DISC231-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Sound Capture

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Students learn about current practices and methods of audio recording in today’s post production industry. Advanced techniques in audio recording in a range of situations are covered, including location recording and production sound mixing, ambient and environmental sound capture, and foley and sound effects recording. Students will gain comprehensive microphone techniques and common approaches stereo and multichannel recording, as well as advanced concepts in 3D and multichannel sound capture.

Learning Outcomes

· Have acquired detailed knowledge of microphone theory and operation.
· Be able to evaluate different sound environments and choose an appropriate approach.
· Understand the sonic expectations of a range of genres.
· Demonstrate knowledge of current industry trends in surround and 3D recording.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Otakaro 132
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Otakaro 122 (19/2-11/3, 6/5-27/5)
Otakaro 109 Mac Computer Lab (18/3-25/3, 22/4-29/4)
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Hamish Oliver


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Cable-Coiling 04 Mar 2024 5%
Field Recording 22 Mar 2024 20%
Foley Replacement 03 Apr 2024 25%
Location recording 31 May 2024 35%
LEARN Test 27 May 2024 15%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

A handbook to field recording in New Zealand ; , 1958.

Murphym John J; Production Sound Mixing: The Art and Craft of Sound Recording for the Moving Image ; London: Bloomsbury.

Sterne, Jonathan; The Sound Studies Reader ; New York: Routledge, 2012.

Viers, Ric; The Location Sound Bible: How to Record Professional Dialogue for Film and TV ; Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2013.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,059.00

International fee $6,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Creative and Digital Arts .

All DISC231 Occurrences

  • DISC231-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024