Module code: TON2019

Module provider

Music and Media

Module Leader

FLINDT RM Mr (Music & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Lecture Hours: 44

Seminar Hours: 44

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PRESENTATION 10
Coursework RADIO ADVERT 12

Alternative Assessment

N/A This module is core and will require you to pass every unit of assessment with a mark of at least 40%.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

HE4 Audio Engineering and Recording Techniques A & B

Module overview

This module is intended to introduce you to a more detailed study of microphone placement and studio layouts for a variety of genres, running both classical and pop studio recording sessions, making music recordings on location and compiling a selection of your own recordings with the aim of presenting a portfolio for assessment towards the end of the year. Additionally, you will be introduced to the processes specific to recording and producing sound for film and TV.

Module aims

To continue the introduction to professional audio from the first year course and develop your technical and operational abilities in preparation for PTP.

To provide a forum for constructive criticism and discussion of your recordings and those of other 2B students in the form of a weekly seminar.

To give experience of planning and executing the recording of live concerts and supervising assistants as part of the duty recording rota.

To introduce the processes and tasks involved in the recording and post production of sound for picture and to give some practical experience in this field.

To introduce the concepts and skills involved in mastering a CD for a variety of genres of music.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Describe the microphone placement and studio layouts necessary to make high quality professional recordings KCP
Plan and execute studio sessions to record, mix and edit a short radio advert, a multi- tracked pop track and a classical recording KCPT
Plan and execute a large scale recording on location) KPT
Mark up a musical score for editing using typical notation and use this to edit a classical session KP
Use digital editing facilities to produce a master copy to a high standard KP
Assess the technical and operational quality of recordings of any type of music KP
Describe the steps needed to ensure that a recording session is safe K
Supervise a small team of junior students and contribute to their training PT
Describe the process of recording sound on film location, and the subsequent processes involved in adding sound to picture K
Assess the EQ and other processing necessary to match ADR to the original location sound on a film recording ( KP
Plan and execute the recording of Foley FX to a film soundtrack, paying attention to all the artistic and technical attributes of the sounds needed to make them believable KP
Transferable subject knowledge KPT
Group work PT
Leadership skills PT
Time management PT
Person management PT
Problem solving PT
Presentation skills KPT
Choice and operation of audio signal processing tools KPT

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 topics to be covered:


• Detailed study of the microphones available in the department

• Skills needed for running a recording session smoothly

• Studio layouts and microphone placement for pop recording, small classical ensembles, big band, TV and film orchestral recording

• Editing a classical session

• Pop mixing and signal processing

• Making recordings on location

• Sound recording on location and ADR

• Foley recording

• Film post-production processes

• Mastering and compiling a selection of recordings

• Live pop recording for broadcast with time constraints

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: develop your skills in audio recording and post-production techniques for the music recording and broadcast industries. It will also provide you with opportunities for discussion and debate.


The learning and teaching methods include:


• One two-hour lecture for approximately 16 weeks

• Preparation and delivery of class presentations

• One two-hour microphone demonstration workshop

• One one-hour listening seminar per week for 20 weeks to include discussion and feedback

• Recording experience gained from duty engineer rota and self-directed recordings

• Coursework assignments and feedback

• Workshops given by visiting professionals

• Simulated ‘live’ broadcast music session



Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

Competence in recording and post-production skills in a variety of music genres, speech recording and film and TV dubbing
Skills in researching and presenting a technical topic in a coherent way

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

•      Coursework 1 - Class presentation on an assigned research topic (addresses learning outcome 1)

•      Coursework 2 - Radio advert creation and realisation (addresses learning outcomes 1,2,5,7,8)

•      Coursework 3 - Film sound post-production assignment (addresses learning outcomes 9-11)

•      Coursework 4 - Portfolio of music recordings (addresses learning outcomes 1-8)

Formative  assessment

There are no formal formative assessment components for this module, but formative feedback will be given to you in weekly listening sessions, in tutorials, during operational workshops, and following the assessment of your coursework submissions. Additionally, there are specific opportunities for formative feedback in optional practical exercises.


You will receive written feedback on your coursework submissions alongside verbal feedback and feed forward in operational workshops and listening sessions.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) BSc (Hons)/BMus (Hons)(CORE) Year-long Core Each unit of assessment must be passed at 40% to pass the module

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.