Module 1- Music Production & Sound Theory
You will learn to interpret the functions of studio hardware, digital protocols, analogue connectivity, computer memory & storage, microphones, using loops, the MIDI protocol, dynamic processing and frequency.
Specific knowledge include:
- Interpret functions of a mixing desk, to include gain, EQ, auxiliaries, faders, pan
- Interpret and identify digital transfer protocols, including their relative data transfer rates, including USB, Thunderbolt, MADI, SPDIF, ADAT
- Interpret analogue connections and their purpose, to include XLR, ¼” Jack, Mini Jack, Phono/RCA, D-Sub
- Interpret the purpose and advantages of computer systems, to include RAM, Hard Disks, Solid State Drives, including choosing the appropriate option in relation to data transfer rates
- Interpret appropriate use for DAW functions, to include templates, markers, bounce, piano roll / MIDI editors, quantise
- Briefly explain what a microphone is for and how it works
- Briefly explain the creation, use and advantages of audio loops
- Understand MIDI, including what the acronym stands for, what it is, and how it works from a user perspective
- Interpret and briefly explain audio technology, including compression, limiting, gating, expanding
- Understand frequency, including its units of measurement, the difference between Hz and kHz, human hearing range
Module 2- Listening Skills
This module relates to sonic fidelity, music theory and harmony and stylistic awareness. Learners will pursue audio aural training and their ability to hear and interpret developed in 3 areas:
- Sonic Fidelity
Distinguishing between mono and stereo recordings and hearing different stereo widths.
- Music Theory & Harmony
Identifying major, minor and blues scales and eighth note triplets.
- Stylistic Awareness- Identifying specific genres.
Module 3- Practical Skills
At level 1 the technical skills will centre around creating audio loops from provided material. You will be presented with a situation and must choose and implement appropriate technique to resolve the scenario. You will need to programme a simple backing track using a set chord structure in the key of C major and G major.