Full Title:Production Project 2 PR 2014
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC M8080
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to deepen the production experience of the students by building on the fundamental framework introduced in Production Project 1. This is to be achieved through the integration of two principle points of focus. Firstly, the importance, impact and use of acoustic drums in modern music productions and secondly, the influence and implementation of instrumentation-specific musical parts appropriate for the Production. Also the constituent elements of a modern drum kit are examined, as are tuning issues and appropriate recording methodologies. The student will gain experience analysing and creating their own Drum Patterns as a pre-production aid for their project.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Propose and implement instrument specific parts for the Production in conjunction with the associated musicians.
  2. Analyze and discriminate between appropriate and inappropriate sound object and sound event qualities in the context of a given Production intent.
  3. Construct bars and beats based drum charts in 4/4, 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures by both analysing existing patterns and composing new patterns.
  4. Manage the setting up, tuning and fundamental sound quality of a drum kit.
  5. Create 'pre-production' Drum tracks in the DAW environment using 'real' acoustic drum samples incorporating a production specific and pre-determined drum pattern.
  6. Develop the production to draft mix status over a series of carefully considered and critically analyzed recording sessions.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Being Producer
Production Communications. Discussions and agreements with the production team. Defining the Project contents and target level. Directing the Production. Potential avenues of exploration for the musical direction. Developing empathy with the musicians.
Musical Phrases for the Production
Defining the elements of the production. Selecting and defining roles through exploration for each production element. Examination and familiarisation of the chord sequence for the music. Communication of 'musical phrase' ideas and concepts to the musicians. Assigning specific phrases to instrument types, categories or groups.
Contextualised Assessment.
Sound and Performance quality in context with the aspirations of the production. Determining the most appropriate time signature and tempo for the particular situation.
The Acoustic Drum Kit
An overview of the fundamental elements and characteristics of the Drum Kit, Assembling a standard Drum Kit, Replacing and Tuning Drum Shell heads.
Tempos and Grooves
Analysing, Creating and Notating classic Drum Patterns, Building 'Grid' based Drum Patterns using pre-recorded samples of individual drums, working with a range of time signatures (4/4, 3/4 and 6/8)
Recording Drums and Cymbals
Drum-Specific microphone selections and physical placements, Capturing high quality audio samples of individual drums and cymbals, Sound Replacement techniques, Recording Drum performances as part of a production, essential additional instrumentation for tracking, working with and with out click tracks.
Evaluating the Drummer's performances.
Contextual evaluation of drumming performances, identifying synergy, macro and micro ‘best comp’ editing across multiple audio drum tracks.
The Kick Drum/Bass Guitar relationship
Masking, complimentary Equalisation, achieving 'ducking' using Side-Chain compression
Drum Specific application of Equalisation
Locating the fundamental frequency and the major overtones of individual drums, linking the language commonly used to describe drum sounds and the perception of these sounds, using Equalisation to, enhance clarity and separation, minimise extraneous noise and reduce specific resonances, compensate for proximity effect.
Comparative referencing
Essential Listening. Referencing sounds, performances, genres, lyrical links. The sounds of particular eras. Comparisons with own production materials.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Portfolio A document that presents the various factual, developmental, reflective, implementation and creative aspects of the production process. 1,3,5 20.00 0 0 Sem 2 End 0
Project The production of an original song, or a novel rework of an existing production, to include an acoustic drum kit as a major component. 1,3,5 80.00 0 0 Week 14 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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
Tutorial No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study No Description 6.84 Every Week 6.84
Directed Reading No Description 7.00 Every Week 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 20.84
Total Weekly Contact Hours 7.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • B Owsinski, The Drum Recording Handbook, MixBooks [ISBN: HLMB003330]
  • D M Huber and R E Runstein 2009, Modern Recording Techniques, 7th Ed Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240810690]
  • T Lubin 2009, Getting Great Sounds: The Microphone Book, Hal Leonard [ISBN: ISBN: HLMB003129]
  • B Owsinski 2009, The Recording Engineer’s Handbook, 2nd Ed Ed., Delmar [ISBN: 9781598638677]
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 4 Mandatory