Module Catalogue 2020/21

MUS1005 : Recording in the Music Studio

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rob Mackay
  • Demonstrator: Mr David De La Haye
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Phil Begg, Mr Fred Hollingsworth
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

This module seeks to explore the skills and operations needed when using sound recording technology to record music. Development of this skill can be useful to themselves as artists and performers, also as producers, and as educators who may be required to record their students. The module will enable the student to understand, analyse and demonstrate ability in the operation of different types of hardware and software that can be found in home and professional recording studios. By the close of the module the student should be able to assist a professional recording engineer during the recording and/or producing of live music.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins with an introduction to music production and the safe working practices of recording equipment, before moving onto the fundamentals of audio, the range and placement of microphones, how to record drums, audio perception, acoustics and psychoacoustics, the aesthetics of recording and experimental recording techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1.       To describe the different types of microphones, choose the appropriate microphone for the sound required, and compare and contrast their strengths and weaknesses.
2.       To compare and contrast the history and culture of drum recording, and evaluate common recording techniques and microphone placement.
3.       To evaluate the perceptual qualities of sound, including distinguishing loudness through range.
4.       To evaluate and demonstrate the different environments of recorded sound.
5.       To demonstrate recording in practice and evaluate reasons for software and hardware choices.
6.       To identify and explain music production as an artistic practice, and provide examples of practitioners.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1.       To demonstrate the core skills in using recording technologies and demonstrate safe working practices.
2.       To analyse and assess the differences between analogue and digital audio skills.
3.       To operate and appraise the use of microphone techniques.
4.       To examine and experiment with the demonstrated techniques to push the boundaries of creative recording practice.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Introductory online video/lecture and materials
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials22:004:00Asynchronous online lecture material with associated tasks.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00Asynchronous online lecture material with associated tasks.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion82:0016:00Reflect on the learning outcomes and skills in relation to the assessment
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities10:300:30Introductory online video by the student introducing themselves to the learning group.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:309:00Synchronous online small group teaching with discussion of the associated tasks. Students will be p
Guided Independent StudySkills practice82:0016:00Asynchronous online learning using hardware and software associated with Digital Audio Workstations.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice82:0016:00Reflect and research the learning outcomes and skills in relation to professional practice
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion81:008:00Synchronous online discussion of lecture material and associated tasks.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:3023:30Analyse & evaluate learning and create from the skills being explored
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will be taught in a mix of large and small group scheduled learning activities so that they have directed learning as a collective and then guided learning in smaller groups, each session then leads to a formative task so that the direction of learning travel is towards independent application of the skills shown during each week of teaching. This moving of the learning environment from large, to small group, to self is an important stage in the repeated building of competence and confidence of the student to explore the skills and operations needed to record music using a Digital Audio Workstation.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1A50Submission of a multitrack recording, circa 3 mins
Reflective log1A50Brief - consider techniques & skills from professional, critical, reflective practice. Circa 1200 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Design/Creative proj1AThese assessments will be set in response to studio based tasks.
Written exercise1AThese assessments will be set in response to reflection on studio based tasks.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students not only need to become proficient in the use of hardware and software commonly found in Digital Audio Workstations as this will most likely form part of their professional life after graduation; this will be assessed within the creative project. However, they also need to become critical of their own practice so that they can continue to develop their skills and also enable them to move towards a potential area of activity as a songwriter and/or music producer, this will be assessed within the reflective log.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.