Audio Recording and Editing Techniques - CMAT3160

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 4 30 (15) Paul Fretwell checkmark-circle


This module will provide an overview of standard digital audio workstation architecture, file management and good practice in the handling of digital audio and MIDI data. Recording principles will be introduced to students, including the recording chain, microphones and their placement, signal paths, use of DI boxes and establishing correct audio levels. The structure of the mixing desk, including inserts and auxiliary sends will also be examined. Students will be introduced to industry-standard software for the recording, manipulation and mixing of sound. Students will be taught through a combination of lectures and workshops.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 44
Private Study Hours: 256
Total Study Hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Digital Audio Technical Report (500 words) – 30%
Audio Workstation Assignment – 30%
Audio Portfolio and Written Evaluation (600 words) – 40%

Reassessment methods


Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Bartlet, B. (2013). Practical Recording Techniques: The Step-by-step Approach to Professional Audio Recording. London: Focal.
Cook, F. (2007). Pro Tools 101: Version 7.4 Official Courseware. Boston, Massachusetts: Course Technology PTR.
Eargle, J. (2004). The Microphone Book. Oxford: Focal
Middleton, P. & Gurevitz, S. (2008). Music Technology Workbook: Key Concepts and Practical Projects. London: Focal.
Nahmani, D. (2009). Logic Pro 9 and Logic Express 9. London: Pearson Education.
Owsinski, B. (2006). The Mixing Engineer's Handbook 2nd Edition. Boston: Thompson Course Technology.
White, P. (2000). Basic Effects and Processors. London: Sanctuary.
White, P. (1999). Basic MIDI. London: Sanctuary.
White, P. (1999). Basic Mixers. London: Sanctuary.

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 the basic techniques, principles and practical skills required to undertake recordings of a variety of instruments within a typical studio
2 Display basic abilities in the use of computer software for audio and music related tasks;
3 Display a familiarity with appropriate aspects of safe working practice;
4 Demonstrate good practice in the use of relevant hardware/software, along with the handling and manipulation of audio and MIDI data, for a range of tasks including
sound editing and production.

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

1 Use current, industry-standard computer technologies;
2 Be self-critical of work in progress and respond to the critical insights of others;
3 Be flexible and innovative in their approach to the use of technology;
4 Generate, analyse and interpret appropriate data and develop core skills such as problem solving and decoding information.


  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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