• Offered by School of Music
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Music
  • Areas of interest Music, Physics, Creative Arts
  • Work Integrated Learning Simulation/Virtual
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Pat O'Grady
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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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 Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. communicate key theoretical concepts and principles pertaining to audio and music recording and production;
  2. explicate the sonic characteristics of music using correct technical terminologies;
  3. co-ordinate musicians, equipment and venue(s) and structure a music recording and production project to correct procedures;
  4. lead a group recording project applying a broad theoretical concepts and principles; and
  5. plan, document and critically evaluate a group recording project in a detailed log book.

Work Integrated Learning


This course gives students real world experience working in a professional recording studio on a series of projects preparing them for potential placement or employment.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1. Group Recording Project (25 minutes) (50) [LO 3,4,5]
  2. 2. Recording Project Log Book (1500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. 3. Multiple Choice/ Short Answer Exam Paper (1 hour) (30) [LO 1,2]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures or studio/laboratory workshops and 12 hours of seminars; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, writing and recording.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MUSI2209.

Prescribed Texts

- Bartlett, B. and Bartlett, J. (2016) Practical Recording Techniques - The Step by Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording. 7th Edition. Waltham, MA: Focal Press.
- Corey, J. (2016) Audio Production and Critical Listening. 2nd Edition. Burlington, MA: Focal Press.
- Huber, D. and Runstein, R. (2013) Modern Recording Techniques. 8th edn. Burlington, MA: Focal Press. 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5799 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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