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Unit information: Professional Techniques in 2021/22

Unit name Professional Techniques
Unit code MUSIM0024
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Mr. Scott
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Music
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces the concept of studio production: the grey area in between the typical job of a composer and the creation of a polished audio product. The unit trains the aspiring media composer in the key aspects of music studio work and covers techniques in: effective MIDI sequencing; use of sample libraries and synthesis; audio recording; audio mixing; audio mastering; picture synchronisation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students should be able to: use a MIDI sequencer with proficiency, understanding their role as (offline) performer in a variety of musical genres; record individual and groups of real instruments and voices to a high standard, using a combination of 'close studio' and 'classical' microphone techniques; mix their compositions bringing together electronic and live elements effectively; master their audio, optimizing quality for a variety of output formats.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by tutorials, and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

3 x 20% and 1 x 40% Project


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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