Full Title:Mastering
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:52895
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to give students an understanding of the aesthetic, conceptual and technical requirements in post-production processing of audio for commercial release.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Evaluate mixed tracks as to their suitability for commercial release
  2. Critique a series of recordings to comprise an album
  3. Configure studio equipment for mastering purposes
  4. Interpret best practice procedures and protocols
  5. apply tools and techniques used in post-production environments
  6. prepare mixed recordings for distribution on a variety of media

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Monitor calibration Room Acoustics for Mastering
Level Matching Normalisation
Dynamics, Equalisation, Noise Reduction, Stereo Field
Mixing for Mastering
Stem Mastering
Digital Processing
Dither, Jitter, Bit Rates
Release Medium
Preparing material for distribution media including: CD, Digital (iTunes, mp3), Vinyl
Critical Listening
Evaluating commercial recordings as to the techniques used, and efficacy of such.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work70.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Portfolio Comprising a series of mixed recordings that have been processed and sequenced to a post-production standard. These should be accompanied by documentation explaining the tools and techniques used and justification for such. 1,2,3,4,5,6 70.00 100 40 Week 12 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam Exam on the theory and practice behind post-production. 3,4,5,6 30.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study No Description 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Directed Reading No Description 1.42 Every Week 1.42
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • B. Katz 2007, Mastering Audio, 2 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240808376]
  • M. Cousins 2013, Practical Mastering, 1 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240523705]
  • Waddell, G. 2013, Complete Audio Mastering: Practical Techniques, 1 Ed., McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing [ISBN: 9780071819572]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 8 Mandatory