General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jorge Oter Gonzalez

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 4

Teaching staff: 

Jordi Roque Gonzalez

Teaching languages

  • Catalan

The course is taught in Catalan but various supporting materials (documentaries and articles) will be used in English.


Specific skills
  • E9_Apply the mechanical, electronic and digital principles of sound capture, amplification and recording for application to different platforms: shows, radio, television, audiovisual and multimedia. Postproduce the audio and add the sound effects of an audiovisual production

  • E11_Apply musical rules and languages ​​for music creation and sound recording in music production and the creation of electronic music for use as soundtracks in audiovisual productions

Transversal competences
  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources


The subject collects the theoretical and practical skills seen in Audio and Sound, Music Creation and Sound Production to consolidate them in the field of music production. Work is done both in the field of analysis and praxis in the recording studio, combining theory and practice in both large group sessions and sessions in the recording studio and laboratory . However, the work methodology is divided into two distinct parts:

- Large group sessions (2 hours per week) where theoretical knowledge is imparted and practical exercises are proposed to be solved in the classroom.

- Sessions in small groups in the recording studio and in the laboratory (2 hours per week), in which theoretical-practical activities focus on recording, editing and mixing music.

Attendance at practices is mandatory.



BLOCK 1 - History of music production: genres, styles and schools of production

1. The notions of 'musical production' and the various concepts associated with the term 'producer'.

2. Brief history of music production. Production styles and schools.

3. The conflict of labels, genres and musical styles.

4. Relationships between technical procedure and sound aesthetics.

BLOCK 2 - Creative tools and resources. Production analysis.

1. Audio production tools. Corrective vs. creative skills.

2. Auditory recognition of the effects and creative processes studied.

3. The musicological perspective of music production.

4. Analysis of productions in the field of recording, film and advertising.



PRACTICE 1 – STUDY REMINDER (2 teaching hours. Non-evaluable individual practice).

PRACTICE 2 – DAW CONSOLIDATION (2 teaching hours. Non-evaluable individual practice).

PRACTICE 3 – EXERCISE ON THE STUDY MODULES (2 class hours + 4 hours of independent work. Evaluable practice).

PRACTICE 4 – GUIDE TRACK RECORDING (2 class hours. Non-evaluable individual practice).

PRACTICE 5  – COMPOSITE BASS PERFORMANCE (2 class hours + 4 hours of independent work. Individual practice can be assessed).

PRACTICE 6  – RECORDING PERCUSSION and/or DRUMS (2 class hours. Non-evaluable practice).

PRACTICE 7 – PERCUSSION EDITION (2 teaching hours. Non-evaluable practice).

PRACTICE 8 – SOLO REGISTRATION (2 teaching hours. Non-evaluable practice).

PRACTICE 9 – MIX (2 teaching hours. Non-evaluable practice).

PRACTICE 10 – INDEPENDENT WORK FINAL PROJECT (2 class hours. Non-evaluable practice).

Practices 3 and 5 may be required to weigh the final grade of the subject.


Evaluation system

The subject proposes the evaluation in four blocks: 

Follow-up tests (20%).

Music production project (15%).

Written project report (15%).

Final test (50%).


To make an average you will need to have passed the final test with a minimum of 5 out of 10. Those students who obtain a grade lower than 5 in the global test will have to take a make-up test. The recovery test is passed with a 5. The rest of the grades of the partial tests will be kept. Under no circumstances can you opt for recovery to raise your grade. The partial tests and the work do not have recovery.

Grades may be reviewed at a date and place posted by the teacher through the eCampus.

Identification of plagiarism is considered a serious circumstance that may lead to a failing grade in the subject. In case of detection of plagiarism, the coordination of the degree will be informed so that the corresponding disciplinary measures can be taken.



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