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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module MUSI51830: Studio Techniques

Department: Music

MUSI51830: Studio Techniques

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To train students in the art and practice of sound synthesis and signal processing using the resources of the electroacoustic music studios.


  • Students are introduced to a broad range of analogue and digital techniques with a view to their application for composition by the systematic practical study of the folowing subjects:
  • the capture and processing of acoustic sound sources using analogue and digital recording systems;
  • the synthesis of sounds by digital mans, including both additive and FM methods;
  • the use of analogue and digital signal processors to shape and modify source material of both natural and synthetic origin;
  • the techniques of MIDI.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

        Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Preparation and Reading
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 100%

        Formative Assessment:

        Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University