Introduction to Studio Recording

Introduction to Studio Recording

Daniel J Marasco
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Belleville Mennonite School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Music Production
Instructional Software


High School


Music Technology


Small PA system and a larger PA system (obviously analog)

SM 58 (and equivalents) mics

SM 57 mics

2 Audio Technica AT 3035 Condenser mics

Electric, Acoustic, and Bass guitar

Keyboard with Midi and audio capabilities

Quarter inch instrument and speaker cables

XLR chords

Many adapters, and large numbers of other chords


35 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Very little, except a working knowledge of computers, music, and some minimal sound equipment knowledge.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
NAfME Standards of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME Standards of 1994: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

NAfME 2014: Connections


Basically, all of the equipment listed as available.

Also, a computer(s) with Pro Tools, or at the very least, Garage Band or Audacity, or some other recording software installed, and an M-Box 2 (or some other analog to digital and midi interface)


1.) To get all students up to speed on the equipment that they will be working with throughout the school year.

2.) To allow for a few minutes to set up something very simple and record students doing something.

3.) To show what the basic interface for Pro Tools looks like


1.) Explain the basic parts of a sound board, such as inputs, faders, eq’s, mute, solo, phantom power, Master faders, Aux sends, etc. (4 min)

2.) Explain relationship between mixer and amplifier (two seperate units) and compare to a combination unit. (3 min.)

3.) Go through Quarter inch and XLR chords, show some other chords and adapters as well. (3 min.)

4.) Show how the chords are used to set up the sound system. (2 min.)

5.) Go through a very cursory explanation of different kinds of microphones, Dynamic and Condensor. (3 min.)

6.) Go though the various available instruments, explaining how to hook them up, including MIDI. (5 min.)

7.) Explain the usefulness of MIDI and how it works(2 min.)

8.) Boot up Pro Tools and set up several mono audio tracks and a master fader. Then hook up a mic (SM 58) to the M-Box in channel 1, and some other instrumen! t (esp guitar) in cahnnel 2) and a monitor (4 min.)

9.) Explain the basic interface. (4 min.)

10.) With the remaining class time allow students to record something, ranging from the alphabet, to a song with guitar and voice, or something like that, and let them hear what they did.


The set up of the M-Box and the instruments will give an opportunity to see what SS know.

Have SS see if they can recognize parts of the mix window in Pro Tools

The next classes will afford many opportunities to reinforce and evaluate.

Follow Up:

Review parts of this every week.

Have students record alphabet and experiment with various editing tools.

Have students record tracks of songs.

Begin to eventually record or create a full length song, teaching the students to edit their work

Items to Purchase:

We have everything that I have listed

When budget should be submitted:


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