Module Catalogue 2022/23

MUS1010 : Studio Production

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rob Mackay
  • Demonstrator: Mr David De La Haye
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Fred Hollingsworth, Mr Phil Begg
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
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Co Requisites
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This module aims to provide the student with core skills in techniques of music production when using sound recording technology to record music. It aims to help the student build upon, or learn from scratch, studio approaches and techniques, and to ultimately cultivate a musically intelligent practice and a practical musical intelligence. Skills learned inform stage 2 and 3 modules in composition, analysis, and performance, as well as offering secure theoretical grounding for historical and cultural theory modules.

Outline Of Syllabus

Studio Production is delivered as a series of lectures which feed in to weekly small group workshops in which students learn microphone techniques, editing and mixing skills, audio perception, acoustics and psychoacoustics, and different artistic approaches to studio prodcution. Students will be separated into working groups based on which instruments they play early in semester 1 in order to achieve a balanced and fair skillset across groups. These groups will then rotate around workshop sessions with different tutors, covering a variety of aspects of modern studio recording and mixing

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. Understand and apply production techniques in artistically appropriate ways
2. Make convincingly structured mixes of recorded materials
3. Have attained sufficient skill to work with confidence and imagination in the music studio
4. Have an awareness and understanding of a range of recording techniques, including microphone placement, stereo recording and the recording of a variety of sound sources.

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 demonstrate competencies in the mastering of a studio composition such as panning, EQ setting, and final mix.
5. To examine and experiment with the demonstrated techniques to push the boundaries of creative recording practice.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00PiP. If necessary these can be converted back into non-synchronous online lecture materials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion202:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:3016:30PiP. Weekly small group workshops. These can be converted to synchronous weekly online small groups.
Guided Independent StudyProject work203:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery220:155:30PiP. If necessary these can be converted to online tutorials.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study167:0067:00N/A
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

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1A50A multitrack recording and stereo mixdown, reflective technical log on the recording process - Can be completed remotely if needed
Design/Creative proj2A50Stereo mix of multitrack recording. Evidenced by multitrack session, stereo mixdown & reflective commentary-Can complete remotely
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1AWeek 8: 5min group presentation to discuss the track they plan to record, reason for selection, instrumentation & their approach
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students will work in groups to produce a recording (Sem 1) after which they will be required to mix individually (Sem 2). Submissions will be assessed on the skills demonstrated in the recording and mix. Each student is additionally required to write their own individual reflective technical log (Sem 1) or critically reflective commentary (Sem 2) for each submission, assessed on their understanding of the techniques and principles that have been explored throughout the module, and the justification of their creative/technical decision-making throughout the project.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 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 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.