Course Title: Produce sound recordings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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

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:

CUSSOU502A Produce sound recordings


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


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


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



Class 1Group Allocation
Overview of Assessment
Course Expectations
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Element 4

Class 2Establish and discuss production requirements with
relevant personnel
Element 1
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

Element 4

Studio Sessions 


Studio Session 1Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logsElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4,3, 4.4

Studio Session 2Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logsElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4,3, 4.4

Studio Session 3Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logsElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4,3, 4.4

Studio Session 4Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logsElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4,3, 4.4

Studio Session 5Recording and Mixing Sessions and recording diary logsElement 2
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5

Element 3
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Element 4
4.1, 4.2, 4,3, 4.4

Class 3Delivery 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


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

As part of a small recording group, students will complete at least two recordings of a commercial standard of at least three minutes in length. Due class 3.

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

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

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

The details of these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

CHD  Competent with High Distinction
CD   Competent with Distinction
CC     Competent with Credit
CAG   Competency Achieved -Graded

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

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.

The major learning experience involves theory and practical training and assessment sessions, including individual and group practical exercises. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to achieve competency in this unit.

Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
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Student Progress
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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;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y

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;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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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