MUSC U8148 - The Digital Audio Workstation

Full Title:The Digital Audio Workstation
Module Code:MUSC U8148
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2009/10 ( September 2009 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module offers the student a comprehensive study of the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)in terms of the recording software and its associated hardware. The student will learn to engineer, edit, mix and manage recording sessions that extend to multi-track recordings of medium sized ensembles. Focus is also on introducing students to MIDI.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Apply the concepts and fundamentals of digital recording and non-linear editing.
  2. Execute a multi-track recording session in the DAW environment using recording software, MIDI and associated interfacing hardware.
  3. Construct a sound sample from a raw audio file through selection, trimming, fading and consolidation.
  4. Implement fundamental computer based recording session 'house keeping' and managerial tasks, introductory multi-track mixing and stereo bounce down operations.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
DAW recording system overview
Basic concepts and terminology of recording software and associated hard ware.
Interface variants, features and specifications.
Working with sessions
Creation, configuration, title categorization, general management, production stage variants and back-ups.
Audio recording
Configuration of tracks for recording, setting levels, creating playlists, loop record, recording modes, latency issues.
Importing Media into session
Source material sample rate and bit depth, sample rate conversion, using the 'work space'.
MIDI recording
Setting up the grid, general MIDI issues, configuration of MIDI equipment.
Selecting and navigating
General manipulation of regions and the time line.
Editing techniques
Selecting, trimming, fading, 'smart' tool.
Mixing in the digital domain
Using the master track, time delay compensation, plug-ins, internal bus routing, routing to external equipment.
Back up
General strategy for the safe storage and retrieval of session data and audio materials.
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
Practical/Skills Evaluation Execution, organisation and management of an eight track recording assignment incorporating MIDI and a basic stereo mix down for the production of a CD with in the DAW environment. None 50.00 0 0 Week 14 0
Project Sound Sample Generation and filing. None 20.00 0 0 Week 4 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 End-of-Semester Final Examination None 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 Theories, concepts and methodologies. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical Hands on experience using a DAW as a recording, editing and mixing environment. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Group discussions to work through application specific issues when working in the DAW environment. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 4.42 Every Week 4.42
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Digidesign 2007, Pro Tools 101 Official Courseware, 2nd Ed., Course Technology PTR [ISBN: 9781598634242]
  • M Collins 2009, Pro Tools 8 Music Production, Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240520759]
  • C Leider 2004, Digital Audio Workstation, 1st Ed. [ISBN: 9780071422864]
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 1 Mandatory