MUS1005 : Recording in the Music Studio

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module seeks to explore the skills and operations needed to record music within a digital recording studio. 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 connect and operate the hardware and software that is to be found in a professional recording studio and in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). By the close of the module the student should be able to assist (if not act as) a professional recording engineer during the recording of live music.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins with an introduction to music production using Pro Tools (an industry standard recording software programme) and being shown safe working practices, 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, experimental recording techniques, corrective signal processing and finally creative signal processing. The students will also be able to undertake some aspects of E-Learning through use of Pro Tools online materials that will support the learning objectives of this module.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00These are the 1hr lectures on each of the topics.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00This is to prepare for the weekly formative tasks throughout the module.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops121:0012:00These are the five workshops after each of the topics.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will be taught in both lecture presentations and in workshops 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 class, to small group, to self is an important stage in the repeated building of competence and confidence of the student to use a professional recording studio.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1A60Group submission of a multitrack recording, circa 4 mins
Reflective log1A40Technical reflective log, circa 800 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 a music studio for recording music as this will most likely form part of their professional life after graduation, but 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. The 60% multitrack recording assess this first part whilst the 40% reflective log assess the second.

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