Core Module Information
Module title: Recording Studio Theory & Practice 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS07141
Module leader: Dave Hook
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Screen and Performance

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

You will achieve a basic level of competence in the use of industry standard software to record and mix audio. You will then use the DAW to record and mix in a studio environment. The module covers the following areas:

Theory: digital audio concepts, DAW components, microphone types and patterns
Software: use of a DAW to record, edit and mix audio
Recording: microphone techniques for drums, bass, guitar and vocals
Mixing: use of EQ, compression and effects.

Digital audio concepts include sample rate, bit depth and dynamic range.
DAW components include the computer, RAM, storage media, audio interfaces.
Microphone types include dynamic and condenser.
Effects will include reverb and delay.

Learning Outcomes for module:

completion of this module you will be able to:

LO1:Use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and associated resources to record musical performances in accordance with industry practice.

LO2: Use a DAW and associated resources to edit and mix musical performances in accordance with industry practice.

LO3: Select microphone types based on instruments, location and musical style

LO4: Reproduce established recording techniques for standard band instrumentation

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Dave Hook
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching consists of weekly classes either in the form of lectures or activity-based learning experiences in the recording studios and Music Lab. Studios for recording activities will be available throughout the period of this module allowing you to experiment with concepts covered in class content.

You will attend group classes involving theoretical discussion, practical application and some shared workshops and discussion with students studying the Performance Studies module. The shared workshops and discussions will explore the working relationship between these two disciplines focussing on professional etiquette and communication. (LOs 1, 2, 3 and 4)

Practical activities, demonstration and discussion regarding the uses of Digital Audio Workstations to record and mix audio will take place throughout the trimester. (LO's 1 and 2).

Lectures in Week 1 to 5 focus on the construction, characteristics and application of different microphones for a range of instruments. (LO 3).

Lectures and practical activities take place on a weekly basis ranging from microphone types and usage (Week 1-5), processing audio (Week 6-8), and mixing audio (Week 10-12). (LO 4).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment takes place at three points across the module.

Week 2: Recording Exercise 1 – tracking acoustic guitar
Week 4: Recording Exercise 2 – drum recording
Week 10: Mixing Exercise – mixing a multi-track recording

Summative Assessment:
Assessment one is summative; it takes place by week 8 of the module and contributes 40% of the overall mark. You will participate in a recording session between weeks 6 and 8, collaborating and coordinating with peers on the Performance Studies module. As part of a team, you will record a group of musicians. In week 8 you will present a 10-minute group evaluation and analysis of the recording process including a critique of the working relationship with your peers on the Performance Studies module. Your recording will be heard and submitted as part of this presentation. Completion of this assessment will contribute to the realisation of learning outcomes 1, 3 and 4.

Assessment two is summative; it takes place in week 12 of the module and contributes 60% of the overall mark. You will participate in a recording session, collaborating and coordinating with peers on the Performance Studies module. Within the studio environment you will share producing responsibilities with peers from all disciplines. Examiners will dip in to your recording at various stages to assess your professionalism during the process. Your DAW session will be submitted on the day of tracking for assessment against outcome 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 8
Independent Learning Fieldwork 8
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 40 1, 3, 4 8 HOURS= .20, WORDS= 0
Practical Skills Assessment 60 1, 2, 3, 4 14 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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