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MUSI3151 Music and Sound Production 2

Module Overview

This module allows you to develop your music and sound production techniques, with a focus on sound synthesis, sampling, mixing and processing. 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. Some previous recording and production experience is assumed - it is recommended that those who do not have this experience take MUSI2xxA Music and Sound Production 1 before taking this module.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Sound synthesis and sampling techniques and practice
  • Audio effects processing and applications
  • Live/location recording issues and approaches
  • Mixing and mastering techniques.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise and apply a variety of sound synthesis tools techniques
  • Analyse sound sources with regard to sampling requirements and limitations.
  • Critically evaluate audio recordings with respect to key aspects of audio production.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communicate technical information effectively
  • Problem solve in a variety of contexts.
  • Analytical reflection and self-critical awareness.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Combine a number of sound sources (recorded, synthesised, sampled) in an effective audio mix.
  • Record on location, edit and mix appropriately for the specific context.
  • Design synthetic and sampled instruments to achieve specific sonic requirements.
  • Master stereo recordings using appropriate editing and audio processing techniques.


Topics will typically include: synthesis techniques, sampling, live/field recording, mixing, advanced audio processing, mastering, critical listening.

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.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

Sound on Sound. Magazine and website

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

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

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


Assessment Strategy

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


Exercises and Quizzes


MethodPercentage contribution
Group project with supporting report  (1 minutes) 30%
Practical assignment and write-up  (4 minutes) 40%
Practical assignment and write-up  (1 minutes) 30%


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

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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 may be required to submit work on CD/DVD or USB stick. 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

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