MUST1053 - Sound Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination and work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical examination 1/2 30 minutes
Work 1/2 2 months

Course content

Practical work in a recording studio is central to this course. The course is comprised of the following main elements: Recording and editing sounds, microphones and microphone techniques, multitrack recording, analog/digital audio processing, Production aesthetics, different sound ideals.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • has knowledge about how a modern recording studio works
  • is familiar with the applications and characteristics of various microphones
  • is familiar with various basic techniques and tools for processing sound in the studio
  • has fundamental knowledge about sound esthetics and ideals for various music productions


The candidate

  • can record various instruments and music styles
  • can communicate with musicians in studio in a way the facilitates the work situation and the music production
  • can mix and finish a studio production
  • can reflect on his/her work in the studio and justify technical and esthetic choices

Learning methods and activities

Lectures directed at practical work in studio: 2 hours lecture per week and 2 hours practical work in smaller groups. Teaching is usually conducted in Norwegian, but may take place in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory classes
  • Practical tasks given troughout each semester

Further on evaluation

The exam consist of a larger studio production in the second semester combined with a 30 minutes practical test in the studio based on the course content.

All components of the assessment must be passed. If the candidate fail on one part of the examination the candidate must retake the part that have failed.

Required previous knowledge

The course requires admission to the Bachelor's Programme in Music Technology. 1-2 places are reserved for students at the Bachelor's programmes in Film and Video Production or Music Perfomance Studies, or at the Master's programme in Electronic Systems Design and Innovation - Acoustics.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 2
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: -

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Technology
  • Music Performance Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music


Examination arrangement: Practical examination and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 1/2 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Practical examination 1/2
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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