SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H623536
Module Leader Steven Walters
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Audio Engineering
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Sound Production 1

Summary of Content

This module is designed to advance students' understanding of issues underpinning professional audio systems, and extend their practical experience in the use of professional recording equipment. Students will be introduced to more advanced music production techniques and will enhance their technical skills in the operation of professional recording equipment in the context of both stereo and surround sound. Opportunities for developing recording skills outside of a controlled studio setting will also be presented.


Advanced studio recording techniques including advanced microphone placement, multi-instrument recording, noise rejection, dynamic range enhancement. Advanced use of recording hardware and digital audio workstation software for playlists, edits, control groups, mix groups, side-chain processing, and automation. Advanced studio production including use of Autotune, Parallel and series compression and Advanced Reverb techniques. Location recording techniques and problems associated with recording in an uncontrolled acoustic environment Evaluation and implementation of surround sound recording techniques. Consideration of different mixing strategies for surround sound. Technical aspects of synchronising sound to picture. Indicative assessment: -360b7 Recording project with report . 50% b7 Sound for picture project with report. 50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1.Operate professional audio recording and mixing technologies to an advanced level, and deploy key music production techniques effectively to a high commercial production standard.2.Demonstrate an understanding of advanced recording practice and apply established and appropriate recording techniques that will be transferrable to an industrial setting.3.Perform multitrack recording, and post production mixing of multiple digital audio and MIDI sources - including configuration of input and output hardware and software systems.4.Evaluate and carry out different approaches to stereo and 5.1 surround sound for music production and sound for picture.5.Demonstrate and understand the critical factors involved in location recording and carry out a number of recordings in less acoustically controlled settings.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The University 'Strategy for Learning' documentation has informed the learning and teaching strategy for this module. In lectures and tutorials students will be presented with the theory of operation and use of recording and mixing technologies. 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. Practical sessions will provide students with the opportunity to extend the range of practical skills already gained on the programme. Discussion and practical examples around recording techniques and relevant theory will aim to engage and promote deep learning. A range of practical exercises will be given to illustrate advanced music production concepts and 'real-world' practical problem solving activities will be employed in both studio and location recording settings to encourage divergent thinking. As part of the module consists of working out on location, student will hone their professionalism and leadership skills when planning and carrying out recordings. 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 Tozzoli, R. (2011) Pro Tools: Surround Sound Mixing, Hal Leonard Books, ISBN: 978-1458400390 Holman, T. (2008) Surround sound: up and running, 2 nd ed. Focal Press, ISBN: 978-0240808291 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
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

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