Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
TON2019
Module Provider:
Music and Media
Level:
HE2
Number of Credits:
30
Module Title:
RECORDING TECHNIQUES
Module Co-ordinator:
HAIGH C Mrs (Music & Med)
 
 
ECTS Credits
15

Module Availability

Academic Year (Semester 1 and 2)

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkPresentation10
CourseworkRadio Advert12
CourseworkFilm Sound Post-Production23
CourseworkProtfolio Of Music Recordings55

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Qualifying  condition(s)

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

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 small selection 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.

Prerequisites/Co-requisites

HE4 Audio Engineering and Recording Techniques A & B

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

At the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Describe the microphone placing and studio layouts necessary to make high quality professional recordings.
  • Plan and execute studio sessions to record, mix and edit a short radio advert, a multi-tracked pop track and a classical recording.
  • Plan and execute a large-scale recording on location.
  • Mark up a musical score for editing using typical notation and use this to edit a classical session
  • Use digital editing facilities to produce a master copy to a high standard.
  • Assess the technical and operational quality of recordings of any type of music.
  • Describe the steps needed to ensure that a recording session is safe.
  • Supervise a small team of junior students and contribute to their training.
  • Describe the process of recording sound on film location, and the subsequent processes involved in adding sound to picture.
  • Assess the EQ and other processing necessary to match ADR to the original location sound on a film recording.
  • Plan and execute the recording of Foley FX to a film sound track, paying attention to all the artistic and technical attributes of the sounds needed to make them believable.

In addition, you will have demonstrated the following professional and transferable skills:

•     Transferable subject knowledge (T,P,K)

•     Group work (T, P)

•     Leadership skills (T, P)

•     Time management (T, P)

•     Person management (T, P)

•     Problem solving (T, P)

•     Presentation skills (K, T)

•     Choice and operation of audio signal processing tools (K,T,P)

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

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.

 

Feedback

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

Reading List

TON2019: RECORDING TECHNIQUES

Last Updated

04 October 2016 by GODFREY L Miss (Qual. Enh. & S)