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MUI2009 Recording and Music Production

Semester 2, 2022 Springfield On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Mark Scholtes


Enrolment is not permitted in MUI2009 if MUI1009 has been previously completed.


The recording and production of music is central to the development of new contemporary works. With the music industry becoming increasingly decentralised, industry professionals are using readily available DIY recording technologies to engage in independent and collaborative creative practice. This course will help students working in music to develop a proficiency in applying the theory and practice of these technologies. Technical skills developed by students in this course can in turn directly translate to opportunities in a range of other creative disciplines that utilise recorded music and sound, including theatre, film, television, and radio.

This course introduces the practical and theoretical procedures employed by musicians when recording a new musical work. Students are introduced to recording techniques and technologies. Students are then mentored through an application of their learning in generating new recorded material.* The course also offers students a chance to participate in collaborative learning activities introducing them to new perspectives and facilitating key network building opportunities.

Assessment outcomes in this course will contribute directly to the development of a professional portfolio of creative work.

*This course assumes students have the ability to operate a computer and navigate a file-system and the ability to contribute to the creation of a new musical work.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Examine and discuss a range of theories and practices related to the production of recorded music;
  2. Interpret and communicate musical ideas by recording and producing musical works;
  3. Apply relevant skills and knowledge to produce and realise new recorded work;
  4. Work collaboratively and independently on the development and realisation of recording projects.
  5. Critically evaluate their own personal creative and technical processes and the resulting creative outcomes


Description Weighting(%)
1. Microphone and hardware application and techniques
2. Software application and techniques
3. Computing and file-management 15.00
4. Midi and Virtual instrument applications 15.00
5. Creative project development and planning 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Avid ProTools Software (monthly subscriptions available from
An audio interface (for microphone/instrument input)
A computer that meets the recommended requirements for running the software.

Note: ProTools version 10, 11 or 12, will also be suitable for anyone who already has an older version of the program, however Avids free ProTools First software will not be suitable as it does not allow for the sharing of .ptx session files..

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Creative Creative work 1 No 20 2,3,4
Assignments Creative Creative work 2 No 40 2,3,4
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 40 1,5
Date printed 30 June 2022