The first two years of the four-year Recording course are mandatory for all students. In the third and fourth years the course is compulsory for students who have chosen Recording as their specialisation; for the other students it is an elective course as part of the minor in Recording.
In the Recording course the student receives practical instruction in the professional recording process, whereby a musical event is recorded as it occurred in space and time in such a way that on reproduction of this recording the sound and musical experience of the original event are approached as closely as possible. These processes are typical of recordings in the classical and jazz repertoire. The student develops an audio-technical vision that corresponds with the relevant musical given.
The student learns to use the common stereo main system techniques AB, XY, MS, ORTF and OHNO in practice. The sound properties of the different systems are analysed using the parameters of spatiality, timbre and source localisation as the main assessment criteria. The influence on the sound of the positioning of the main system in large and small spaces and in relation to the source is studied in order to be able to choose the correct main system in varying acoustical and musical circumstances. The student learns how to use support microphones for soloists, instruments and instrument groups in small and large settings.
The student learns to work with various DAW platforms, with the emphasis on:
• the organisation of multitrack projects;
• creating a structural set-up for a multitrack project;
• editing musical material performed by small and large ensembles;
• creating a musical balance that corresponds with the musical event;
• keeping complete and accurate records of the project.
Instrument clinics and ensemble clinics teach the students in a very direct way about the source. Various common instrument groups are studied in a practical fashion, with a focus on sound, historical development, the mechanics of the instruments and the function of the instrument and the playing techniques used in different musical styles. Various forms of ensemble common in the classical, contemporary or jazz repertoire are closely studied in a practical manner, with the focus on sound, historical development, repertoire and the usual arrangements on the stage.
During the lessons professional recording situations of varying complexity are simulated. The student follows the entire recording process in a team under the teacher’s supervision. Elements of this process are preparing a score, drafting a recording plan, holding the recording session, keeping administrative records of the project, communicating with musicians and other stakeholders, editing the recording, mixing the recording and delivering the end product within a prescribed deadline.
During the first three years of the course a distinction is made between making recordings in large spaces (concert hall recording) and making recordings in small spaces (studio recording).
Depending on the size of the group, the teacher may decide to divide the students into smaller groups during the lesson if that will benefit the teaching process; the student will then have less contact time, but it will be more intensive.
- Osiris Course Code
- 8 lessons à 04:00
- Prior qualifications
- Studio Introduction
- Work form
- Group lesson
- Grading system
- Schedule, time, venue
- See Asimut schedule