MUSC U8151 - Studio Environment

Full Title:Studio Environment
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:MUSC U8151
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to give the student an introduction to the procedural, technical and physical aspects of a typical recording studio and its associated performance spaces. It aims to further the student’s understanding of the operation and configuration of large format mixing consoles and basic electronic principles governing the selection, configuration and interconnection of equipment in the studio.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Summarise the technical and physical infrastructure and the principle equipment interconnections of a professional recording studio.
  2. Differentiate between the desired acoustic requirements for the control room and those for the performances spaces.
  3. Configure a Large Format console for recording, overdubbing, mixing and tracking session communications.
  4. Demonstrate best practice procedures and protocols for behavior in the studio, managing a recording session, equipment & inventory management
  5. Use basic electronic measurement techniques and analyse the resulting output
  6. Assess a basic schematic diagram.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Technical architecture of a Recording Studio
The core machine/equipment requirements and interconnections of a recording studio control room.
Acoustic considerations
The preferred acoustic characteristics for the control room and the performance spaces, acoustic treatment requirement. Overview of large format mixing console topology s and options, variable acoustics. Channel strip and control section feature sets, direct and group routing, communication strategies, inputs & outputs Source connection options, patch bay configurations, Auxillary sends, insert/return.
Equipment and interconnection standards: xlr/rca/TT/BNC etc. Measurement and visualization of audio signals. Principles of AC, DC, voltage, current, power resistance, reactance, impedance. Units of Measurement: Decibel, VU, volts, amps, resistance. Basic Maintenance: Soldering, basic measurements and fault finding.
Metering and conventions
VU, PPM, dBs, Phase, Spectrum Analysis. Digital and Analogue metering conventions
Roles & duties of producer, engineer and assistants in the studio. Health & Safety in the studio: listening levels, duration, ear protection. Practical experience of individual studio roles (through mentoring system )
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Proficiency in the setting up and operation of a large format console for recording, overdubbing and mixing 3 25.00 0 0 Week 10 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation "System Fault Finding", Configure Test and Repair a typical system setup, as specified. Producing basic configuration documentation and equipment lists None 15.00 0 0 Week 12 0
Class Test "Using Signals" a practical exercise to support class delivered theory None 10.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Written Report Observation of studio production practice in action accompanied with a critical report that compares and contrasts what has been observed with acknowledged best practice methods. 1,2,3,4 10.00 0 0 Week 14 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 n/a 1,2,3,4,5,6 40.00 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 Theory and procedural topics content delivery. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical Hands on experience of studio and electronic equipment. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Analysis and calculations relating to relevant theoretical issues. 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 12.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • R. Izhaki 2011, Mixing audio, Concepts, Practices and Tools, 2 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240522227]
  • P. Newell 2011, Recording Studio Design, 3 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240522401]
  • B. Bartlett 2012, Practical Recording Techniques, 6 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780240821535]
  • Hechtman 2007, Audio Wiring Guide, How to wire the most popular audio and video connectors, Elsvier Science & technology Books [ISBN: 9780240520063]
  • McCartney, T. 2004, Recording Studio Technology , Maintenance and Repairs, McGraw-Hill Professional [ISBN: 9780071427265]
Recommended 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 2 Mandatory