Studio Sound Techniques

10 Units

This course will provide students with an understanding of the principles of sound, improved aural discernment, and operational skills in the digital audio domain as applied to the requirements of a modern music recording studio. Students will develop a good comprehension of fundamental sound theory by studying a range of topics that may include acoustic principles, psychoacoustics, the human ear, etc. Emphasis is placed on improving the students aural aptitude and ability to produce a musical sound when working with digital material. Editing and processing music using digital audio editing software is also addressed. (Students will be required to have access to an approved audio editing software package in order to complete assessment tasks.)

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Creative Arts
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

By the end of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. demonstrate the ability to competently using digital audio editing software;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of digital audio signal flow and gain structure;
  3. have obtained an understanding of common types of audio processing using software;
  4. have improved their aural perceptivety with regards to editing music digitally;
  5. possess a good understanding of digital audio theory, acoustics, and psychoacoustics;
  6. demonstrate the ability to use email, access web-based resources and to participate in electronic discussion groups.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Computer configuration for use with audio recording
  • Audio editing applications and techniques
  • Digital signal flow and gain structure
  • Aural perceptivety
  • Sound theory including acoustics and the ear
  • Digital processing techniques
Replacing Course(s) This course replaces no existing courses. No courses offered within the University provides a similar focus on Music Technology applications at postgraduate level. This course will have no impact on other Faculties or Schools.
Transition This course requires no transitional arrangements.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Students undertaking this course are required to have minimum levels of computer literacy and musical ability as necessary for entry into the Master of Music Technology and Graduate Certificate in Music Technology programs. No additional assumed knowledge is required. (Further details of the levels expected are available from the program convener.)
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
External Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: On-line - Assessment Item #1 (30% of total assessment) - This assessment will be in the form of an online test. It will require answers to be completed using an Internet Browser which may include (but are not limited to) short answers and multiple choice questions. Questions may include the use of visual and aural musical material (for examples MP4 files). Questions will be selected from the topics studied in the first few weeks of the trimester.
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - Assessment Item #4 (10% of total assessment) - Students will need to provide evidence of online class participation and activities from throughout the duration of the trimester. The summary should include evidence about the frequency, content and relevancy of their online contributions. This may include information from discussion forms, virtual chats sessions, email communication, etc.
  • Other: (please specify) - Assessment Item #3 (30% of total assessment) - Students will need to produce musical audio material of high quality. This may require the mixdown and mastering of audio material using digital audio editing software. The material will submitted in a suitable high quality medium (for example, CD, DVD, etc) and be at a level communsurate with commercial standards.
  • Other: (please specify) - Assessment Item #2 (30% of total assessment) - Students will be required to produce audio material using digital audio editing software. The material may include (but is not limited to) the mixdown and arrangement of pre-recorded audio material, and the processing of audio material using specific audio editing techniques. Audio file(s) will be submitted accompanied by support documentation (if required).
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for MTEC6703

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