Course Title: Manage production of sound recordings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: PERF5074C

Course Title: Manage production of sound recordings

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6104 - Advanced Diploma of Sound Production

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Anthony Norris
Phone: (03) 9925 4268

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

In this course you will learn specific skills related to live recording of improvised music in small to mid-sized venues. You will also liaison with artist(s) and conduct pre-production planning as well as the mixing of live recordings (in stereo).

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSSOU602A Manage production of sound recordings


1 Clarify Sound-recording brief

1.1 Participate in production meetings with relevant personnel to confirm the vision, sound concepts, production values and expected outcomes for recording projects
1.2 Confirm production requirements
1.3 Finalise and confirm repertoire, artists and operational details for recording projects in consultation with relevant personnel

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2 Organise resources

2.1 Identify and confirm production staff requirements and recruit personnel needed for recording projects
2.2 Ensure artists are secured, confirmed and contracted as required
2.3 Identify and secure appropriate venues and resources for rehearsal and recording sessions
2.4 Ensure that contracts required for staff and venues are finalised

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3 Prepare for production of sound recordings

Prepare for production of sound recordings

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4 Manage recording sessions

3.1 Ensure that arrangements are in place for ongoing communication with relevant personnel so that artistic vision can be achieved and resources are available when required
3.2 Ensure that accurate rehearsal and recording session schedules are drawn up and distributed to relevant personnel
3.3 Ensure that a project schedule for production meetings is finalised and distributed to each technical team member
3.4 Anticipate issues that may arise during the production of sound recordings and plan accordingly
3.5 Ensure that the technical team is fully briefed on
operations, production values and contingency plans
3.6 Comply with relevant OHS, copyright and other legal requirements

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5 Maintain effective communication with production staff & artists

5.1 Ensure that agendas for production meetings are planned and circulated to all relevant parties in advance and that discussion of concerns is encouraged to establish and achieve planned artistic outcomes
5.2 Ensure that individual perspectives are considered and conflicting requirements are recognised and constructively negotiated
5.3 In collaboration with relevant personnel, ensure that the quality of musical and technical preparation is maintained throughout the production and take action as required

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6 Manage post-production

6.1 Ensure that all components of post-production mix meet agreed production values
6.2 Facilitate continuing input from artists and director/producer into the post-production process and take remedial action as required
6.3 Ensure that the physical components of post-production are delivered correctly and in the required formats

Performance Criteria:



7 Evaluate production of sound recordings

7.1 Discuss and obtain agreement from relevant personnel about evaluation techniques
7.2 Focus evaluations on the way the process of managing sound recordings was handled and document results
7.3 Evaluate own role in operations and note areas for improvement
7.4 Provide feedback to team members on their performance as required
7.5 Document evaluation of operations in line with enterprise procedures

Performance Criteria:


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will have achieved the skills and knowledge required to: plan and carry out live recordings with small ensembles and mix them in stereo; produce a Red Book Master CD-DA and have observed the mastering process by a professional mastering engineer.

Details of Learning Activities

In class learning activities include, but are not limited to:
• Set-up for a live recording
• Operation skills
• Mixing Techniques (including on-line content)
• Approaches to the mastering process

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
• Artist research & liaison (incl. on-line content)
• Research of equipment features & suitability (On-line Content)

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.

 WeekClass content
Elements covered
 Week 1 Course Overview. Work Group allocations.
Artist & Record date allocations.
Prep. Of Artist Research & Liaison.
 Introduction 1, 2, 3, 5
 Week 2  In class set-up of Live recording system.
Overview of Microphone Kit, suggested application & placements.
 LIVE Set-up 1 – 5, 7
 Week 3 Final summary of Artists & Record dates, Mastering & Mix sessions. Artist & Program Summary 1, 2, 3, 5
 Week 4 LIVE RECORDING @ Bennett’s Lane, City. 7:00pm ~ 12:30am  RECORD 1 1 – 5, 7
 Week 5 LIVE RECORDING @ Bennett’s Lane, City. 7:00pm ~ 12:30am RECORD 2 1 – 5, 7
 Week 6 LIVE RECORDING @ Bennett’s Lane, City. 7:00pm ~ 12:30am RECORD 3 1 – 5, 7
 Week 7 LIVE RECORDING @ Bennett’s Lane, City. 7:00pm ~ 12:30am RECORD 4 1 – 5, 7
 Week 8 LIVE RECORDING @ Bennett’s Lane, City. 7:00pm ~ 12:30am RECORD 5 1 – 5, 7
 Semester 2   
 Week 9 LIVE RECORDING @ Bennett’s Lane, City. 7:00pm ~ 12:30am RECORD 6 1 – 5, 7
 Week 10 LIVE RECORDING @ Bennett’s Lane, City. 7:00pm ~ 12:30am RECORD 7 1 – 5, 7
 Week 11 LIVE RECORDING @ Bennett’s Lane, City. 7:00pm ~ 12:30am RECORD 8 1 – 5, 7
 Week 12 In Class Presentation by each student on 2 similar audio related gear Presentations 2, 5
 Week 13  In Class Presentation by each student on 2 similar audio related gear Presentations 2, 5
 Week 14 In Class Presentation by each student on 2 similar audio related gear Presentations 2, 5
 Week 15 In Class Presentation by each student on 2 similar audio related gear Presentations 2, 5
 Week 16 Final Listening sessions and course summary: Studio 3 Final Class 1, 2, 5, 6, 7

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

•Recommended texts listed during orientation, all of which are housed in RMIT the libraries of the city campus.
•On-Line resources as recommended by teacher & other staff.


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

Other Resources

You will provide:
• Your own Studio quality Headphones & External Storage device (recommend FW800 or FW400).
• 2 Blank CD-R’s for live recording stereo archive.
• Own transport for late night recordings, generally finished by 1:00am.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include research and liaise with artist(s) prior to recording, taking part in the live recording at a nominated venue, mixing the recording in stereo to industry standards, attend a mastering session of the mixed audio.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.
Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered an essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

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

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Formative Assessment
1. Research & liaise with artist(s) prior to recording. (Incl. line-up of ensemble & production requirements). Due class 3, semester 1.
2. Attend, transport & set-up LIVE recording system at venue. Conducted during weeks 4-11.
3. Attend and observe a Mastering session for Stereo mix. Due TBA.

Summative Assessment
4. Undertake stereo mix of recorded performance, applying selection criteria received from artist(s). Conducted during weeks 4-11.

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

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 Matrix

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

Other Information

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;


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