Module Overview

Audio Production Fundamentals

This module aims to provide the student with a solid grasp of the fundamentals of Music and Audio Production. Students will explore core techniques and standards within the music and creative industries and develop their ability to communicate creative and artistic ideas as well as technical specification. Students will develop critical listening skills that are essential to all areas of Music and Audio Production. Relevant current technologies will be used as a teaching tool, with each student having access to a workstation equipped with the latest industry standard hardware and software. 

In addition, students taking this module will have the opportunity to develop the collaborative working skills necessary for the successful industry practitioner, through engagement with other students within the BIMM Community, as part of the learning and assessment process.

Module Aims 

  • To enable the development of the requisite skills to effectively manipulate recorded audio using industry standard Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)  

  • To equip the student with a broad knowledge of contemporary audio processing tools and techniques, including the terminology and concepts associated with the field of audio production. 

  • To develop and enhance critical listening skills 

  • To apply basic principles of digital and analogue audio for music production 


Module Code

MUSG 1951

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Terminology and concepts associated with the field of audio production


Essential digital audio concepts


The Listening Environment – pitfalls and optimisation techniques


Sustainable professional practice


Creative effects processing


Professional technical standards


Basic principles of digital and analogue audio for music production


Relationship between frequency and pitch


Dynamic processing theory and techniques


Digital audio file formats and compression algorithms


The module will be delivered in the onsite recording studio in a combined workshop/lecture format.  A range of teaching methods will be utilised to include, but not limited to, lectures, practical workshops and the use of VLE. Technical concepts and professional practices will be considered through formal lectures with audio visual support, tutor demonstrations, in-class practical tasks and assignments. Tutor and student led discussion, supported by independent study and group research, will provide a platform for exploring key concepts. Classes will be delivered by expert tutors, enhanced at strategic points in the academic calendar by guest lectures, co-delivered by expert industry practitioners where appropriate, offering students a beneficial insight into real-world application of module content. Students will have to opportunity to both give and receive critical peer feedback to enhance their learning experience collaboratively.


The virtual learning environment (VLE) will act as a central hub where students can access course content, receive and offer peer feedback on their work, review class work through quizzes, and stay informed of important news related to the module.


Individual tutorials, available to all students, form an integral part of the module enabling focussed teaching and learning around key topics.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50