The University of Southampton

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

introduce you to basic recording and sampling editing techniques ? teach you how to produce audio recordings in pop, jazz, classical and 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 simple synthesis (ADSR envelopes)
  • Dynamic 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 and 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:

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


This module builds upon music technology skills developed in MC 125. (It is not assumed that the student has any previous knowledge of recording techniques, so this vast topic is only covered at a fairly basic level.) The studio has a small live room that allows for recording using up to six microphones. The recording medium is Emagic Logic Platinum software on Apple Macintosh computer. The module is aimed at proficiency in some creative recording techniques that are relevant to a musician, performer, producer or conductor, rather than looking at the more technical aspects that would be of use to a sound engineer.

Special Features

From your own study of the class worksheets, suggested reading material, your practical experimentation with recording techniques and software capabilities, you will acquire the necessary competence 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 of music.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include ? lectures, demonstrations, worksheets for private study ? small-group classes ? one-to-one tutorials ? on-line FAQs, hint sheets and web board discussions Learning activities include ? listening to music ? reading technical manuals and articles ? reading and contributing to on-line FAQs, hint sheets and discussions ? individual research into the practical use of the software (trial and error) ? studying feedback on assessed work

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Sound on Sound. Magazine

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

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Project 50%
Project 25%
Project 25%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: MUSI2094 Introduction To Music Technology 2016-17

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