Short Title:Digital Audio Production Techniques
Full Title:Digital Audio Production Techniques
Module Code:AUDO H4001
Credits: 7
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:BRIAN HANNA
Module Description:This module will further consolidate students’ practical experience and theoretical knowledge of digital audio production and provide them with the opportunity to explore and realize creative projects utilizing various advanced principles and techniques concerning the equipment and professional practices involved in the audio industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate comprehension of Audio theory and its realisation in contemporary technology.
LO2 Become proficient in the theory and utilisation of acoustic, electric, electronic and digital audio technologies.
LO3 Be proficient in the application of commercial audio equipment and practices.
LO4 Utilise contemporary Audio Recording and Production Techniques and Creative Applications.
LO5 Demonstrate proficiency in contemporary DAW mixing practices.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Audio Theory
Audio Theory, Hearing, The Frequency Spectrum & Frequency Response, Signal to Noise ratio & Dynamic Range, Acoustics & Acoustic Environments, Psychoacoustics; Music theory, recording and production practices.
Equipment and installation fundamentals.
Electric Signals as electric representation of an audio signal; Electrical current, voltage & power, Impedance & Impedance matching, Distortion, Sources of electrical noise, Grounding and ground loops; Signal Flow, Cables, Connectors and Routing.
Mixing Consoles
Mixing console function and design, principles, types (in-line, Bussed...), Live and Studio application, the channel strip – inputs, gain staging, pad and phantom power, EQ, auxiliary routing, bus routing, pan & balance, fader operation and mixing, grouping, outputs, monitoring.
Contemporary Audio Equipment
Common audio technologies, their development, utilisation and incorporation in studio and live setups: Microphones, CD players, Solid-State Recording and Playback devices, Computer Interfaces, DIs, Synthesisers, Samplers, Drum Machines, FX Processors, Dynamics Processors, DAs, Recording Devices, Amplifiers, Speakers, Headphones, Studio Monitoring; Accommodating Other Equipment and technologies
Digital Audio
Digital Audio and Signal Principles; Digital Mixers, Effects, Synthesis; Digital Audio transmission and signal protocols
Computing in Audio Production
Computer Fundamentals, Networks & File Management; Computer Audio Formats; Computer Interfaces; Digital Audio Workstations; Computer Effects; Sound Production and Sample Library Software.
DAW Mixing
Loudness, Headroom, effective plug-in use, Spectral Analysis, HPF, compression, creating space with EQ and panning, submixes and grouping, output methods and formats
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Music analysis The student is required to prepare and deliver a presentation on the production of a chosen extant piece of music detailing the recording and production process, and incorporating an analysis of bass, mid and treble “instruments” (including vocals); time signature and structure, and the overall mix. 1,2,4 10.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment Equipment Setup Proficiency Test incorporating both audio and MIDI hardware and software in a studio setting. The student is presented with a brief detailing a specific audio and/or MIDI production requirement, and will be required to lay out, route, connect and test the requisite equipment in order to complete the operation detailed within that brief. 1,2,3 20.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment Mix Production The student is required to produce an original recording of a musical performance or song. They must set up the necessary equipment, sound check and record a live music performance of each component track, then mix and post-produce these into the final version to a high level of technical and aesthetic proficiency. 1,2,3,4,5 35.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment Studio Design Document The student is required to plan, design, source and present a detailed budget for an audio production facility, within budget and addressing all intended uses and operations as delineated in the brief. A purchase rationale, detailed plan and routing schematic should be included with their submission. 1,2,3 35.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer/Lab Students will attend in-class lectures, lecturer-led demonstrations, practical workshops and practice sessions, tutorials, seminars and critique sessions. 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Independent Learning Time The student will study recommended reading or other media as directed, and practise technical competencies as acquired during class time. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Ethan Winer 2017, The Audio Expert, 2 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780415788847]
  • Philip Newell 2017, Recording Studio Design, 4 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9781138936072]
  • Tim Dittmar 2017, Audio Engineering 101, 2 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9781138658776]
  • Roey Izhaki 2017, Mixing Audio, 3 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9781138859784]
  • Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, Jay Hodgson 2017, Mixing Music, 1 Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 9781138218734]
Recommended Book Resources
  • David Miles Huber, Robert E. Runstein 2017, Modern Recording Techniques, 9 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9781138954373]
  • Glen Ballou 2015, Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 9780415842938]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources