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MUS1010 : Studio Production

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • 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

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion202:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00PiP. If necessary these can be converted back into non-synchronous online lecture materials
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.

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

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

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.

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