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Project Studio Design (SNDA 2370)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course examines problems in designing a physical space for professional sound work. You will learn about the complexities of room acoustics, and strategies for controlling them. You will also study the related topics of basic electrical infrastructure, ergonomic concerns, and equipment selection. These elements will be brought together, as you will create a design for a small space, customized to your own needs and interests. Through the design process, you will gain a deeper understanding of the unique challenges in the acoustic world, which intersects with all other sound work.

Topical Outline:
1. Relation of design to purpose, end-product or sub-field of Sound Arts
2. Factors to consider in the planning process (creating plans, ergonomics, existing infrastructure, cost vs. value, outside specialists)
3. Room design (new or retrofit), materials, and infrastructure (AC, audio/data wiring, equipment selection)
4. Acoustic treatment and control
5. Relevant basics of acoustics-related topics (human auditory system, psychoacoustics, etc.)

Learning Outcomes:
1. Outline and analyze theoretical and practical issues in the important aspects of small-room acoustics and sound studio design
2. Synthesize material from previous courses with this one, in the service of designing a realistic personal studio space, based on the student’s own interests and direction
3. Relate purpose to design, through study of existing representative industry facilities
4. Aurally discriminate between different broad room acoustics phenomena, and suggest ways to control them, both with permanent treatment, and situationally in the field

Prerequisites:  SNDA 1320