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MUSI2142 Music and Sound Production 1

Module Overview

This module allows you to explore basic multi-track recording and production techniques. The module is based in the University’s recording studios and music computing facilities where you will explore a range of techniques and equipment from both theoretical and practical perspectives, demonstrating what you have learnt through practical assignments. No previous recording experience is expected, but knowledge of fundamental ideas relating to music and sound technologies is useful. It is recommended that you take MUSI1019 Introduction to Music Technology before taking this module if you have little or no previous experience of music technology.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- to introduce you to basic music and sound production techniques. - to introduce you to a variety of audio production equipment and tools, such as microphones, non-linear editors, equalisation, dynamics processors, etc. - to provide practical experience in recording and editing of audio in pop, jazz, classical musics, or other sound production contexts such as film, or video game sound design.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Recording processes and equipment
  • Mono, stereo and multiple microphone techniques
  • Audio processing such as equalisation, dynamics and ambience effects.
  • Basic audio editing and mixing techniques
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Select appropriate microphones and techniques for particular sound sources and application contexts.
  • Evaluate the quality of recorded material and potential causes of defects.
  • Analyse audio recordings to identify key aspects of the production techniques used.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate technical information effectively.
  • Solve problems in complex environments.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Record, edit and mix audio sources effectively.
  • Apply effects processing effectively to enhance recorded audio material.
  • Research and document the production process effectively for self-evaluation and communication with others.

Syllabus

Topics will typically include: the production process, microphones and mic techniques, basic acoustics, mic-preamps, mixing, basic effects processing, such as EQ, reverb, compression, noise gates, critical listening.

Special Features

The Music recording studios comprise two control rooms and two live rooms, with Mac Pro computers running Logic Pro with supporting software and a variety of mic pre-amplifiers and high quality microphones. Stereo and 5.1 surround sound playback is available. The studios are updated regularly.

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.

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops24
Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Sound on Sound. Magazine and website

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

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

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

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

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

- Formative assessments or tasks designed to provide informal, on-module feedback. - Recording and production assignments to allow students to demonstrate the practical technical skills covered.

Formative

Group Assignment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Group project with supporting report  (4 minutes) 50%
Group project with supporting report  (2 minutes) 40%
Individual written reflection  (1000 words) 10%

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 have to submit work on CD/DVD or USB stick. Blank disks are available in the student shop. Two sets of disks need to be submitted for each group for each assignment.

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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