Music

Studio Recording

Module code: W3080
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework

This two-fold module examines recording techniques in the modern recording studio. Microphone types and recording strategies are considered alongside a thorough introduction to both analogue and digital mixing. You'll explore different historical styles of recording across a range of genres and engage in hands-on exploration of practical approaches to multi-track recording.

The module aims to introduce you to studio production techniques from preparation to post-production, emphasising appropriate workflow, and covering basic mixing and mastering techniques for finalising tracks for distribution. You will record and mix a musical piece of your choice as part of this module's assessment.

Module learning outcomes

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the complete studio signal chain
  • describe the different microphone types and demonstrate a working knowledge of microphone recording techniques
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of mixing, mastering and post-production
  • summarise key ideas in the theory of digital music production and describe how technology has evolved since the birth of the recording studio