Recording Studio Techniques

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Recording Studio Techniques

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Music (BA), Music Technology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    A comprehensive introduction to the tools and techniques found in a modern recording studio. Extensive practical work based around making well-managed high quality recordings using a range of studio tools (microphones, mixers etc.) will be complemented by an exploration of the underlying theoretical issues in acoustics and sound engineering, and the manner in which these tools and techniques can be extended to live sound engineering.

    RATIONALE: 
    The everyday professional practice of musicians and other creative artists is increasingly relying upon their familiarity with technological tools. The recording studio is perhaps the most significant place in which these tools come together in the service of music and sound, and as such an understanding of studio techniques has become something viewed as a fundamental skill in many music and wider arts programs. Both studio and live sound engineering will be explored, providing skills and understanding that students are certain to draw upon in their future studies.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    After successfully completing this course students should be able to:
    1. demonstrate the use of a range of recording studio equipment across a range of practical studio situations.
    2. apply studio-based skills and understanding to the design and operation of a suitable system for a range of different live sound engineering situations.
    3. explain and discuss the links between theoretical principles and their role in the practical design and operation of common sound engineering tools.
    4. construct a studio project combining practical and theoretical issues within a controlled time-frame.

    METHOD OFTEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Class lectures (including class discussions and group work) and practical sessions in the recording studio facility on campus.
    • Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of their instructor’s office hours, where they can ask questions, see their assigned work results and/or go over lecture material
    • Use of a learning management system (Blackboard) where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, announcements and additional resources
    • Support from the Student Academic Support Services (SASS), who offer one-to-one and group workshop sessions to support the development of academic and study skills