The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course provides students with skills and knowledge of digital audio recording, microphones and miking techniques, editing and mastering. Students will gain proficiency in areas of emerging technologies pertinent to the professional music industry and obtain an understanding of practical applications within the context of real world scenarios.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Use current digital audio hardware and software for recording music in a studio context.

2. Demonstrate the effective use of microphone techniques.

3. Apply a knowledge of digital audio mixing and editing to a creative recording project.

4. Create a high quality multitrack audio recording using industry standard equipment.


Topics covered will include:

  • Digital Audio hardware
  • Digital Audio Software
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) communications
  • Microphones and Miking Techniques
  • Editing Practices and Conventions
  • Mixing techniques
  • Equalisation
  • Effects and Plugins
  • Audio Mastering techniques

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that students will have completed Foundations in Digital Music and Media (MUSI1705) (or equivalent) before enrolling in this course.

Assessment items

Proposal / Plan: Recording project Proposal - 25%

Practical Demonstration: Demonstration of Microphone Recording Techniques - 35%

Project: Original Multitrack Audio Recording - 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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


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