Mixing and Production Techniques - CMAT3080

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Richard Lightman checkmark-circle


Students will deepen their understanding of a broad range of topics concerning recording, processing, mixing and mastering in the studio environment. Advanced concepts of audio manipulation will also be studied in order to perform audio signal processing and post-production disciplines. Mixing and mastering techniques will be studied in some detail including delivery formats for music industry distribution. Students will work on an individual project, recording others in the studio and editing, processing, mixing and mastering their work to produce a final product.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours:128
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods
Recording Project (6-8 minutes, incl. 500 words) – 100%

Reassessment methods
- Like-for-like

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Burgess, R.J. (2005). The Art of Music Production. 3rd ed. London: Omnibus.
Burgess, R.J. (2014). The History of Music Production. New York: Oxford University Press.
Dittmar, T. (2012). Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Production. Waltham, MA: Focal Press.
Frith, S. & Zagorski-Thomas, S. (2012). The Art of Record Production: An Introductory Reader for a New Academic Field. Farnham: Ashgate.
Hepworth-Sawyer, R. & Golding, C. (2011). What Is Music Production?: A Producer's Guide: The Role, the People, the Process. London: Focal.
Katz, B. (2003). Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science. London: Focal.
Savona, A. (2005). Console Confessions: Insights & Opinions from the Great Music Producers. Enfield: Hi Marketing.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary studio mixing and production techniques;
2 Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in mixing and mastering audio including good practice in sound placement and refining the audio spectrum;
3 Produce a range of musical styles in the studio environment using a variety of techniques;
4 Integrate creative and technical decision making in carrying out audio production processes.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate ideas and concepts and interact effectively with others;
2 Generate analyse and interpret appropriate data;
3 Demonstrate core skills such as problem solving and decoding information;
4 Demonstrate their ability to manage time and resources effectively.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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