MUSC 156 Audio Engineering & Production I • 5 Cr.


Introduces professional studio control room equipment, microphone use and placement for recording acoustic and electronic instruments, listening skills, basic electronics and acoustics and studio design and workflow.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand how we hear music, how to develop qualitative listening skills and how to apply them in the process of recording
  • Analyze and apply acoustical theory to make a recording studio sound its best
  • Understand basic electrical formulas and how they are used by recording engineers
  • Recognize and describe the functions of current hardware and software found in recording industry.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of how cables, connectors and patchbays are used in a studio
  • Analyze and place microphones in the studio and/or concert hall to get a quality recording of all kinds of musical instruments and voice
  • Be able to plan the workflow for a recording project
  • Produce quality recordings of both acoustic and electrical instruments.