CCOG for MUC 225 Spring 2024

Course Number:
MUC 225
Course Title:
Recording Technology III: Running a Studio
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Course Description

Presents specialized skills used in audio engineering and recording studio management. Explores running a mock business and running a recording studio within both management and engineering roles. Includes working on a digital audio recording and an experience with a hybrid digital/analog recording desk. Provides an opportunity to engineer and manage two recordings of peers' music. This is the third course in a three-course series. Prerequisites: MUC 224. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Recording Technology III is designed to bring together all aspects of the prior terms. Students will function as if they were employees of an active recording studio, juggling management and engineering duties over the course of the term. Students are required to provide feedback to their peers on a regular basis.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Work and manage tasks in a real world recording environment.
  • Formulate and source equipment and parts, hire and manage studio staff, and market completed work and services to potential clients.
  • Run a basic recording session in a computer-based studio.
  • Prepare their mixed recordings for distribution in a variety of formats. 
  • Evaluate efficiency and cost effectiveness when distributing recordings or when sending them to manufacturers.
  • Utilize mixing and mastering techniques to improve and enhance a recorded piece of music.

Course Activities and Design

Material for the course will be presented in a lecture format but also instructor-led and student-led labs.

  • Planning and Logistic Meetings with peer groups
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Two recording sessions
  • Mixing and mastering sessions

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will organize, plan, and execute two recording sessions with musicians of their choice and create a CD copy that can be critiqued by their peers and instructors. Students will also be assessed on their ability to work with their peers and manage tasks that aren't solely related to engineering.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Understand the process of producing, recording, mixing, mastering, and distributing audio
  2. Plan an effective timeline for a recording session
  3. Manage the logistical requirements of various members of a collaborative group
  4. Listen critically and artistically to music to understand technical and artistic effects of the audio.
  5. Properly maintain equipment for longevity and effective use