Fall 2020 - CMNS 358 D100

Sound Recording: Theory and Design (4)

Class Number: 6910

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CMNS 258 (or equivalent) or approval of instructor.



An intermediate level studio workshop to develop the student's skills in sound production with an understanding of the communicational implications of sound design. Audio theory and its applications in both the digital and analog formats will be presented, along with practical studio techniques for stereo and multi-channel sound production.


This course is concerned with the theory and practice of audio production in the Sonic Research Studio.  Technical and conceptual issues are presented in class, and used as the basis for a number of individual audio productions submitted for grades (see below).  Audio theory, and its applications, in both the digital and analogue formats, will be presented, along with practical studio techniques for stereo and multi-channel sound production.  


  • Grades will be solely based on the studio projects that students complete. These consist of:
  • A Set of Studio Exercises 40%
  • Final Compositional Project 40%
  • Mid-Term Terminology Exam 20%


The School expects that the grades awarded in this course will bear some reasonable relation to established university-wide practices with respect to both levels and distribution of grades.  In addition, the School will follow Policy S10.01 with respect to Academic Integrity, and Policies S10.02, S10.03, and S10.04 as regards Student Discipline.  [Note: as of May 1, 2009 the previous T10 series of policies covering Intellectual Honesty (T10.02), and Academic Discipline (T10.03) have been replaced with the new S10 series of policies.]

Note:  A minimum 2.25 CMNS CGPA, and 2.00 overall CGPA, and approval as a communication student is required for entry into most communication upper division courses.






Huber, David Miles, Modern Recording Techniques (8th edition).  Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.   (TK 7881.4 T49 2005); 9th ed. electronic resource.
ISBN: 9781138954373

Thompson, Daniel M., Understanding Audio.  Berkley Press, 2005. (TK 7881.4 T49 2005).
ISBN: 9780634009594

Recommended Listening:   Gould, Glenn, The Solitude Trilogy, CBC Records CD’s. (ML 417 G69 A345). Consult the Media Resource Centre (SFU Library room 3100) for other works, e.g., Soundscape compositions.

Recommended Listening:  Consult the Media Resource Centre (SFU Library, room 3100) for other works, e.g., Soundscape compositions.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).