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Studio Setup and Maintenance I

Course Code: MUSC 1173
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on studio work, students learn concepts in designing, setting up and maintaining a project recording studio. Topics include room acoustics and treatment, equipment choice and installation, wiring, and basic maintenance.

Course Content

  1. Finding appropriate resources for designing and equipping a project studio
  2. Choosing the space: bedroom, basement, garage, classroom or new construction
  3. Basic acoustics: sound, decibels and hearing
  4. Sound isolation: reflexion, transmission and absorption
  5. Basic drawing programs: learning to produce simple studio designs
  6. Acoustical considerations: ceiling height, room volume, and ‘ideal’ proportions
  7. Subjective room appraisal: what makes a room sound ‘good’ or ‘bad’
  8. Equipment choice: computer platform, microphones, preamps, hardware versus software recording, mixing and effects
  9. Maintaining equipment: basic soldering and equipment care

Methods of Instruction


Students will work alongside the instructor in one of the Douglas College recording studios. 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




Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to setup and maintain a typical project studio. Specifically, students will be able to understand and apply the following:

  1. Internet resources
  2. Choosing the space
  3. Basic acoustics
  4. Sound isolation
  5. Basic drawing programs
  6. Acoustical considerations
  7. Subjective room appraisal
  8. Equipment choice
  9. Basic equipment maintenance

course prerequisites

Music Technology Diploma Program 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.