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Audio Recording Techniques

Course Code: MUSC 1170
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Through lecture/demonstrations, lab and studio work, students will learn to record and mix audio in a project studio environment. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the underlying concepts and theory of digital audio recording. Students will also begin to work with a large format recording console in a professional recording studio. Using both hardware and Pro Tools software, students will produce several recorded tracks. Students will be given the opportunity to earn their Avid Pro Tools 101 certification at the end of the course.

Course Content

  1. Theoretical concepts, including formats, bit depth, Nyquist theory, Fourier Transforms, etc.
  2. Audio interfaces: connectivity, sample rates, form factors
  3. Recording audio in Pro Tools: setup and configuration, basic recording techniques
  4. Analog recording: signal flow, microphone types and placement, monitoring in studio and control room
  5. Editing audio: creating new parts, fixing problems, composite tracks
  6. Mixing: inserts, busses, groups, automation.
  7. Software plug-ins including dynamics, distortion, reverb and other effects.
  8. Basic stereo recording techniques, including X/Y, Spaced Pair and ORTF
  9. introduction to large studio procedures, including studio etiquette, pre-production, setup and record keeping.

Methods of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor, either in the large studio or Technology Lab. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These can be done in the lab, the studio, or at home.

Means of Assessment

Tests/Quizzes (minimum of 2) 30%
Midterm project 30%
Final project 40%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

Through lab and studio work, students will learn to understand and apply the following concepts:

  1. Digital audio theory
  2. Audio interfaces: theory and practice
  3. Audio recording in Pro Tools
  4. Analog recording techniques
  5. Digital editing in Pro Tools
  6. Digital mixing in Pro Tools
  7. Software instruments and plug-ins
  8. Basic stereo recording techniques
  9. Large studio procedures and protocol

course prerequisites

Music Technology Diploma program entrance or permission of instructor



curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.