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Unit description

Introduces students to the physics of sound production and basic electrical engineering concepts associated with analog and digital sound production. Students participate in lectures and workshops gaining practical experience, skills and knowledge in relation to both recording studio and live sound reinforcement environments.

Unit content

  • Basic physics of sound, sound perception
  • Basic electronic theory, electronic devices
  • WHS issues relating to sound levels and electricity, studio and live sound environments
  • Studio operation
  • Sound system overview
  • The venue, equipment, personnel, incorporating live concert staging, fold back and front of house
  • Signal flow and cables and connectors
  • Transducers, mixers, power amplifiers, equalisers, processors
  • Equipment connecting standard, pre-production, set-ups, operation
  • Microphone choice, placement and techniques, mixing, equalisation, processing
  • The multi-track recording studio, both analog and digital, live band recording
  • Computer operation, file management, hard disk recording, audio sound modules, samplers and software plug-ins, CD production, online storage and retrieval

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Bartlett, B & Bartlett, J, 2017, Practical Recording Techniques: The Step-by-Step Approach to Professional Audio Recording , 7th edn, Routledge , New York. ISBN: 978-1-138-90442-2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Workshop on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Practical session 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks) )
2 presentations plus written tasks20%
Audio Portfolio20%
Multi Track Studio Audio Project 30%
Exam: closed book30%


Teaching method
Practical session 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks) )
Workshop on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
Lecture on-site 1 hour/weekly ((12 weeks))
2 presentations plus written tasks20%
Audio Portfolio20%
Multi Track Studio Audio Project 30%
Exam: closed book30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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