Course Title: Produce sound recordings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6066C

Course Title: Produce sound recordings

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6104 - Advanced Diploma of Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Paul Thomas

Nominal Hours: 100

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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:

CUSSOU502A Produce sound recordings


4 Evaluate the recording process and product


Performance Criteria:

4.1 Discuss and obtain agreement on evaluation techniques
for evaluating the recording process and completed
4.2 Seek and obtain feedback from relevant personnel to
assess the recording process and product
4.3 Evaluate own role in the production of recordings and note
areas for improvement
4.4 Use evaluation results to improve future practice


1 Confirm concept for recording project

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply knowledge of commercial music trends, market
niches, new musical styles and artists to develop the
musical vision and concept for a recording project
1.2 Establish and discuss production requirements with
relevant personnel
1.3 Apply musicianship knowledge and awareness of sound
design possibilities to develop the underlying artistic style
and creative concept for the recording
1.4 Discuss and confirm vision for sound concepts with
relevant personnel to achieve consensus on artistic values
and agreed project outcomes
1.5 Address copyright requirements to ensure that the
recording process and product comply with legislation


3 Manage recording sessions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Confirm that sessions are scheduled to allow adequate
rehearsal and sound testing prior to main recording
3.2 Ensure recording site, sound equipment and recording
formats are appropriate for the media and project
3.3 Communicate criticism of performers' work in a balanced,
constructive and supportive manner that includes positive
and achievable options for meeting desired artistic goals
3.4 Ensure that individual perspectives are considered and
conflicting requirements are recognised and constructively
3.5 Continuously monitor all aspects of the recording and
ensure that any necessary adjustments are made in line
with creative and technical requirements
3.6 Collaborate with relevant personnel to ensure that sound
balances are artistically appropriate


2 Confirm recording project arrangements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Confirm repertoire, artists, project vision and operational
details in consultation with relevant personnel
2.2 In collaboration with artists, ensure that adequate time and
facilities are provided to achieve the agreed performance
standard within time and budget constraints
2.3 Plan and agree on communication processes and time
schedules with artists and technical production personnel
2.4 Ensure that time schedules are drawn up and distributed
to each artist for all proposed rehearsal and recording
2.5 Liaise with technical staff regarding appropriate recording

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


Session Planning



Studio booking


Aural Development

Teaching Schedule

1Group Allocation
Overview of Assessment
Course Expectations1
2Confirm Sessions
Recording Session1,2,3.
3Recording Session2,3.
4Recording Session2,3.
5Recording Session2,3.
6Recording Session2,3.
7Recording Session2,3.
8Recording Session2,3.
9Mixing Session2,3.
10Mixing Session2,3.
11Mixing Session2,3.
12Mixing Session2,3.
13Mixing and Mastering Session
Evaluate and adjust mixes2,3,4
14Mixing and Mastering Session
Prepare Cover Art Work
Evaluate Mixes2,3,4
15Write Up of Diary
Prepare Cover Art Work3
16Delivery of Final Assessment.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

See Course content on Blackboard

Overview of Assessment

Course assessment tasks include studio recording and mixing sessions with a written report on the recording process , impulse response recordings and an assignment involving advanced elastic audio processing.

Assessment Tasks

As part of a small recording group, students will complete at least two recordings of a commercial standaed of at least three minutes in length. Due week 16.

As a group students must deliver a consolidated Pro Tools session of both songs and a CD with final artwork.

See Assessment Guidelines for Cover detail requirements.

Individually Students must complete and hand in for submission a diary containing:

  • A recording plan
  • a microphone plan
  • details of recording sessions
  • details of all communications with artists, group members and studio manager
  • group and self evaluation
  • finished recordings evaluations

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.

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