The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 3 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. 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 accurately.

2. 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.

3. Employ digital editing techniques (through software). This is a relevant topic as digital recording technology becomes increasingly prevalent and accessible.


Course 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

Assessment items

In Term Test: Theory Exam

Practical Demonstration: Audio Mixdown

Practical Demonstration: Acoustic Recording