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Studio Setup and Maintenance I

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 3185
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
Through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on studio work, students learn concepts in designing, setting up and maintaining a project recording studio. Topics include room acoustics and treatment, equipment choice and installation, wiring, and basic maintenance.
Course Content
  1. Finding appropriate resources for designing and equipping a project studio
  2. Choosing the space: bedroom, basement, garage, classroom or new construction
  3. Basic acoustics: sound, decibels and hearing
  4. Sound isolation: reflexion, transmission and absorption
  5. Basic drawing programs: learning to produce simple studio designs
  6. Acoustical considerations: ceiling height, room volume, and ‘ideal’ proportions
  7. Subjective room appraisal: what makes a room sound ‘good’ or ‘bad’
  8. Equipment choice: computer platform, microphones, preamps, hardware versus software recording, mixing and effects
  9. Maintaining equipment: basic soldering and equipment care
Methods Of Instruction


Students will work alongside the instructor in one of the Douglas College recording studios. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These can be done in the lab, the studio, or at home.

Means of Assessment
Tests/Quizzes (minimum of 2) 30%
Midterm Project 30%
Final Project 40%
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to setup and maintain a typical project studio. Specifically, students will be able to understand and apply the following:

  1. Internet resources
  2. Choosing the space
  3. Basic acoustics
  4. Sound isolation
  5. Basic drawing programs
  6. Acoustical considerations
  7. Subjective room appraisal
  8. Equipment choice
  9. Basic equipment maintenance
Textbook Materials

F. Alton Everest, How to Build A Small Budget Recording Studio From Scratch: With 12 Tested Designs



Music Technology Certificate Program or permission of instructor


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Athabasca University (AU) DOUG MUSC 3185 (1.5) & DOUG MUSC 3285 (1.5) = AU APST 2XX (3) 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Capilano University (CAPU) No credit 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Coast Mountain College (CMTN) No credit 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 3XXX (2) 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) No credit 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 3XX (1) 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 3XX (0.5) 2013/09/01 to 2020/04/30

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.