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MUSC9007 - Recording Studio 1

Title:Recording Studio 1
Long Title:Recording Studio 1
Module Code:MUSC9007
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Next Review Date: February 2021
Module Coordinator: MARIA JUDGE
Module Author: HUGH MC CARTHY
Module Description: This module familiarises the learner with the recording studio environment and all of the equipment and software used therein, including professional DAWs, and various microphones and microphone techniques employed in the recording studio and field recording environments.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Produce a successful studio recording
LO2 Produce successful field recording projects
LO3 Use a DAW proficiently
LO4 Mix, master and edit recording projects to a high level
LO5 Use the equipment found within a recording studio for the production of a reasonable level recording project
LO6 Select appropriate microphones and microphone set-ups for various audio recording situations
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).

Some recording experience
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
Studio recording
Using the recording studio and its equipment in the production of reasonable level audio recording
Field Recording
Recording a number of live performances and mixing, editing and mastering them to a high level
Gaining experience in the use of several professional DAWs
Microphone Technique
Exploring the various microphones and microphone set-ups within the studio and field recording environments
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Produce a number of live performance recordings 2,3,4,5 30.0 Sem End
Project Produce a number of studio recordings 1,3,4,5,6 70.0 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
Lecture Studio work 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning (Non-contact) Field recording 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Lab Mixing, editing and mastering techniques 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Investigation of recording techniques 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Bob Katz 2014, Mastering Audio, Second Edition: The art and the science (Paperback), 3rd Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 978-024081896]
  • David Sonnenschein 2002, Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema (, Michael Wiese Productions [ISBN: [ISBN:# ISBN-10: 0941188264]]
  • Jeroen Breebaart and Christof Faller 2007, Spatial Audio Processing: MPEG Surround and Other Applications, Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: [ISBN:# ISBN-10: 0470033509]]
  • Loren Alldrin, George Petersen, and Michael Molendra 1998, The Home Studio Guide to Microphones, 1st ed Ed., Artistpro [ISBN: 0918371228]
  • David Miles Huber and Robert E. Runstein 2013, Modern Recording Techniques, 8th Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 978-024082157]
  • Francis Rumsey and Tim McCormick 2014, Sound and Recording: Applications and Theory, 7th ed Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 978-041584337]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GMUTE_9 Master of Arts in Music and Technology 1 Mandatory
CR_GMUST_9 Master of Science in Music and Technology 1 Mandatory

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