Module Overview

Digital Audio Production Techniques

This module will further consolidate students’ practical experience and theoretical knowledge of digital audio production and provide them with the opportunity to explore and realize creative projects utilizing various advanced principles and techniques concerning the equipment and professional practices involved in the audio industry.

Module Code

AUDO H4001

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Audio Theory

Audio Theory, Hearing, The Frequency Spectrum & Frequency Response, Signal to Noise ratio & Dynamic Range, Acoustics & Acoustic Environments, Psychoacoustics; Music theory, recording and production practices.

Equipment and installation fundamentals.

Electric Signals as electric representation of an audio signal; Electrical current, voltage & power, Impedance & Impedance matching, Distortion, Sources of electrical noise, Grounding and ground loops; Signal Flow, Cables, Connectors and Routing.

Mixing Consoles

Mixing console function and design, principles, types (in-line, Bussed...), Live and Studio application, the channel strip – inputs, gain staging, pad and phantom power, EQ, auxiliary routing, bus routing, pan & balance, fader operation and mixing, grouping, outputs, monitoring.

Contemporary Audio Equipment

Common audio technologies, their development, utilisation and incorporation in studio and live setups: Microphones, CD players, Solid-State Recording and Playback devices, Computer Interfaces, DIs, Synthesisers, Samplers, Drum Machines, FX Processors, Dynamics Processors, DAs, Recording Devices, Amplifiers, Speakers, Headphones, Studio Monitoring; Accommodating Other Equipment and technologies

Digital Audio

Digital Audio and Signal Principles; Digital Mixers, Effects, Synthesis; Digital Audio transmission and signal protocols

Computing in Audio Production

Computer Fundamentals, Networks & File Management; Computer Audio Formats; Computer Interfaces; Digital Audio Workstations; Computer Effects; Sound Production and Sample Library Software.

DAW Mixing

Loudness, Headroom, effective plug-in use, Spectral Analysis, HPF, compression, creating space with EQ and panning, submixes and grouping, output methods and formats

Practical demonstrations, peer work in small groups and studio-based classes.  Self-directed learning will centre around studio-based practice.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100