Sound Engineering

Course code MUSI2701Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

This course serves as an introduction to music recording and editing using digital technology. Students will gain a good comprehension of the fundamentals of sound engineering enabling them to operate a small to medium sized recording system. The development of aural perception is a focus in addition to the fostering of good editing technique. The capturing of voice and musical instruments is examined from the perspective of home studio recording. Students from across the University may enroll in this course as an elective.

Available in 2015

Newcastle City PrecinctSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course the student will be expected to:

- understand the operation and function of basic studio recording equipment (including audio recording software). Particular attention is given to signal flow and the recording process. Skills in this area are essential for the development of good, well-balanced recordings, reproducing the instrument as closely as possible.

- use and identify microphone types, pickup patterns and placement on various musical instruments. This is important so as to obtain a natural reproduction. The student will also develop their understanding on the characteristics of various music instruments.

- employ digital editing techniques (through software). This is a relevant topic as digital recording technology becomes increasingly prevalent and accessible.
ContentCourse content may include (but is not limited to):

- Signal flow
- Audio recording/editing software
- Computer audio interfaces
- Portable recording equipment
- Fundamental sound theory
- Acoustic principles
- Mixing techniques
- Effects plugins
- Equalisation
- Microphones and miking techniques
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassTheory Exam – Students will undertake an assessment of their knowledge of the subject areas studied via a short theory test.
Other: (please specify)Audio Mixdown - Using pre-recorded audio material, students will produce an audio mixdown (using software) demonstrating their aural awareness and editing ability. The mixdown should also involve the use of plugins in order to achieve a well balanced mix.
Other: (please specify)Acoustic Recording - Students will utilise audio recording equipment (including microphones) to capture a small music performance (e.g. of a solo artist or duo ensemble). The aim is to achieve good recording levels with suitable tonal qualities. Software processing techniques should be employed to edit the recording into a stereo mix.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MUSI2701