Component 1 – Recording
Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.
• One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by Pearson, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments.
• Keyboard tracks may be sequenced.
• Total time must be between 3 minutes and 3½ minutes.
Component 2 – Technology-based Composition
Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition.
• One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs set by Pearson
• Synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included.
• Total time must be 3 minutes.
Component 3 – Listening & Analysing
Knowledge and understanding of: recording and production techniques; principles of sound and audio technology; development of recording and production technology
• Section A: Listening and analysing (40 marks) – four questions, each based on unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson (10 marks each).
• Section B: Extended written responses (35 marks) – two essay questions. One comparison question, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings from the CD (15 marks). The second essay uses the final unfamiliar commercial recording on the CD (20 marks)
Component 4 –Producing & Analysing
Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques,
applied to unfamiliar materials
• Each student will be provided with a set of audio/MIDI materials for the practical element of the examination, to include: audio files relating to three instrumental/vocal parts; a single MIDI file from which a fourth instrumental part will be created
• Students will correct and then combine the audio and MIDI materials to form a completed mix, which may include creating new tracks or parts from the materials provided.
• Section A: Producing and analysing (85 marks) – five questions related to the audio and MIDI materials
provided that include both written responses and practical tasks.
• Section B: Extended written response (20 marks) – one essay focusing on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit.