SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1H620638
Module Leader Adam Craig
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Audio Engineering
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module is designed to introduce students to the professional audio recording environment, and to provide them with both an understanding of technical issues relating to professional sound production, and practical experience in use of analogue and digital recording equipment. Subsequently, students will be able to operate professional recording equipment, understand sound recording and mixing principles, and specify audio recording systems. Students will also develop an understanding of studio etiquette and will develop skills to effectively work on a collaborative recording project with an appropriate level of professionalism.


Introduction to professional studio configurations, the role of individual hardware and software elements and the audio signal chain. Audio interface standards, balanced lines. System diagrams. Studio based multi-track recording, input hardware and routing, controlling and maintaining sound quality, outboard equipment, metering. Digital audio workstation software, digital and analogue mixers / control surfaces, an introduction to the use of outboard and software plug-in processing. Studio etiquette and the roles of the people involved in the recording process. Cable soldering and basic equipment maintenance. Microphone placement for professional recording, polar responses, frequency response mechanical characteristics, impedance matching. Critical listening. Indicative assessment: -360b7 Practical studio operation test 20% b7 Group recording assignment 40% b7 Individual recording assignment 40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1.Operate professional analogue and digital audio recording equipment, and undertaken microphone placement, signal manipulation and processing for recorded sources.2.Specify interconnection and signal routing requirements of professional recording environments, including use of appropriate interfacing standards.3.Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts underpinning audio production and apply them in the recording and post production mixing of audio sources.4.Demonstrate an understanding of the key issues relating to studio care, and undertake basic maintenance of cabling and equipment.5.Understand the key aspects of critical listening and critically assess the subjective quality of recordings.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The University 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. Lectures and tutorials will cover the theoretical principles underpinning the module. To allow a degree of personalised learning to take place, full class lectures and tutorials will be replaced by video presentations where appropriate following a flipped classroom model. Laboratory sessions will be for developing practical skills, and illustrating technical issues raised in the lectures. A range of learning activities will be delivered to engage students, and 'real-world' practical problem solving activities will be employed to encourage divergent thinking. Opportunities for collaboration, challenge and experimentation will be provided to promote deeper learning, and self- and peer-assessment will encourage interaction and discussion around projects . A group assessment and focus in the module on studio etiquette will provide an opportunity for students to explore the professional aspects that are vital for a role in the recording industry. All supporting module material will be available on the University VLE to facilitate flexible learning. Feedback will be provided for all assessments in line with the university feedback policy.

Indicative Reading

Books Rumsey, F. and McCormick, T. (2014) Sound and Recording: Application and Theory. 7 th ed. Focal Press, ISBN: 978-0415843379 Ballou, G. (2015) Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5 th ed. Focal Press, ISBN: 978-0415842938 Ballou, G (2009) A Sound Engineers Guide to Audio Test and Measurement, ISBN: 978-0240812656 Focal Press Huber, D. M and Runstein, R. E. (2013) Modern Recording Techniques, 8 th Edition, Focal Press, ISBN: 978-0240821573 Senior, M (2014) Recording Secrets for the Small Studio, focal Press, ISBN: 978-0415716703 Lellis, C. (2013) Music Production: Recording A Guide for Producers, Engineers, and Musicians, Focal Press, ISBN: 978-0240522739 Journals Organised Sound Journal: Cambridge University Press Popular Music Journal: Cambridge University Press

Transferrable Skills

Specialist knowledge and application, Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication skills, written, oral and listening, Computer literacy, Self confidence, Awareness of strengths and weaknesses, Knowledge of international affairs, Appreciating and desiring the need for continuing professional development, Reliability, integrity, Ability to prioritise tasks and time management (organising and planning work), Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Practical