Section A | Music Production Theory
The Theoretical Written Exam section of Rockschool Music Production Examinations covers the following:
- Music Production Terminology
- Sound & Audio Fundamentals
At Level/Grade 1 the theory content covered will include subject areas such as identifying studio hardware, physical audio formats, analogue connectivity, computer & digital technology, DAW basics, microphones, MIDI basics, basic audio technology and the fundamentals of mono & stereo sou
Music Production Terminology
As an aspiring music producer, it’s important that you can identify the key equipment that you are likely to come across.
Not all studios have the same equipment, for example, a small ‘project studio’ will aim to get by on as little equipment as possible to keep the costs down. Whereas a commercial studio will aim to offer their clients the best equipment but charge a much higher price per day.
A recording studio is made up of a number of pieces of equipment; some of which will be consistent from studio to studio, while others will be bespoke to the studio and the way it’s intended to be used.
The most common items you’re likely to come across are:
- Mixing console/mixing desk
- Digital audio workstation
- Patch bay
- Instruments (such as drum kits & guitars)
Let’s take a look at these in further detail.