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Sound Design Workshop with Ryan Kleeman
Shelton Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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Sound Design Workshop with Ryan Kleeman
Class Description
This workshop teaches students the core fundamental properties of audio production for film.  Students will obtain a solid understanding of industry standard techniques and workflow practices, enabling them to produce amazing sound for film productions.  Topics to be covered include foley recording, proper microphone techniques, equalization, mixing, dynamic and signal processing, and final mixdown / mastering techniques.  This workshop is taught using ProTools as the main software application; but all concepts taught can be applied to any audio software application.

Course Outline
Session 1 - Thursday, August 27th, 2009
I.  Fundamental Concepts of Audio.
   - Amplitude  decibels (dB) / Frequency  Hertz (Hz)
   - Range of Human Hearing
   - Signal to noise ratio
   - Inverse Square Law
   - General Frequency Spectrum of Human Voices
II. Recording Dialogue and Sound Effects
   - Microphone types and behavior characteristics
   - Setting good capture levels and gain structure
   - Foley Recording - how to record very accurate quiet sounds (pen drop)
   - Recording in the field (ambiances)
III.  Finding and Spotting sound effects.
   - Workflow practices for finding sound effects quickly and efficiently
   - Cutting up and editing sound cues (digital editing)
   - Exact placement of sound cues and the art of sound design (spotting)
   - Mixing sound cues with Dialogue and Music
IV.  Wrap up Session 1 - Questions and review unclear topics.


Session 2 - Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
I. Equalization - An overview on EQing voice and music conte
   - High pass and Low pass filters
   - Shelving EQ
   - Band EQ, (Q) control and sweeping the frequency spectrum
   - Stacking frequencies and EQing the a mi
II.  Mixing - Mixing different elements (dialogue, sound effects, and music).
   - Setting up for a mixdown session.
   - Applying effects (signal processing)
   - Applying compression (dynamic processing)
   - Automation and automating effect parameters
III.  Mastering - Putting the final touch on the final audio tracks.
   - Creating stems of dialogue, sound effects, and music
   - Mastering each stem separately and then mixing together
   - Using compression and limiting in the mastering stage
   - Exporting final mastered tracks and format
IV.  Wrap up Session 2 and overview of topics covered in the workshop


Instructor Bio: www.ryankleeman.com

Ryan Kleeman is a Bay area Recording Engineer, Sound Designer, and Audio Production Instructor. Ryan completed his Master of Fine Arts in Audio Recording and Sound Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. At UMKC, Ryan studied theatre sound design with Tom Mardikes, film composition and sound design with Greg Mackender, and audio art installation with Dwight Frizzell. Ryan was also a full-time Audio Recording Engineer for 4 years at the Conservatory of Music and Dance working under the tutelage of Chief Recording Engineer, Robert Beck. Ryan has worked with Bay area artist's Pleasuremaker, DJ Said, Lily Taylor, The Blank Slates, Paul Kaspian, and Christopher Willits. Some of Ryans past recording projects like Ken Loverns Organ Jazz Trio featuring Bukeka Shoals have had positive reviews in Keyboard magazine and other music publications. Anvil Chorus, a local Kansas City band has received wide spread attention from their shockingly impressive 5 song Demo that Ryan recorded, mixed and produced for the band. Ryans sound design credits for film include working on dialogue, foley effects, and composition for the short film, The Story of a Conscience which was directed by Don Maxwell. Sound Design for a short animation called "Boing" directed by Greg Mackender as well as several short independent films.  Ryans recent sound design credits for theatre include designing sound for American Conservatory Theatre's Young Conservatory "I'm Still Standing" as well as "Broken Wings and More" both directed by Craig Slaight. Ryan also mixes large scale musical productions for TheatreWorks in the South Bay. Currently, Ryan is the Chief Engineer at Sound Arts in San Francisco.

Bring a notebook for taking notes, handouts will be provided, and laptops are optional.

$40 for Scary Cow Members
$75 for Non-Members

533 Sutter, Shelton Theatre
August 27th, 7-10pm
Sept 3rd, 7-10pm

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Shelton Theatre
533 Sutter
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States


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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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