20 credits at level HE5
The aim of this module is to analyse the environment, procedures, equipment and techniques involved in the production of music in a digital studio. Through appraisal and practice, it investigates a range of techniques in recording and mixing to a professional standard.
Microphone technique, recording, overdubbing, editing and mixing procedures
Digital Mixing Console Operation
Digidesign Pro Tools
This module will be delivered via a combination of lecture, seminar, demonstration and in-class course work to introduce the subject matter and to develop understanding. Students will be encouraged to enter into enlightened debate on the discussed topics to form part of their critical appraisal of the subject. The student will be expected to research and present a written project on discussed and set topics.
Formal Lectures (20)
In-class course work (20)
Unsupervised practicals (40)
Directed reading (25)
Directed research (25)
Assignment preparation and implementation (60)
Total: 200 hours.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Evaluate techniques and develop skills in recording instruments and voices to a professional standard.||
1. Assess technical and artistic criteria to enable appropriate microphone selection and placement for various sound sources.
2. Apply signal processing techniques creatively and correctively during the recording process.
3. Maintain quality and minimise distortion in the recorded signal by correct use of gain structure.
4. Assess and apply procedures to assist and enhance communication and artistic performance during the recording process.
|2.||Correctively and creatively edit and manipulate waveforms to enhance and complement the musical product.||
1. Assess technical and artistic criteria to enable appropriate manipulation of the recorded signal.
2. Recognise the need for and apply corrective use of tuning and time-correction software on the recorded signal.
3. Assess opportunities offered by a range of software for editing and and manipulating the recorded signal.
|3.||Assess and evaluate the media and techniques involved in digital mixing, and operate a digital mixing console.||
1. Assess the current range of digital mixing consoles available in the present market, with respect to cost and capabilities.
2. Recognise and apply techniques for appropriate use of a digital mixing console to enhance the recording and mixing processes.
|4.||Utilise advanced signal processing techniques in the enhancement and correction of the musical product.||
1. Apply appropriate dynamic control and equalisation techniques to the recorded signal to enhance the mixing process.
2. Apply appropriate signal processing techniques to the recorded signal to enhance the mixing process.
|5.||Evaluate techniques and develop skills in mixing instruments and voices to a professional standard.||
1. Assess opportunities offered by a range of automation systems to assist and enhance the mixing process.
2. Assess technical and artistic criteria to enable creative and corrective mixing of the recorded signals.
3. Recognise and apply techniques for creative placement of sound sources within the mix, to enhance spatial qualities, including width and depth.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Research Paper||Recording and Mixing Session||Self-evaluative Report|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Allen S. Audio in Media: The recording studio (Wadsworth, 1995).
Bartlett B. Introduction to Professional Recording Techniques (SAMS, 1989).
Borwick J. Microphones, Technology and Technique (Focal Press, 1990).
Borwick J. Sound Recording Practice (Association of Professional Recording Services, 1996).
Gibson D and Peterson G. The Art of Mixing: A Visual Guide To Recording Engineering And Production (Hal Leonard pub, 1997).
Hill B. Going Digital: A Musician's Guide to Technology (Schirmer, 1998).
Runstein, R.E. & Huber, D.M. Modern Recording Techniques (Focal Press, 2005).
Side, A. Microphone Cabinet (Mix/Cardinal Business Media, 1997) Interactive CD ROM.
Thompson, Daniel M. Understanding Audio: Getting the Most Out of Your Project or Professional Recording Studio (Berklee Press, 2005)
Sound on Sound.
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