Sound Engineering and Recording Techniques

Course Title

Sound Engineering & Recording Techniques

Course Code


Type of Course

Compulsory Elective, 5 hours/week (3 theory & 2 workshop)

Course Level




ECTS Credits

5 (3+2)

Professor (s)

Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge of the history and evolution of technology that concerns sound engineering and recording musical instruments. Acoustic instruments, electric instruments, digital instruments. 

Understanding of all the specificities of sound engineering and recording of music instruments. Understanding of the potentials that the new digital and electronic technology offers. 

Application of all the potentials that are offered by technology on the field of electronic boost of volume, sound engineering and recording, sound mixing and recording of music instruments giving emphasis to the traditional music instruments. 

Analysis of the basic technical characteristics of specific devices that determine the process of sound mixing and recording. 

Composition of the theoretical and workshop’s knowledge for the better exploitation of potentials that the technology of sound engineering and recording has to offer for the contemporary needs of musical prosecution.

Evaluation of those data for the phrasing of new intern solving of a series of issues that concern the quality upgrade of sound mixing and recording more specifically on the sector of traditional music instruments.   

Teaching Approach

Interactive presentation/lecture that is supported by the issue’s theoretical overview that concern sound engineering and recording of traditional music instruments and practice on special related matters.

Prerequisite Courses

Recommended Courses in the Curriculum

Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music I-III
Music Informatics
Midi Code in Music Informatics
Digital Sound

Course Content

- Analysis of acoustic measurement units and electronic sizes that are aparted of an entire series of recording reproduction (DB, Dbu, DBm, DBv, DBr, DBspl, DBfs)
- Characteristic execution of the microphones and the rest of the gear, choice criteria.
- Analysis of recording methods that are used today and in the past in studio and live cases.
- Learning of surrounding devices that are used in recording-reproduction of a music incident (compressors, limiters, gates, effect units, preamplifiers, exiters, hard disk recorders, dat, adat etc.).
- Digital technology and it’s utilization on the recording sector.

- Learning of sizes that are related with the sonic mechanics, acquaintance with computer basis software, space and recording condition analysis (FFT analysis, transfer function, impulse response, reverbration time). 
- Application of recording techniques that were described in Theory. 
- Learning in intern the device’s functions that are associated with recording.

Recommended Bibliography

     Bursch P., Keusgen K.D., Eρασιτεχνική ηχογράφηση, Φαγκότο, Aθήνα 1991

     Huber D.M., Williams P., Professional Microphone Techniques, Mixbooks1999

     Xαδέλλης Λ., Ήχος - μουσική και τεχνολογία, Σύγχρονη Mουσική, Aθήνα 1992

     Δώδης Δ., Hχοληψία, Ίων, Aθήνα 1995

     Παπανικολάου Γ., Tεχνολογία ηχογραφήσεων, University Studio Press, Θεσ/νίκη 1991

Learning Exercises

Home study of special exercises given in class

Teaching Methods

The course is based on a tripartite teaching method, with the participation of students, discussion and practice.

Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Writing examination at the end of the semester. Evaluation of the understanding of all issues that concern sound engineering and recording (Theory), as well as the operation ability and control of particular devices for the realization of sound mixing and recording (Workshop) .

Teaching Language