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The Studio for Songwriters 1 - MUSC1611

Year - 2020

This unit explores the use of the studio from the viewpoint songwriter and is intended to prepare first year students in the Contemporary Music major for their recording projects throughout the degree. In addition, this unit will provide the fundamental critical listening skills which are built upon over the course of their studies, and into their future careers. In this unit, students will gain a thorough understanding of basic studio concepts to use when recording their creative work, with a focus entirely on contemporary music and recording techniques suited to this music. Students will work in small groups in tutorials to complete practical tasks such as file management, reverb techniques, panning, bussing, effects, EQ, microphone placement, basics of compression and limiting, grouping and mixing. However, the purpose of this course is not only to learn about recording techniques, but to understand how these techniques specifically work in support of the song.

1 x 1 hr lecture/week and 1 x 2 hr tutorial/week

weekly tests (25%), 1 x assignment (35%), 1 x recording (40%)

Audio Production Principles by Stephane Elmosnino (2018)

Assumed knowledge
Students enrolling in this unit of study must have some experience with writing their own original songs in a contemporary music style.


Faculty: Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Semester 2

24 Aug 2020

Department/School: Arts Music
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 28 Sep 2020
Unit of study level: Junior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? Yes
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Jade O'Regan
HECS Band: 1
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