BMA0D235D – Music Production 2

Module code
Module title
Music Production 2
This module examines the theoretical and practical knowledge required for creating and mixing sound in digital audio environments. Students will explore the manipulation of sound and music in studio production environments using digital audio. Students will develop an understanding of the aesthetics of music production.
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1 Understand relevant aspects of the discourses and practices in contemporary music production
-produce written and oral analyses of selected texts, identifying relevant issues
-review and write descriptions and analyses of selected texts
-reflect critically upon relationships between representative texts, examples of work and self-practice
-produce oral and written interpretations of and comparisons between selected works
-develop and test rationales for self-practice
-conduct conventional presentations of outcomes

2.2 Develop skill and technique in the use of digital audio workstations
-apply processes used in recording and editing digital audio
-discuss the various types of audio processors and their application in studio contexts
-practice digital and analogue recording and processing

2.3 Develop processes for mixing in digital audio workstations
-apply appropriate mixing techniques to a variety of musical contexts
-make appropriate technical choices in studio mixing situations
-explore editing and overdubbing techniques
-explore stereo mixing techniques

2.4Develop technique in the use of signal processors
-identify a variety of signal processors and their characteristics
-apply appropriate processing procedures in a variety of recording contexts
-discuss and utilise delay and dynamic-based effects processors
-experiment with commonly used effects in a variety of music styles
-explore effects programming and sound manipulation techniques

2.5 Comprehend the process of graded assessment
-employ a vocabulary for describing work
-consider and reflect on research processes and decisions
-participate in on-going formative assessment
-consider, discuss and document self and peer performances for graded assessment
3.1Digital Mixing
Signal Flow and devices
Functional operation
Digital and analogue theory
Pre-production planning

3.2Mixing Procedure
Controlling acousticsdynamics and frequency
Patchbay signal flow

3.3 Sound Processors and Application
Techniques for shaping sound
Advanced Editing techniques
Creative digital effects
Advanced mixing techniques
Digital signal processors

3.4Contextual Research
Contextual research into contemporary domain values and constructs
Case studies and selected readings
Research strategies and reports

Learning and Teaching Resource
Students examine issues of form and technique through exercises and project briefs prescribed by lecturer.
Students research content for their own assignments.
Students adopt structure prescribed by lecturer for working through projects.
Students adopt procedures prescribed by lecturer, students identify specific questions within those topics.
Students participate in informal presentations of their work.
Students participate in formative assessment according to criteria set by lecturer.
Students receive feedback on their performance through graded assessment performed by lecturer.