Advanced Audio Techniques - CMAT5010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Frank Walker checkmark-circle


In this module, students will develop an understanding of a broad range of topics concerning recording and post-production processes in the studio environment. Topics covered will include digital formats, sampling, filter design and compression. Concepts of data manipulation will be studied in order to perform audio signal processing such as delay, chorus, reverberation and equalisation. The module will also cover stereo and spaced microphone techniques.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

100% coursework:
• Essay (1800 Words) 60%
• Audio Project 40%: Consists of Multitrack Studio Recording (3 minutes; 30%) and Explanatory Note (300 words; 10%).

Reassessment methods

• Like for like.

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Bartlett B, Bartlett J. (2012) Practical Recording Techniques. 6th ed. Focal Press.
Corey, J. (2010). Audio Production and Critical Listening: Technical Ear Training. Oxford: Focal.
Eargle J. (2011) The Microphone Book. Oxford: Focal Press.
Huber, D.M. and Runstein, R.E. (2017). Modern Recording Techniques. 9th ed. Oxon: Routledge.
Owsinski B. (2014) The Mixing Engineer's Handbook (Mix Pro Audio Series). 3rd ed. Boston: Cengage Learning
Zager, M. (2012). Music Production: For Producers, Composers, Arrangers, and Students. 2nd ed. Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press.

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 a critical understanding of analogue-digital processes, artefacts and errors, data storage systems and compression formats;
2) apply concepts and principles associated with digital signal processing and evaluate their appropriateness in audio production contexts;
3) deploy sophisticated skills in recording a diverse range of sources in the studio environment using a variety of techniques;
4) integrate creative and technical decision-making in carrying out sophisticated production processes.

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

1) communicate ideas, arguments and concepts and interact effectively with others;
2) generate, analyse and interpret appropriate data, while understanding the limits of their knowledge and how that influences their interpretation;
3) demonstrate core skills such as problem solving, evaluating critically and decoding information;
4) demonstrate effective approaches to time management, including the ability to plan and to set priorities and to manage resources effectively.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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