In this course, you will study advanced music production and audio engineering practices in order to engage in an industry-facing music production output. You will be guided by lecturers and industry practitioners as you engage in the advanced theories and skills of sound, audio engineering, and music production. You will work to produce an original musical sound recording for commercial release. This sound recording will make up part of your industry release strategy as you are given an opportunity to pitch your creative work to major industry partners.
|Learning materials – Asynchronous online delivery of learning material.||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Synchronous and scheduled face to face workshops.||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||10 times|
|Seminar – Synchronous, face to face seminars (Recorded).||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||Once Only|
|Information session – Synchronous online Task Information Sessions (Recorded/ All cohort/ Shared with Online).||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||2 times|
Music producer, Music production, Advanced signal flow techniques, Advanced studio recording techniques, Advanced digital audio manipulation, Advanced mixing approaches, Mastering.
300 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Apply 21st Century music vocabulary to creative practice by engaging in critical and original creative work.||Creative and critical thinker|
|2||Apply advanced level music production practices in an industry reflective studio environment.||Empowered|
|3||Apply an advanced knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations and execute the process of recording audio for commercial release in time constrained environments.||Engaged|
|4||Demonstrate an industry level of understanding of the production process including knowledge of mixing, mastering, and commercial release considerations.||Empowered|
|5||Analyse and evaluate approaches to the master recording by reflecting on technical and creative feedback from peer and industry representatives.||Sustainability-focussed|
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Students must have an intermediate audio engineering and music production knowledge to be eligible for this course.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
An opportunity exists in every workshop to produce and perform creative pieces individually and/or in small peer groups. However, in Week 4 students will received individual feedback from tutors.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Artefact - Professional||Individual||20%||
approx. 15 min
|Week 5||In Class|
|All||2||Artefact - Creative||Individual||30%||
DAW session with 2-5 min of musical material.
|Week 11||Online Submission|
|All||3||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece||Individual||50%||
2-5 min unmastered recording plus 2-5 min mastered recording and 1500 words.
|Exam Period||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Advanced Studio Practice|
This task will demonstrate your advanced understanding of audio recording and music production techniques in an industry level technical environment.
|Product:||Artefact - Professional|
Using an industry reflective studio environment, you will perform a series of advanced technical tasks as set out in the assessment guide. In a time-limited environment, you will complete a series of tasks to examine your advanced knowledge of applied 21st-century musical vocabulary, digital and analogue signal flow, recording studio practice and DAWs.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Mixing Session|
This task will demonstrate your progress in developing an industry ready sound recording.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative|
In this task, you will deliver a DAW session file that demonstrates your progress towards an industry-ready mixdown of a musical recording. You will demonstrate advanced technical knowledge of audio processing and music production. You will receive written feedback regarding your work from industry practitioners and deploy their advice regarding your creative work in assessment task 3.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Delivery of Master Recording|
This task will demonstrate your ability to deliver a mixed and mastered musical recording for commercial release, including an appropriate analysis of the process.
|Product:||Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece|
In this task, you will create a final mixdown of your musical recording in response to the feedback provided from assessment 2. You will then use your knowledge of audio mastering to create a sound recording appropriate for commercial release. The unmastered and mastered file submission will be accompanied by a written report. This technical and reflective report will discuss the approaches you used in this process and critically reflect on your music production approach.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
In this class you will require the foundation tools of the music producer. These are: · a USB3 or higher Hard Drive with 100Gb of free memory · a set of stereo headphones for music production Weekly recommended reading and asset required for learning activities are delivered via the weekly learning materials in keeping with the current School's attitude to open learning resources.
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