Full Title:Mixing Fundamentals PR 2014
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC M8086
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to develop the student’s ability to produce competent mixes of multi-track recording sessions. It is progressive in approach and unfolds into a complexity of workflow that demands organisational and discrimination skills. A sustaining theme will be the comparative analysis between commercial product and the students’ own work in order to establish perspective and standardized referencing.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Carry out 'pre-mix' preparation strategies on a previously recorded multi-track recording session.
  2. Apply principles of multi-track mixing to a session containing rhythmic, harmonic and vocal elements in the production of a first draft mix.
  3. Modify the spectral, dynamic and spatial aspects of individual, grouped and global audio elements to generate a progressive series of mixes that collectively demonstrate development of the draft mix to a final version of the mix.
  4. Document and discuss the quality of their own mixes as perceived on different playback systems in different listening situations compared to commercially produced mixes of similar genre music.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The attributes of a professional mix.
Clarity, depth, energy, coherence, spectral breadth, relative volume levels and relative spectral content, the integration of effects, the role of the various instruments and voices.
Monitoring and Reference Audio Material
Familiarization with, and cognisance of, the main sonic characteristics of the listening environment. Using reference audio material to establish spectral alignment of mix.
Audio Materials Management
Content importing and auditioning. Editing. Phase integrity and alignment. Issues of Compliment, Dis-chord, Complication, Redundancy.
First Draft Mix
Setting the relative volume levels of the different instruments to achieve a working 'mix in progress', evaluation.
Creating a Sound Field
Manipulating instrument positioning in the stereo and surround stages.
Spectral considerations
Familiarization with the basic frequency content/range of the various instruments, allocating instruments to specific sections of the frequency domain, similarities between instruments, major differences in frequency balance.
Controlling dynamics
Manipulation of both individual and grouped source dynamic contours to achieve greater integration of perceived performance.
Spatial enhancement
Reverberation, real and artificial, ambiance, delays, chorus, panning.
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
Project Prepare the Audio and Session materials of a production for the mixing process. 1 15.00 0 0 Week 4 0
Project The generation of a First Draft stereo mix of previously prepared audio from a multi-track recording session. This mix is to be confined to the blending of individual fader level adjustments only, no addition processing is to be used at this stage and accompanied with a 200 word critical assessment of the mix including suggestions as to how it may be improved. 2 20.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Project The iterative development of the First Draft mix over a series of incremental stages to a final mix conclusion, involving the use of Equalisation, Compression and Reverberation processing. 3 40.00 0 0 Week 12 0
Reflective Journal A Reflective Journal that includes a critique of the 'mix' artifact at each stage of its development and as a consequence, offers a mix development statement to be subsequently implemented. The overarching backdrop for this reflection is the critically comparison of the student's work with that of a similar genre work that has been professionally produced. 1,2,3,4 25.00 0 0 End of Year 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
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 4.42 Every Week 4.42
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • R Izhaki 2008, Mixing audio, Concepts, Practices and Tools, Focal press [ISBN: ISBN: 9780240520681]
  • B Owsinski 2006, The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, 2nd Ed. Ed., Course Technology Inc. [ISBN: ISBN: 9781598632514]]
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 6 Mandatory