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Mix of Sound

  • Course level: Bachelor/Master.
  • Year of study: One semester, fall.
  • Preliminary schedule: Wednesdays 12:30–14:00.
  • Final assessment: Exam portfolio.
  • Prerequisites: MUSTEK21 or MUSTEK 22.
  • Language of instruction: Norwegian or English.

Course description

The course builds on the courses MUSTEK21 Project Studio or MUSTEK22 Recording Studio, providing a practical and theoretical study of how multiple audio tracks/recordings and audio sources are combined to one or more channels (a mix).

Responsible department: Composition, Music Theory and Music Technology Department

Course instructor: Ulf Holand

Learning objectives

Upon completion of the course students are expected to

  • have knowledge of the processes involving mixing complex audio
  • have knowledge of the use of artificial rooms and other effects
  • master different forms of compression on both individual instruments and the mix


The course covers the mixing technique and refining recorded material to a finished CD master. It also covers sound engineering and focus shifts between individual instruments and the recording as a whole.


Projects and group instruction for 90 minutes per week in 12 weeks (fall semester).

Course requirements

Participation i projects is compulsory. More than 20 % of absence from class will normally result in a failing mark.

Process portfolio: Students will assemble a process portfolio including 2 productions. The sound material for the productions will be provided. (Or students may include 1 provided production and 1 production of their own recorded material.) Each production must be mixed by the student using

  • housekeeping session
  • fading/panning
  • individual EQ and dynamics

Deadline: The productions must be submitted to the course instructor by a given deadline. The process portfolio must be completed and approved by 15 December.

Final assessment

All coursework requirements must be approved prior to obtaining a final assessment.

Assessment is based on learning objectives. The final assessment is given as a pass/fail mark based on the exam portfolio. Assessment is done by two internal examiners.

Exam portfolio

Based on the process portfolio students will submit an exam portfolio including

  • one chosen, thoroughly done mix
  • one short reflection paper explaining the mixing process (400 words)

New assessment

In the case of re-assessment, the same procedures apply.


Roey Izhaki (2007): Mixing audio, Focal Press

Study component

Published: Apr 3, 2020 — Last updated: Feb 16, 2021