SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Sound Recording 2

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4
Taught in:
Term 2

This module will build on skills developed in Introduction to Sound Recording. Students will be taught about mixing and post production, taking the recorded sound through to the finished product. Teaching will be in the recording studio using a combination of lecturing and practical work. Students will learn about mixing multi-track recordings including use of equalisation, effects and processors.  Set listening materials relevant to lecture topics will be provided every week with discussion incoporated  into the lectures. The class will be divded into a 4 hour taught session every fortnight,  alternating with practical time in the studio for students to practice and carry out set tasks. Assessment will take the form of two mixing tasks and a listening exam which will take place towards the end of the course. The course will be particulalty suited to music students but also relevant to cultural studies students.

Priority is given to BA Music and BA Global Popular Music students.


  • Pre-requisite : Introduction to Sound Recording - 155800069
  • This module is capped at 12 places
  • Students enrol via the online Module Sign-Up system. Students are advised of the timing of this process via email by the Faculty Office.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • have an understanding of the role of digital technologies in the recording studio.
  • have an understanding of the processes involved in producing a finished recording.
  • produce a finished recording and mix  to a standard acceptable for release.


  • One two hour lecture per week
  • One two hour practical workshop per week

Method of assessment

  • One 500 words essay and a mix (worth 30%)
  • One 1 000 words essay and group recording mix (worth 70%)

Suggested reading

  • Eisenberg, Evan. The Recording Angel: Music, Records and Culture
  • from Aristotle to Zappa, 2nd edn. New Haven, CT, and London: Yale
  • University Press. 2005 (1st edition 1987)
  • Howard, David. Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their
  • Maverick Recordings. Hal Leonard Publishing. 2004
  • Katz, Bob “Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science”
  • Massey, Howard C “Behind the Glass: Top Record Producers Tell How They Craft the Hits
  • Studio. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003.
  • Miles Huber, David and Runstein, Robert E “Modern Recording Techniques” 
  • Moylan, William “The Art of Recording”, Focal Press
  • Owisinski,, Bobby “The Recording Engineers Handbook” Thomson Course Technology 
  • Rumsey, Francis, and McCormick, Tim “Sound and Recording: An Introduction” 
  • Woram, John M. (1989) Sound Recording Handbook, Howard W. Sams & Company, Indianapolis.


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