Audio and Recording Technology BSc modules

Year one | Year two | Year three

Year one

Introduction to Studio Techniques

introduces you to the essential recording equipment and techniques you will encounter in professional studios. You will learn how to select and use microphones, mixing desks, recording devices and audio effects in order to create audio productions of professional quality.

Sound Analysis and Perception

familiarises you with the acoustical foundations of musical sounds. You will learn to describe musical sounds in terms of their temporal and spectral acoustical features and relate these to our human perception of musical parameters like pitch, dynamics and timbre.

Audio Engineering Fundamentals

explains the science and engineering underpinning the technology used for sound creation and production. You will understand essential concepts of both analog and digital audio signals and the various ways in which they are transmitted, processed and recorded in the audio industry.

Digital Music Creativity: Synthesis

introduces you to different sound synthesis techniques, both through the use of hardware and software. You will develop your auditory skills and become familiar with the methods and practices of sound design currently used in the audio production and multimedia industry.

Studio Recording Essentials

focuses on the performer and microphone as the starting point of the recording and production process. You will record session musicians in class to become proficient in selecting the right microphone from the available range, and will record and mix multi-track productions as the course progresses.

Academic Fundamentals

will develop your written and research skills as you make the transition into university learning. By the end of the module, you will be able to search, read and critique suitable literature in your subject and know how to write for different contexts/audiences.

Audio Electronics Fundamentals

explores basic electronics and circuitry. You will develop an understanding of the underlying technology surrounding systems which capture, manipulate and distribute audio signals, and become more effective and innovative in using them.

Fundamentals of Digital Signal Processing

develops your understanding of the logic at work in digital systems and software that process audio signals. You will focus on learning the basic programming tools needed for the task, while concentrating on sonic and musical outcomes.

Year two

Studio Production Techniques

teaches you how to coordinate and use production resources to create a refined end-product for a prescribed professional purpose. You will develop essential skills needed in professional studios, such as production techniques, data and time management, and organisation and communication.

Further Audio Electronics

develops those concepts introduced in Audio Electronics Fundamentals. You will explore analog and digital electronics and their application in audio equipment and devices, including op-amp circuits, digital logic, microphones, speakers and playback systems.

Live Sound and Location Recording

familiarises you with common sound-mixing and recording scenarios outside the controlled studio setting. You will plan and adapt audio equipment for scenarios such as live music, spoken word or on film sets and acquire the skills needed to reliably conduct live mixes and recordings on location.

Further Digital Signal Processing

provides you with a more advanced knowledge of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) that is essential to understand the logic at work in digital systems and software that process audio signals. You will focus on digital filters—convolution, z-transform, transfer function, impulse responses—and their application in music and audio contexts.

Procedural Programming for Music

introduces you to procedural programming and its many musical applications, including music software development, audio processing plugins, and digital synthesisers. You will explore basic statement types and object oriented programming concepts and devise your own software.

Digital Music Creativity: Advanced Synthesis

introduces you to advanced synthesis techniques, such as modulation, FM, physical modelling and vocoding. You will widen the palette of sound timbres and textures you can create and develop a cutting edge approach to sound production used in audio-related industries.

Studio Signal Processing

develops your technical knowledge of studio devices and teaches you how to apply them to advanced production techniques, e.g. dynamic and time-domain processors, linear and non-linear digital recording systems, equalisation and filters, automation systems.

Acoustics Fundamentals

covers how sound generation in musical instruments takes place, how sound is radiated into space and interacts with its surroundings. This knowledge allows you to make informed decisions on microphone choice and placement or the design and modification of acoustic instruments or spaces. You will cover a wide range of physical measures and will relate these to perceptual aspects such as loudness, reverberance and spatial impression.

Negotiated Project

gives you the opportunity to undertake a small independent project on a topic of your choice. You will develop your research skills, as well as self-discipline and time management, which are valuable as preparation both for your final year project and for future employment.

Digital Audio Electronics: Sensors and Interfaces

focuses on the study of digital electronics and microcontroller systems, sensors and actuators. You will explore the relationship between hardware and software in microcontroller systems and applications of this technology in the context of audio equipment and devices.

Ensemble Recording

familiarises you with multi-microphone techniques to record musical ensembles such as orchestras, chamber music, jazz bands or choirs. You will cover all production stages from recording to mixing ensemble music using different main-microphone arrays paired with room and spot microphones.

Studio Radio Production

teaches you about the principles, techniques and practices that govern radio production. You'll use broadcast-standard radio production studios and Demon FM to develop your skills in audio recording and broadcasting.

Year three

MAT Research Project

gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth investigation of a music technology topic of your choice and design, with support from your individual tutor. Choose between written research (a dissertation) or a practice-based investigation (a creative or technological ‘project’). You will develop important skills in independent research while deepening your understanding of an area of particular interest to you.

Critical Listening and Audio Analysis

teaches you to listen critically to your own work and commercial work of others, a critical skill in any high-end audio application. You will learn to use specialist tools to properly analyse stereo and spatial audio and to understand the root cause of sonic anomalies in mixes.

Audio Recording and Production for Film and TV

gives you professional level experience in working as a team, with external clients, on film/TV sound. You will take a detailed look at the business of film/TV production, assume the role of an audio professional in this context, and understand the underlying professional practices and procedures.

Acoustics Applications

applies your prior knowledge from Acoustics Fundamentals to design and control sound spaces. You will explore advanced approaches of spatial audio (e.g., binaural or ambisonics) and also engage in acoustics design and treatment by using computer-model simulations.

Advanced Digital Signal Processing

builds on your previous exploration of software solutions for digital signal processing of music and audio signals. You will devise and plan a comprehensive project, which will include filter design, digital waveguides and physical modeling, autocorrelation functions, and advanced signal analysis.

Audio Mastering and Application

deepens your understanding of sound and different end formats. You will become proficient at handling audio masters, processing material to fit a given context and professional sound and assemble material to create effective production masters.

Spatial Audio Production

is an advanced study of technologies for the spatialisation of audio, which encompases ambisonics or Dolby 5.1 and new technologies such as Dolby Atmos and surround sound processing for virtual reality. You will explore the use of these technologies for both recording and presenting sound in artworks, recording studios and broadcast environments.

Broadcast Technologies

teaches you how to measure and quantify important parameters (e.g. signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range, frequency and transient response, crosstalk) that affect the quality of audio equipment and transmission in broadcast studios, understand their interaction in the larger context, and acquire the expertise to design and maintain broadcast environments.

Advanced Audio Electronics

further develops your previous studies in the understanding of audio electronics, specifically exploring applications of this technology in the context of audio equipment and devices. You will analyse real-world examples and design and build your own electronic audio device.

Sound Design

brings together music technology students with different technical and creative skills, who work collaboratively to devise and complete a specific and professionally-executed collaborative project over the course of the year. 

Radio Location Production

develops your theoretical and practical understanding of radio location production, in particular the management of resources, use and deployment of location technologies, and regulatory and legal framework related to the broadcast industry.

 
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