Recordingology is a reference library of learning objects dedicated to understanding the recording process. The site includes but is not limited to topics like: Equalization, Distortion, Compression, Expansion, Delay, Pitch Shifting, Reverb and Mixing. The site includes texts that explain each of these topics accompanied by a recording to demonstrate the process or effect. The site also includes short videos to explain and demonstrate these and other topics.
Type of Material:
Reference library including text, charts, graphs and sound recordings.
This site is ideal for assigning students specific learning goals (e.g., a particular kind of reverb effect) to understand and emulate and as supplemental instruction for students at any level.
Standard browser and since a lot of sound files are associated with this material and it is focused on music production a good pair of external speakers is needed.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The goals of this collection of learning objects is to breakdown the larger concepts of recording technology into small easy to understand steps toward an understanding of recording technology. Suggestions on incorporating instruments into various styles and musical contexts are included.
Target Student Population:
Beginning to advanced students in recording technology. Appropriate for high school through graduate school.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
An understanding of the basis concepts and ideas of recording technology including microphones and basic recording tools.
The content of this site is accurate. The strength of this site is in offering several separate examples of a particular recording process or effect and then giving a detailed explanation of each process and effect along with an accompanying recording that employs that process or effect. This site is authored by one of the nation's leading pedagogues in recording technology. The presentation of concepts is logical and clear.
The site focuses primarily on recording commercial/popular music.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The potential effectiveness of this site for students is to give them an explanation and model for a specific recording technique to emulate in their own work. This is possibly the single best online resource for learning a broad variety of techniques in sound recording. The concise explanations coupled with many links to audio examples makes this an invaluable resource in the discipline.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Everything seems to work well on a PC and Macintosh. This site is easy to use and is fairly intuitive to navigate.
Navigation of the site could be improved. It is not clear what the differences are between the learning objects for "In the Studio" and for "In the Library" menus.
Other Issues and Comments:
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