Microphone Technology and Technique

Course Number: PROD-117DL Credit Hours: 4

Course Description

This course introduces students to the world of microphone technology and technique. Topics include the various classes of microphones, their construction and application, and how to achieve the desired results from various acoustic sources.

Ian Vargo

Sound Design and music compositions by Ian Vargo have been heard on nationally-televised ad campaigns, award-winning short films, and viral web content. Most recently, he has worked with the Los Angeles Directing team Cousins, whose videos have amassed over 30 million views on the internet. Additionally, Ian is a Music Producer, Mix and Mastering Engineer, and Multi-instrumentalist. He has worked on numerous major label (Universal, Interscope, Hollywood) and independent records. Ian has studied songwriting and guitar at The Berklee College of Music, and has a Master’s Degree in Sound Design from The Savannah College of Art and Design.

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Hardware & DAW Requirements:

  • Mac or PC with at least 8 GB of RAM, but 16 GB or better is highly recommended. NOTE: LACM’s Pasadena campus uses Apple Macs, exclusively, for all its DAW workstations, as do all of the program’s instructors.
  • Pro Tools version 12.6.1 or newer
  • At least one external, portable hard drive
  • Headphones (with 1/8-inch and ¼-inch adaptors)
  • Highly Recommended: A large-capacity drive for backup purposes is highly recommended. Multiple backup drives (preferably stored in different locations) are the only way to ensure data safety.

Recommended Hard Drive Specifications:

  • 1 TB or larger
  • 7200 RPM
  • USB 3 or better
  • “Green” drives (ones which will go to sleep after a period of inactivity) are NOT recommended. They are problematic for use with any DAW software.

Software Requirements: