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MUSC6001 - Music & Technology 1-2

Title:Music & Technology 1-2
Long Title:Music & Technology 1-2
Module Code:MUSC6001
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: HUGH MC CARTHY
Module Description: Recording & Sequencing Basics. This module introduces the learner to the recording studio, its environment, equipment and procedures; and also begins the manipulation and editing of audio material using computer platforms.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify and describe the principal features of the Recording Studio and its equipment.
LO2 Operate a digital recording desk at a basic level.
LO3 Edit and manipulate digital audio files using a computer platform.
LO4 Utilise digital audio software to realise basic electroacoustic compositions.
LO5 Present digital audio work in CD format.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Recording Studio Environment
The layout and workflow of the Recording Studio, the live room, control room. Operating the physical audio desk. Basic microphone deployment. Health & Safety in the Studio.
Recording Equipment
Microphones, cables and connectors, Recording Desk, DAWs, digital media devices, routing, file storage & backup.
Types of Audio
Digital & analogue audio media, digital codecs and file compression. File management and backup protocols.
Audio editing and compositing
Use of basic audio software to perform editing and manipulation of digital audio. Using Midi and DAWs as audio compositing and electroacoustic composition tools.
Midi basics
Hardware midi protocols, soft & virtual instruments, midi controllers.
CD production
Techniques for compiling audio material in CD format.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Computer-based Audio/MIDI Project 3,4,5 25.0 Week 6
Project Recording Studio-Based Project 1,2,5 25.0 Week 8
Project Computer-based Audio/MIDI Project 3,4,5 25.0 Week 12
Project Recording Studio-Based Project 1,2,5 25.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Atelier Session in the Recording Studio 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Atelier Lecture in Audio Lab 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Individual Study & Project Work 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Paul White, David Meade & Robbie Gladwell 2002, Studio Recording Basics A (Basic Mixing Techniques, Effects & Processors, Multitracking & Mixers), 1st Ed., Sanctuary England [ISBN: 978-1860744730]
  • Paul White, David Meade, Robbie Gladwell 2002, Studio Recording Basics B (Basic Home Studio Design, Microphones, Midi & Mastering), 1st Ed., Sanctuary England [ISBN: 978-1860744785]
  • Ken Greenebaum (Editor), Ronen Barzel (Editor) 2004, Audio Anecdotes, A K Peters/CRC Press [ISBN: 978-1568811048]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 2 Mandatory
CR_GMUSC_8 Bachelor of Music (Honours) 2 Mandatory

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