Course Title: Produce sound recordings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6417C

Course Title: Produce sound recordings

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6150 - Advanced Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production)

Course Contact: Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher:    Paul Thomas
Phone:       9925 4325

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to produce a musical recording.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASOU504 Produce sound recordings


1. Confirm concept for recording project

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use knowledge of commercial trends, market niches, new styles and artists to develop the vision and concept for a recording project

1.2 Discuss and confirm vision and concepts with relevant people, and achieve consensus on project outcomes

1.3 Establish and discuss production requirements for recording project with relevant people

1.4 Research copyright requirements to confirm project process and outcomes will comply with legislation


2. Confirm arrangements for recording project

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm repertoire, artists, project outcomes and operational details with relevant people

2.2 Confirm project outcomes can be achieved within time and budget constraints

2.3 Plan and agree on communication processes and recording schedule with relevant people

2.4 Draw up and distribute rehearsal and recording schedules to relevant people

2.5 Discuss and confirm appropriate recording locations with relevant people


3. Coordinate and conduct sound recording sessions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Confirm that sessions are scheduled to allow adequate rehearsal and sound testing prior to main recording sessions

3.2 Confirm recording location, sound equipment and recording format meet production and work health and safety (WHS) requirements

3.3 Assess the acoustic characteristics of the recording location, and provide feedback on instrument/voice placement and settings to relevant people

3.4 Provide balanced, constructive and supportive feedback to artists, to ensure that performance meets project expectations

3.5 Recognise and consider individual perspectives, and negotiate acceptable outcomes to conflicts as required

3.6 Monitor and adjust recording to produce a final product that meets required project outcomes


4. Evaluate recording process and product

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Use appropriate techniques to evaluate the recording process and completed product

4.2 Seek feedback and opinions from relevant people, and document results of evaluation

4.3 Evaluate own role in the recording process, and note areas for improvement

4.4 Use evaluation results to improve future practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this program you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to produce a musical recording.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include:

  • Classroom lectures/tutorials
  • Studio tutorials
  • Studio sessions
  • Group discussions
  • Sound laboratory tutorials
  • Simulated workplace activities

Teaching Schedule

Class 1Group Allocation
Overview of Assessment
Course Expectations
Class 2Establish and discuss production requirements with
relevant personnel
Studio Sessions 


Studio Session 1Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logs 
Studio Session 2Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logs 
Studio Session 3Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logs 
Studio Session 4Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logs 
Studio Session 5Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logs 
Class 3Delivery of Final Assessment 



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Course assessment tasks include studio recording and mixing sessions with a written report on the recording process.

Assessment Tasks

There will be two assessments for this course.

One Ungraded assessment and one Graded assessment


To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for the graded Assessment Task (refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric).

For further information on the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.
Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:

CHD - Competent with High Distinction
CDI - Competent with Distinction
CC - Competent with Credit
CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment


Assessment 1: Delivery of Rough Mixes (Ungraded) Week 10 - 14

                      Students must deliver rough mixes of two songs from their recording sessions.

                      When recordings are completed students must "run off" some rough mixes for review by teaching staff who will give

                      feedback on the progress of recordings.

Assessment 2: Delivery of Final Mixes (Graded) Week 15

                      Students must deliver final mixes of at least two songs from their recording sessions.

                      Students must minimise the size of their recording session data through the use of the "Consolidation" command.

                      Students must import their final mixes back into their Pro Tools sessions for self analysis and for delivery to the                               server.

Assessment 3: Recording Diary (GRADED) Week 15

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

Assessment Feedback:

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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