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Introduction to Sound Recording - MUS00105C

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  • Department: Music
  • Module co-ordinator: Mr. Liam Maloney
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

This module prepares learners with the theoretical understanding and practical skills needed to make recordings of acoustic sources. Topics in acoustics, psychoacoustics and electroacoustics are covered in lectures and readings tasks. Regular practical sessions introduce the Department's studios and procedures for working effectively within them for recording and editing tasks.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To introduce the key aspects of acoustics, psychoacoustics and electroacoustics that are required for a comprehensive and transferable understanding of microphone techniques.
  • To present approaches to microphone selection and placement for individual and stereo (coincident, near-coincident, spaced, baffled, binaural) capture
  • To provide practical experience in the conception, planning, execution and post-production of recordings of acoustic instruments in real spaces.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand the acoustic, psychoacoustic and electroacoustic bases for contemporary microphone techniques.
  • Be able to make a recording of an acoustic ensemble in an acoustically ‘live’ space.
  • Be able to make judgements about the quality of such a recording and to make relevant adjustments to effect improvements.
  • Be able to create, and work from, an edit map marked onto a musical score and be able to employ techniques and technologies to render inaudible edit points.
  • Be able to describe, justify recording processes and reflect on outcomes in written work.


Task Length % of module mark
Written responses to questions
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group recording and individual
N/A 60

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Written responses to questions
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group recording and individual
N/A 60

Module feedback

Written feedback within six weeks of assessment date. See statement of feedback in the departmental handbook.

Indicative reading

Acoustics and Psychoacoustics – Howard and Angus, 2009.

Sound and Recording – McCormick and Rumsey, 2014.

The Sense of Hearing – Plack, 2014.

Microphones – Borwick, 1990.

Critical Listening Skills for Audio Professionals – Everest, 2005.

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