Studio Practice 1
FEKT-BPC-SP1Acad. year: 2020/2021
In this course, students learn the brief history of the technical development of sound recording and recording technology, methods of editing, and an overview of the development of the realization of music recording from the 50s – 90s.They will be familiar with the psychological and technical aspects of sound recording and the role of the director. Students will also acquire a brief overview of recording technology, its use and function (microphones, mixing consoles, dynamic processors, studio monitors, recording equipment, comparison of analog and digital recording chains ...).
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will be able to:
- use a variety of editing techniques during the creation of audio recordings,
- describe the role of the audio director and technical aspects of recording,
- explain the function of microphones and use them properly for recording various solo instruments and music files,
- explain the function of mixing consoles and use them for recording,
- explain the function of dynamic processors and use them for recording,
- explain the function of recording equipment and studio monitors and use them for recording,
- build analog and digital recording chains and describe their properties.
The knowledge of basic concepts of musical acoustics, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, and musical instruments tuning is required as well as musical intervals, scales and modes, chords and basic harmonic connections, and timbres. Students who enrol on the course should be able to analyze song regularities, assess the implications for the interpretation, describe musical instruments in terms of creating tone and techniques, and create instrumentation study for combinations of instruments.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
VLACHÝ, V. Praxe zvukové techniky. Praha: Vydavatelství MUZIKUS, 1995. 257 s. ISBN 80-901537-6-3. (CS)
FORRÓ, D. Domácí nahrávací studio. Praha: Grada Publishing, spol. s r. o.. 248 s. ISBN 80-7169-231-X. (CS)
FORRÓ, D. Počítače a hudba. Praha: Grada Publishing, spol. s r. o.. 320 s. ISBN 80-85623-57-9. (CS)
ŠÍP, L., Nahrávání a reprodukovaná hudba, Praha, Stát. hudeb. vyd. 1961. (CS)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
- Lectures provide the explanation of basic principles, complemented with practical illustration of work in studio and with audio samples.
- Exercises support practical acquiring of themes presented at lectures in form of practical work in recording studio. Active participation of students is needed.
Participation at lectures is recommended. Participation at other ways of instruction is checked.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Evaluation of study results follows Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and Dean's Regulation to the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Credit is given for creation of individual sound recording.
Language of instruction
1. A brief history of the technological development of audio recording and recording technology.
2. Techniques for editing.
3. An overview of developments in the realization of a music recording from the 50s – 90s.
4. The role and position of the music director in today's professional recording team, the psychological aspects of recording,
5. The role of the sound director, technical aspects of recording.
6. - 7. The function and use of the microphone for recording.
8. The function and use of mixing consoles for recording.
9. - 10. The function and use of dynamic processor for recording.
11. The function and use of studio monitors for recording.
12. The function and use of recording devices for recording.
13. Comparison of analog and digital recording chains.
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with audio recording, editing techniques, sound recording equipment, aspects of recording, and especially the role and position of the sound director.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
To obtain the credit it is necessary to complete at least 10 exercises during semester. Other forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.