studio environment.  Course of study includes a research project in microphone technology and application.  Lab hours required.

AET 3990-4990. Independent Studies (1-3).

AET 3895-4895. Special Topics (1-3). Special Topics or pilot courses.

AET 4015. AET Senior  Capstone (1). Prerequisite: Junior Cornerstone Seminar and ENG 3010, Third-Year Writing. This course is a culminating experience in the major, which also addresses the goals for the Senior Capstone as defined in the course description for GND 4015. These goals include reflection on the students' whole educational experiences and on their transition from the university setting to post-graduation.

AET 4110. Automated Mixing Techniques (1). Prerequisite: AET 3190. A study of computer-automated mixing techniques. This course provides a concentrated in-depth study and practice of specialized key processes involved in audio production.

AET 4120. Audio Mastering (1). Prerequisite: AET 1450, AET 3190, and AET 3191. The study and practice of audio processing related to the replication and distribution of audio-based product(s) such as audio / video disk manufacturing and digital file transfers. This course provides concentrated in-depth study and practice designed to develop skills utilized in the final stage of audio preparation before mass distribution.

AET 4210. Restoration and Forensic Audio (1). Prerequisites: AET 2050, 3190, 3191 & 4120.  This course provides an exploration of audio analysis, enhancement, restoration, and retrieval for archival purposes and services rendered to law enforcement agencies.

AET 4230 Auditory Perception, and Hearing Science. (3). Prerequisites: Senior status and AET majors only. This course is a study of auditory perception, psychoacoustics, and hearing science as it relates to audio engineering, sound recording, and music production.

AET 4260. Studio Maintenance and Electronics II (3). Prerequisite: AET 3260. An analysis of advanced troubleshooting, repair, and modification of recording studio components and other areas of electronic circuitry as related to the recording studio. A continuation of AET 3260. (Lab hours required)

AET 4380. The Recording Engineer (3). Prerequisites: AET 2090, and three hours from AET 2370, AET 3190, AET 4400, or AET 2560. A study of the many roles of the modern recording engineer. Topics include studio ownership and management, clients, unions, current tax laws, and the impact of electronic and acoustic innovations and patents. Research project and lab hours required.

AET 4400. Sound Design for Picture (3). Prerequisites: AET 2050 and AET 3190, AET 3191. This course is an introductory study of the use of sound for picture and the application of audio / studio technology. Post-production techniques of dialogue replacement, music editing Foley, sound effects spotting and surround mixing are used. Lab hours are required.

AET 4480. Master Mixing Techniques (3). Prerequisites: AET 2090, and three hours from AET 2370, AET 2560, AET 3190, or AET 4400. This course explores the practical application of master mixing techniques used in modern production ($30.00 course fee). This course will substitute for AET 4190 or AET 4380.

AET 4560. Advanced Sound Reinforcement Techniques (3). Prerequisite: AET 2560. A practicum based study of concert sound reinforcement. Students will have hands-on experience with various sound reinforcement systems, live mixing, monitor equalization, and areas related to management of a live sound system in a professional concert situation. ($30.00 course fee)
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (I - Internships, Clinicals, Practica).

AET 4580. Location Recording (3). Prerequisite: AET 3790.  This course is an investigation of "on-location" recording employing practices commonly associated with capturing performances of classical, jazz, and orchestral ensembles. ($30.00 course fee).