Course Title: Mix recorded music

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6075C

Course Title: Mix recorded music

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4276 - Certificate IV in Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teachers: Tim Johnston, Anthony Norris, Michael Pollard, Paul Thomas, Simon Moro
Phone: (03) 9925 4815

Nominal Hours: 50

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 course is delivered in conjunction with VART 6073C Record Sound.

This unit will focus on supervised recording studio use and tuition, completing the final mix of material recorded in the “Record Sound” unit. Students will cover the practice of final sound mixdown in a professional studio environment.

Please note: this course guide is relevant only to Sound Group 1E

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU405A Mix recorded music


Element 1 Prepare for music mix

Performance Criteria:

In consultation with relevant personnel , clarify mixing requirements with reference to documentation from recording sessions
Analyse production requirements to determine quantity, nature and style of effects and processes.
Allocate sufficient time to complete the mix and line up facilities and equipment accordingly
Anticipate problems that may arise during the mixing process and plan accordingly


Element 2 Mix music elements

Performance Criteria:

Ensure that headphones and studio monitors are set at appropriate levels
Use a variety of techniques to balance instruments and vocals
Use effects to enhance and give depth to the music mix
Apply knowledge of music genre mix styles to enhance the sound of the mix
Take account of client’s tastes and preferences with regard to how the mix should sound
Clean up each track in the mix to remove unwanted sound
Seek feedback on work in progress from relevant personnel and incorporate modifications


Element 3 Finalise mixing operations

Performance Criteria:

Deliver final mix in the required format for mastering
Complete documentation relating to final mix ensuring
Deliver final mix in the required format for mastering adequate information is provided for mastering and other relevant personnel
Ensure that facilities and equipment are left clean and tidy
Evaluate own performance against technical and creative criteria and note areas for improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to complete a multi channel music mixdown, utilising large format consoles, hardware & software processors through a variety of monitors.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include participation in a series of recording studio sessions which combine practical application with supervision and tuition from program staff.

Each studio session will be 4 hours in duration.

Extra editing time will be available using audio edit suites, which are avaliable by request.

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

Class    Class ContentElements
Class 1Mixdown in recording studioElement 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3


Element 2

Class 2Mixdown in recording studioElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6
Class 3Mixdown in recording studioElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6
Class 4Mixdown in recording studioElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4. 3.5

Class 5Mixdown in recording studioElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7


Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4. 3.5

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information

Other Resources

It is recommended that you bring materials for note taking (paper, pen, laptop) and you will require and external drive to save and back-up all work.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks in the course include, class participation, group and individual edit projects

Assessment Tasks

You must submit all pieces of assessment in order for your competency to be assessed in this course..

Assessment tasks in this unit are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered as essential building blocks for more substantial summative assessment tasks.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Summative Assessment

Complete major recording project with work group. The work group will record, mix and complete a music studio recording utilising recording studio.
Assessment is holistically integrated with Record Sound VART6073C, Manage Production Requirements BUSM6224C and Operate Professional Audio Equipment VART6071C.

For further information on the assessments and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
CHD      Competent with High Distinction
CD         Competent with Distinction
CC         Competent with Credit
CP         Competent with Pass
NYC       Not Yet Competent
DNS       Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration. Special consideration, appeals and discipline

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 go to Academic Integrity

Work Placement: It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.

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