PERF 1014 Music Production

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102558

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Description This unit presents an overview of the basic concepts and applications of electronic and digital music production technology in current music and media arts practice. Students will learn the fundamentals of musical acoustics, stereo recording and mixing techniques, and they will be introduced to MIDI systems and sequencing. Technical concepts are contextualised within a survey of current music production practice.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects PERF 1005 - Digital Musics 1 Musical Contexts PERF 1009 - Introduction to Sound Technologies

Restrictions Available places limited by technological infrastructure.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Apply basic acoustic terminology in real world, practical music scenarios.
  2. Identify and define basic electroacoustic and computer technology.
  3. Conduct and evaluate stereo audio recordings.
  4. Operate computer-based MIDI and audio mixing systems.
  5. Operate basic live music production and audio systems.
  6. Those attending Art of Sound will be able to: Participate meaningfully in Art of Sound activities and projects, working with students across the Music program to develop collaborative, technical and performance skills.

Subject Content

Practical and theoretical demonstrations of basic acoustic and electroacoustic principles.
Practical and theoretical examinations of modern control and sequencing techniques.
The principles of microphone capture (stereophonic and monophonic).
Critical listening and examinations of contemporary music production practice.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Applied Project 1 1–2 minutes 20 N Individual
Practical 3 minutes 20 N Individual
Applied Project 2 3 minutes 40 N Individual
Exam 2 hours 20 N Individual
Attendance: Art of Sound n/a S/U Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Logic Pro X Essential Training (2020)
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  • Audio Recording Techniques
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  • (Note these texts are provided through the WSU Linkedin learning site license)

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Penrith (Kingswood)


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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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