AE-237 Basic Electronics
/ Studio Maintenance
updated 6th October 2014
The links below include the an overview
of your responsibilities - the Grades Agreement. Please visit,
download, print (if necessary) and refer to the Reading Assignments
/ Syllabus so you can stay on top of the work and not fall behind.
We only have eleven weeks, so let's make the most of it.
Studio Maintenance will familiarize
the recording and live sound engineer with how stuff works.
Electronic Fundamentals will introduce
you to the language, components and the relationship between the math and
the circuitry - in a word, fluency.
Be able to "converse" and comprehend at the
most basic technical level
Differentiate between a block diagram and
a schematic, recognize parts on a schematic and find them on a circuit
You will develop the fine motor skills
required for soldering and desoldering components as well as be
able to repair and make your own cables.
Most importantly - even while it may not seem
obvious - the added technical depth will improve your troubleshooting
Please note that this class evolves every
quarter and so some of what is posted may or may not be covered ro current.
Also know that your feedback is essential - class size is small enough
that I can recalibrate the class for you specific needs and interests.
Even when we work side-by-side together, your reflects outside fo class
are particularly useful. Oh yeah, TWO emails are required per
Please Read, Print and Sign
the Grades Agreement
Assignments and Syllabus
Three Levels of "Studio Maintenance"
In the first half of the quarter we will
make a heavy investment on the technical side. Each day will be broken
into two parts - lecture and lab - so we can become acquainted with the
conceptual (formula and circuit basics) and the tangible (components and
equipment). We will tackle the scientific with hands-on lab projects
that I hope will familiarize you with the fundamentals.
The mid term will be a week earlier than
most of the school - week-5 - after which the balance of our class time
will shift to the construction of our instrument preamp (that can be expanded
into a mic preamp), starting with the power supply. This class project
will teach you where gain and 'circuit color' comes from - you will find
the preamp to be very musical and quite different from everything else
you own. You will learn the entire schematic by drawing each subsection
multiple times until you have a full understanding of how it works.
This will be the beginning of the schematic library you will build.
Once past the mid-term, we will be spending
more time building our preamp.
Staying on top of your home work activites
will give us more time to explore options during class time. Feel
free to bring in your broken cables and gear.
Eddie is available via
e-mail (preferred) or by phone at 651-245-0153.
Below is the weekly index...