The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


In this course students will develop skills in studio and location-based sound production techniques applicable to radio production, video production, sound production, multimedia and other related communication operations. The course examines the practices of producers, engineers and sound designers beginning with basic acoustics, microphone types and techniques, various applications of mixing desks and signal paths, and moves on to the importance of monitoring and mixing and the use of signal processors. The course applies this knowledge to stereo and multi-track recording and editing techniques using a variety of sound equipment including digital software programs for sound production. It develops knowledge skills and techniques applicable to a variety of storage formats and recording systems common to media practice.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CMNS1130. Students who have successfully completed CMNS1130 are not eligible to enrol in CMNS2130.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply media and communication concepts to sound production problems faced by professional practitioners;

2. Select and use appropriate sound recording and post-production processes for professional sound production;

3. Demonstrate operational proficiency with recording and sound production facilities.


Topics covered include:

  1. Functions of producers, engineers and sound designers;
  2. Acoustics;
  3. Microphone type and usage;
  4. Mixing desks and signal paths;
  5. Stereo and multitrack recording and editing techniques;
  6. Use of digital software for sound production;
  7. Recording on location and in studio environments;
  8. Monitoring and Mixing;
  9. Signal Processing;
  10. Storage formats and systems


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed CMNS1130.

Assumed knowledge

CMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production and CMNS1240 Mobile Media Making.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz - 10%

Professional Task: Production Brief - 25%

Professional Task: Mix Audio Files - 25%

Project: Major Project -40%

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction (equipment usage).

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks starting in week 1