Module code: MUSM050

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

MERMIKIDES MJ Dr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop and refine skills in recording and manipulating acoustic sound using a ‘home studio’ setup. The module facilitates a wide range of approaches including producing a seamlessly edited recording, audio and MIDI editing and sequencing, assembling separately recorded tracks and the creative use of advanced sampling techniques. The possible applications of this module range from producing a demo CD/showreel of performances or of instrumental compositions to entirely electro-acoustic works, informed by historical and contemporary practice.

Module aims

To develop and refine the practical skills necessary to record acoustic sound sources clearly and cleanly using a standard ‘home studio' setup.

To develop and refine the technical skills necessary for the creative manipulation and processing of recorded acoustic sound and MIDI data.

To foster an understanding of the history of creative studio techniques and current artists' work relevant to your own practice.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Record acoustic sound sources clearly and cleanly using a standard ‘home studio' setup. KPT
Make technical and creative use of the resources of Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) mixing and editing software. KCPT
Use recorded acoustic sound sources to create personalised sampled instruments. KCPT
Critically evaluate your work and that of current relevant artists. KCPT
Effective use the DAW as a compositional resource in a range of idioms KCPT
Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques/methodologies from historic and contemporary practice applicable to your work. KCPT
Analyse and operate in complex and unpredictable, possibly specialised contexts, and have an overview of the issues governing good practice. KCPT
Demonstrate technical expertise and perform smoothly with precision and effectiveness; be able to adapt skills and design or develop new skills or procedures for new situations. KCPT
Show originality in problem solving. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The following is an indication of the likely content of the module:

‪Audio recording, editing, sequencing and processing
Sample instrument use and creation
MIDI recording, editing, sequencing and processing
Effects, processing, mixing and mastering
Engagement with a range of electro-acoustic techniques based on historical and contemporary creative and technological practice and repertoire

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enhance students’ theoretical understanding of studio techniques as well as help develop their application of the module concepts in a way that is relevant to their creative practice.

The learning and teaching methods include:

The module consists of eleven two-hour lectures. The lectures will include theoretical and practical demonstrations of studio techniques.
Students will be expected to complete weekly tasks developing independent practical knowledge of the module concepts.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a proficiency in both technical skills and creative application in the field of studio techniques, relevant to their specific creative practice.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Portfolio (with supporting commentary) of studio projects that demonstrate an appropriate technical level and awareness of relevant studio techniques. (Learning outcomes 1-9)

Formative assessment

Weekly exercises (often based on historical and contemporary electronic works or approaches), which provide feedback on appropriate technical and creative skills.

(Learning outcomes 1-9)


Is provided via Surreylearn, tutorials and in-class discussion.

Reading list

Reading list for STUDIO TECHNIQUES :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.