- Class Number 5884
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Pat O'Grady
- Dr Pat O'Grady
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
Music Recording and Production Techniques introduces students to the theoretical and practical fundamentals of professional-level sound recording. Techniques of music recording and production differ according to musical intention and aesthetic direction and as such, provision is made for students to develop their individual music production skill sets within the course and project parameters.
Course content includes: essential theoretical concepts including the fundamentals of sound and recording; venues, acoustics and the practicalities of recording workplace[s]; recording and production equipment, to include hardware and software; microphone types, polar patterns and placement; mixing consoles; dynamics and time-based effects processing; audio recording, editing and mixing in Pro Tools; and, critical listening seminars. Additionally, students will discuss and debate current issues affecting music and recording, to include: listening levels, hearing and health; 'loudness' and dynamic range; and technology and use value.
Learning and teaching activities include lectures, tutorials, studio workshops, discussions, practical lab workshops and critical listening seminars.
Students are assessed on: a negotiated group recording project, to include the organisation of musicians, recordist(s), equipment and venue(s) in line with booking procedures; an individual recording project log book to include critical reflection; and, a multiple choice exam paper on the fundamentals of audio and music recording and production.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and define key theoretical concepts and principles pertaining to audio and music recording and production;
- Explain the sonic characteristics of music using correct technical terminologies;
- Organise musicians, equipment and venue(s) for a music recording and production project to correct procedures;
- Execute a group recording project applying theoretical concepts and principles; and
- Plan, document and evaluate a group recording project in a detailed log book.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Course introduction & assessments||Tutorials: Bookings, OH&S, Operations|
|2||Signal Chains & Flow||Tutorials: Studio navigation & signal flow|
|3||The Science of Sound||Tutorials: Vocals|
|4||'Quality In'||Tutorials: Pro Tools 1|
|5||Microphones 1||Tutorials: Pro Tools 2|
|6||Microphones 2||Tutorials: Drums|
|7||Digital Audio||Tutorials: Pro Tools 3|
|9||Dynamics Processing||Tutorials: Guitars|
|10||Time-based Signal Processing||Tutorials: Mix & Processing|
|11||Mixing||Tutorials: Mix & Processing|
|12||Critical Listening||Tutorials: Exams|
In Wattle select your tutorial group at your earliest convenience. First come best dressed.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assessment 1 - Group Recording Project||50 %||04/11/2022||25/11/2022||3, 4, 5|
|Assessment 2 - Log Book||20 %||04/11/2022||25/11/2022||1, 2, 5|
|Assessment 3 - Exam||30 %||28/10/2022||25/11/2021||1, 2|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4, 5
Assessment 1 - Group Recording Project
This assignment covers Learning Outcomes 3, 4 and 5.
In groups of 5, students will plan, execute then reflect upon a predefined, music recording project totaling 8 minutes in length. Up to 3 recordings may be submitted, as long as the accumulative total length amounts to 8 minutes.
The total number of recordings submitted should not exceed 3.
The total length of the recordings submitted must be no less than 7 minutes or exceed 9 minutes.
The project can take the form of:
- classical music duo, trio or ensemble recording(s)
- jazz recording(s)
- popular/ contemporary group recording(s)
- electronic music/ programmed piece of music to include recorded music/ foley/ samples/ sound effects
- sound recording/ soundtrack for film
- radio drama/ programme featuring recorded music
- speech recording featuring recorded music
Deadline: Friday November 4th 2022
Upload to Wattle (only 1 group member per group)
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 5
Assessment 2 - Log Book
This assignment covers Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 5.
Students must individually document the group recording project process in a detailed log book. The log book must contain evidence of:
A full planning process: to include project intention, session bookings, dates, equipment used, musicians booked, venues
Execution: The processes followed in order to achieve the intended outcome: choice of microphones, placement, recording techniques, mix process, bounce down
Critical reflection: The results, what worked/ did not work, any unexpected results
Log Book word count: 750
Deadline: Friday November 4th 2022
Upload to Wattle in .doc, .docx or .pdf file only
This is an individual assignment - 1 log book per individual student
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Assessment 3 - Exam
This assignment covers Learning Outcomes 1 and 2
Students will take a 1-hour exam on the fundamentals of sound and sound recording. The exam will feature questions pertaining to class and tutorial topics as well as set readings.
The exam takes a multiple choice/ short answer format.
Deadline: Tuesday October 25th 2022
*** Exam to be taken in tutorial times on Tuesday October 25th 2022 ***
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sound recording, music technology, music production, popular music
Dr Pat O'Grady