UNIT 1  Digital DJ  *  Film Scoring  *  Electronic Music  *  Audio Production *  JazzStudies




Your instructor will share with you, the unique format and structure for this class. Please feel free to ask questions along the way.  


Be patient with the initial start-up of this course. Once up and running, you will have the freedom to explore at a pace that works for your learning.  


All subjects will begin their study with the development of the basic tools for audio editing.  Having a working knowledge of Logic or FL Producer will help you moving forward.



BBA Music and the Riley Center


We are fortunate to have high-quality equipment housed in well-kept facilities.  Please do your best to maintain what we have and ensure that it will be better for those that follow you.  In an effort to work together efficiently, please follow a few norms so that we can make the most of our time together:


Use the assigned computer station for each class

Take care of all social correspondences online or on your phone in the first minutes of class.

No cell phone use without permission 

Let your instructor know if you need to leave the room  

Begin work at the start of class without instructor having to prod you to do so.

Take short breaks if needed, being mindful of your time management

Be careful not to distract others or be distracted during class.

When you get confused, work with a neighbor if they are willing, or find the instructor

Store headphones and chair in the appropriate location

Ask permission to add software or alter the computer in any way

Ask to bring food or drink into the lab

Be respectful and humble to those that may not be as accomplished as you.

Have fun exploring with a purpose, working with a goal and a focused mindset for learning.

If you fall behind, self-impose homework or additional lab time.

Have an idea that you would like to explore, let your instructor know. 




Information on how grades are determined can be found here.







We will all start with a project.  A project that I will refer to as a "Gig." The gig will pose a challenge that will require that you engage in research and exploration of a specific topic.  These topics are designed to help you develop new knowledge and skill through the creation of projects that will help others in the future.


As an example, a Gig might include the creation of a mellow musical underscore for a film.  Your underscore, once completed would be added to a library that could be used by the film department.  I call them Projects with Purpose.    Each gig will have requirements that need to be met.  Complete the gig within the timeframe allotted and you get the credit. 


Use the proper Habits of Learning while doing the gig and see that "A" manifest itself in your grade book.    As time progresses you will have greater control over what types of gigs you take and how you will present them.  The goal is to help you find your passion and develop the best skills for self-directed learning alone and with others. 




1. Read the specifics of the Gig

2. Engage in your study and project creation for the gig

3. Post your work where directed

4. Return to this page and complete the remaining assignments 

5. Ask to meet with your instructor to review your work





Here is your first gig:


Help build the "Benchmark Playlist."


A benchmark playlist will be a large collection of songs created by beginners and intermediate users of Logic software.   These songs will be used by current and future students for song analysis and for self-reflection at the conclusion of the semester.


Your job is to learn how to use the different functions of Logic to create a song or sound event that lasts 2-3 minutes in length.   All specifics required of this gig are found at  LOGIC SOFTWARE - Benchmark Gig



Please go to the link above and learn more about this gig. 






Self Reflective Practice



Please copy these questions and post them into your Unit 1 eNotebook.  Answer them.



To ensure that you have a strong foundation before moving forward, assess yourself on the major skills and understandings presented in this unit.

If you have a gap in your knowledge, go back and address it before moving forward. You can retake an post this assessment at any time.  




1 = I have yet to understand this concept or skill
2 = I have some understanding of the concept, but need am not yet proficient
3 = I have a solid understanding of the material and consider myself proficient.
4 = I have gone way beyond the expectations and am close to mastery.  I could teach this to others I am so amazing.


Please note:  All 3's is the standard expectation for this course.  4's should be reserved for when you go beyond what is expected. 

Rate how well you understand each of the following concepts:



Put a number in front of each learning target.  The number should represent the level you are at, it is not a grade.



I can establish a basic understanding of the workflow used in Logic Pro X

Names for all Windows and Tracks

Locate Preferences – Set audio Card

Turn on the Quick Help tool

Locate and use Playback Control – Transport Bar

Tool bar functions and Cursor functions, Secondary Cursor usage

Key commands – create a list of common key commands

Naming Tracks, Reorder, color tracks, change icons

Drag (blue) Audio Loops into the arrange window to create a basic groove

Use the pointer tool to loop regions – drag top right corner

Option-drag loops to loop them

Alter track volume control – volume, mute, solo

Saving Projects – Bouncing to MP3


LEVEL 1 Loops

Sort apple loops by BPM, Key, and Genre in the Loop window

Preview loops in the loop window

Drag and Drop audio loops into the arrange window, creating new tracks

Loop your loops


LEVEL 2: Loops

Create separate tracks for each instrument type the audio loop represents.

Change the pitch of apple loops by setting the global key for my song

Align loops to the timeline/measures

Loop regions in three different ways, inspector window, point tool, opt. drag.



 I can make a screen shot of my logic project

 I can make a folder on my desktop to store all my work.

 I can clean off my desktop at the end of class

 I take notes on new material

 I can create a Jimdo eNotebook

 I can format, alter and add content to the eNotebook

 I can create a Box.com account to store my audio files

 I can get the embed code from the audio file in Box.com and embed the code into my eNotebook to create an audio player with my file in it.

 I can embed pictures, screenshots, and text.



I remember to log out of websites

I know to close all software at the end of class

I store headphones in appropriate location

I know to ask permission to add software or alter computer

I know to ask permission to leave the room

I know to ask to bring food or drink into lab

I know to ask to use a cell phone 

I have respect for the learning environment - not distracting others

I remain on task in the classroom for the full duration of the period.



I Can

  • Follow basic instructions on how to be prepared for learning.

  • Bring necessary materials to class

  • Arrive to class on time



I Can 

  •  Do what I am told- Engage in classroom learning when prompted

  •  Demonstrate respect and engagement through proper body language

  •  Manage distractions (Phone, friends, etc.)



I Can

  • Try; Remain engaged in learning when answers are not easily found

  • Identify where learning might be difficult for me; aware of my limitations

  • Identify when I want to give up



I Can

  • Respond verbally or in written form to basic questions related to my performance

  • Offer simple solutions that can improve my own performance



Review your answers carefully.  What evidence is available for your teacher to assess your work?  Is your eNotebook packed full of great evidence?  What areas do you still need to improve?  Go back and learn or tweak anything that may still be a challenge for you.  When you are ready to move on, find your instructor to engage in a 1-1 dialogue on how you completed this unit.  Defend your work and get feedback.  - Thanks