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Digital Audio

The Digital Audio program at SRJC is an integral part of the interdisciplinary Digital Media program. SRJC currently offers an Associate in Arts degree or Certificate in Digital Media: Audio.

This program provides students with training in audio theory, MIDI sequencing, sound synthesis, recording, digital and analog audio technology, basic music theory, sound design for multimedia applications (including video games for educational and/or entertainment purposes), and the delivery of audio content over broadcast media including radio, television, and the Internet. Students will employ industry-standard hardware and software to create, record, store, edit, and master audio content for various multimedia applications. Upon completion of the Digital Audio curriculum, Audio students will collaborate with other Digital Media students on a capstone project by integrating music and audio into student-designed interactive media applications.

The Digital Audio facilities at SRJC include a state-of-the-art studio based around an Avid Pro Tools C|24 recording console (with Pro Tools HD); and a student lab equipped with Pro Tools 10, Native Instruments Komplete, and Propellerhead Reason software. The college also maintains a wide array of professional-quality industry-standard microphones.

The explosive development of multimedia and online audio has created numerous occupations built around the utilization of platform-specific tools for both linear and nonlinear audio production. Graduates of the Digital Media: Audio program will be prepared for entry-level positions in audio engineering, sound design, audio-for-video post-production, broadcasting, and CD/DVD mastering. Potential long-term career paths include Sound Designer, Audio Engineer, Record Producer, Post-Production Mixer/Editor, and Sound Effects/Dialog Editor.

Digital Media: Audio requirements - complete 25.0 units
Course Description Units
CS 74.11 Introduction to Digital Media 3.0
MUSC 50 Introduction to MIDI 3.0
MUSC 51A Digital Audio: Fundamentals 3.0
MUSC 51B Digital Audio: Multimedia 3.0
MUSC 60A Audio Recording 1 3.0
MUSC 60B Audio Recording 2 3.0
CS 50.32 Web/Interactive Media Projects 4.0
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following:
MUSC 1 Music Fundamentals 3.0
MUSC 2A Introduction to Music Theory 3.0
MUSCP 10 Elementary Piano 2.0
MUSCP 11A Class Piano 1 2.0

Completion of these requirements and the completion of a General Education Pattern will entitle students to the Associate in Arts degree in Digital Media: Audio. For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of “C” or better (or “P” if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis), is required for each course applied toward the major.

Completion of these requirements without the completion of a General Education Pattern will entitle the student to the Certificate of Achievement in Digital Media: Audio.


Dr. Rudolf Budginas, Coordinator

(MUSC 50, MUSC 60A, MUSC 60B)

Barry Blum

(MUSC 50, 51A, 51B)

For questions about CS 74.11 and CS 50.32, contact Donald Laird at or at (707) 527-4282.

For further questions about the program, contact Dr. Mark Anderman at or at (707) 527-4330.