Module Overview

Studio Recording

This module will enable musicians to understand basic engineering practice and become more effective studio performers.  

Studio engineers must be able to balance practical and technical concerns with artistic and creative ones, if they are to contribute effectively to the recording process. The distinction between engineering and production can sometimes be blurred and it is important for musicians to understand the principles behind the technology and the protocols of the studio, in order to communicate effectively in this environment. 

You will be taught how to plan resources and events, to enable a successful recording session, alongside development of an understanding of the theory and application of recording technology, and the principles of acoustic theory. Emphasis will also be placed on the development of team-working skills, decision-making and leadership, in the production of work to a brief and against a deadline. 

Module Code

MUSG 3009

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Audio theory

Includes acoustics and human hearing, digital and analogue recording formats, microphone theory and technique

Session Planning

Includes session aims and objectives, identification of client requirements, setting an agenda, meeting a budget, time constraints, responding to feedback from those involved in a session, etc.

Sound Engineering

Includes the practical applications of the mixing desk, multi-tracks, microphones, signal/effect processors, mastering formats, synchronisation, preparation, sound checking, recording, tracking, editing, mixing, remixing, and mastering formats.

Interpersonal Skills

Includes understanding the roles of the producer, engineer, programmer, songwriter, record company and A&R representative.  Emphasis will be placed on the value of personal skills, including flexibility, professionalism, dedication, and time management

Production Skills

Includes knowledge of industry requirements cf. Record Industry, Film, TV, Games Industry, Radio, etc.

This module will be delivered utilising a range of methods including; formal lectures with audio-visual support, small group work, tutor led seminars & practical workshops/demonstrations, student led seminars, studio work, e-learning through the BIMM VLE and Independent study & research. 

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination40
Other Assessment(s)60