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MUSI2015 Studio Techniques 1

Module Overview

This module aims to teach you basic multi-track recording and production techniques associated with recording studios. The module is based in the University’s recording studios, where you will explore a range of recording and production techniques and equipment from both theoretical and practical perspectives, and demonstrate what you have learnt through practical assignments. No previous recording experience is expected, but knowledge of fundamentals of sound, digital and analogue audio, MIDI, etc will be assumed from the pre-requisite module MUSI2094 Introduction to Music Technology.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to introduce you to basic recording and production techniques and provide practical experience in production of audio recordings in pop, jazz, classical or other genres.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Monophonic and stereophonic microphone techniques
  • Sampling and synthesis
  • Dynamics and Equalisation effects processors
  • Reverberation and ambience effects processors
  • Mixing techniques
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Work with performers and/or other producers as a team
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Record in some traditional or modern styles
  • Apply effects and mix multitrack recordings to stereo masters
  • Transfer final mixes to Audio CD
  • Communicate confidently with recording engineers as a producer
  • Communicate confidently with a producer as a performing artist, composer or conductor
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Obtain high quality recorded performance from a particular performer
  • Choose appropriate techniques for a given style of music

Syllabus

TThis unit builds upon music technology skills developed in MUSI2094, but it is not assumed that you will have any previous knowledge of recording techniques. The course is aimed at developing your proficiency in some creative recording techniques that are relevant to a musician, performer, producer or conductor and topics will typically include: microphones, mixing desks, mic-preamps, effects processing: eq, reverb, compression, noise gates, etc, mixing, live recording, sampling, software synthesis. The University recording studios comprise two live rooms and two control rooms, with the possibility to patch both live rooms to one control room. Each live room has 16 audio tie lines to control rooms and each control room utilises a number of mic-preamps and compressors and a Mac Pro computer running Logic pro with a number of additional software plug-ins. Hardware and software are subject to change.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods include: Lectures and demonstrations, Practical tasks (both in-class and in independent study), Reading hand outs and equipment manuals, Individual/group research into practical applications of hardware and software in the studio, Studying feedback on assessed work, Small group tutorials. Listening to professionally made recordings. These activities are designed to help you acquire the necessary practical experience and theoretical understanding to support the necessary skills to record your own or other peoples’ music to a level of competence varying from good demonstration quality to master quality, depending on the style and complexity of the music involved.

TypeHours
Teaching24
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Paul White. The Sound on Sound book of recording & production techniques for the recording musician. 

Sound on Sound. Magazine

Moylan, William. The art of recording: understanding and crafting the mix.. 

Paul White. The Sound on Sound book of creative recording,. 

Rumsey, Francis & McCormick, Tim. Sound and recording : an introduction. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Practical assignment and write-up  (1 minutes) 25%
Practical assignment and write-up  (3 minutes) 25%
Practical assignment and write-up  (3 minutes) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Practical assignment and write-up  (4 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Computer discs or USB drives

Students will be required to submit work on CD/DVD. Blank disks are available in the student shop on campus. Students work in small groups and so only need need to submit two sets of disks per group.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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