Full Title:Recording Techniques and Technologies
Module Code:SNDT H9Z03
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module focuses on the processes involved in gathering meaningful source materials that will form the substance of a major recording session, all with in the reference to a particular musical directive. Stages of project development culminate in a substantive body of work with the potential to proceed to a full mix consideration.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. a) Establish and execute an effective ‘multi-track’ recording session methodology with appropriate attention to health & safety issues.
  2. b) Demonstrate an understanding of the technologies required.
  3. c) Capture, both musically and technically competent, material performances for the session.
  4. d) Evaluate both Sound Object and Sound Event qualities both ‘pre’ and ‘post’ recording.
  5. e) Generate a representative ‘first draft’ mix of the multi track session for evaluation.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Recording Studio as a creative environment.
Music production session management.
Communications issues between performing musicians and technical personnel.
Core and emerging recording technologies, their main characteristics and integration within the studio system.
Audio signal metering systems and conventions.
Musical performance evaluation.
Monitoring systems.
Control room and ‘live performance’ room acoustic properties.
Sound quality evaluation
Dynamics, equalisation and spatial signal processing concepts.
Equipment interconnection conventions and cabling.
Health & safety issues
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
Continuous Assessment n/a None 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
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
Directed Reading n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecture n/a 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Rumsey, F., Sound and Recording, Focal Press, 2002
  • Huber, D.M., Modern Recording Techniques, Focal Press,2001
  • Supplementary Author, Title, Publisher, Date, Edition.
  • Bartlet, B, Practical Recording Techniques, Focal Press, 2002
  • Whitsett, The Professional Microphone Technician, Intertec
  • Rumsey, F, Desktop Audio Technology, Focal Press
  • Bartlet, J, On Location Recording Techniques, Focal Press
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HMUSC_R Master of Arts/Master of Science in Music Technology 1 Mandatory