RSL Music Production – Advanced (Grades 7 & 8)

The PSL Academy Music Production Advanced Course consists of RSL Music Production Grades 7 and 8.

  • The course is taught over 14 weeks of two hour sessions. For Grades 7 and 8, learning can be tailored to individual’s own strengths.  It involves candidates sitting two RSL examinations – Grade 7 and Grade 8.
  • The cost of the course is split into an initial deposit of £60 followed by £30 per session.
    Alternatively, you can pay the cost of the whole course up front for the discounted price of £459.
  • All course books are included as are the examination fees for both Grade 7 and Grade 8.

Passing RSL Grades 7 and 8 provides internationally recognised qualifications as well as significant UCAS points, making this course genuinely worthwhile.

RSL Music Production Grade 7 Accredited Qualification
RSL Music Production Grade 8 Accredited Qualification
The Grade 7 exam is divided into three sections:

Section 1 – Theoretical written exam

This will assess knowledge and understanding of:

  • Music Production Terminology
  • Sound & Audio Fundamentals

The theory content covered will include subject areas such as working around equipment faults, format incompatibility, connectivity faults, software optimisation, latency, phase, stereo width, groove / quantisation, signal noise and studio monitoring.

At Grade 7, candidates will be expected to:

  • Explain how to overcome technical challenges, such as faulty cables, faulty microphones
  • Explain how to overcome format incompatibility, such as transferring projects between different Digital Audio Workstations using OMFs
  • Explain how to find a fault in chain of devices, such as a drop in level, low frequency hum
  • Explain how to optimise operating systems for audio work
  • Explain latency and how to overcome it
  • Explain phase issues and how to overcome them
  • Explain how to add stereo width, using techniques such as the HAAS effect, dedicated plugins, manual use of delays and phase effects
  • Explain quantisation and groove templates
  • Explain how to minimise noise, through matching level and impedance
  • Explain studio monitor designs, and how to set monitor speakers for optimum listening experience

Section 2 – Listening test

Candidates will listen to audio files and answer questions relating to sonic fidelity, music theory and harmony and stylistic awareness to assess their ability to hear and interpret:

  • Sonic Fidelity – Identifying stereo phase issues on instrument and full mix recordings
  • Music Theory & Harmony – Identifying harmonic & melodic minor scales, son and rumba clave
  • Stylistic Awareness – Identifying specific genres

Candidates will be expected to:

  • Identify phase issues in a recording
  • Identify phase issues within a mix
  • Identify harmonic and melodic minor scales
  • Identify Son and Rumba Claves (3:2 & 2:3)
  • Introducing modern electronic music genres Drum & Bass and Techno

Section 3 – Practical assessment

This is divided into two:

  • Technical Skills – A series of specified tasks, which must be completed using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). The task will centre around correcting the timing in a performance
  • Professional Scenario – The candidate must choose and implement appropriate technique to resolve a scenario. The candidate may choose to specialise in Music Production, Electronic Music Production or Sound for Media.
    • Music Production: – The scenario will focus on creating a harmony to a vocal performance from a range of software techniques
    • Electronic Music Production: – The scenario will require a drum break to be edited and retimed to a new tempo
    • Sound for Media: – The scenario will require the candidate to create a sonic solution to an animated logo
The Grade 8 exam is divided into three:

Section 1 – Theoretical written exam

This will assess knowledge and understanding of:

  • Music Production Terminology
  • Sound & Audio Fundamentals

The theory content covered will include subject areas such as comparing studio hardware, audio file formats, analogue vs. digital technology, microphone technique choice, vocal comping, triggered samples, balanced audio advantages and acoustic room design.

Candidates will be expected to:

  • Compare two pieces of studio equipment, making reference to differences in specification
  • Compare two audio file formats
  • Compare analogue and digital connectivity, stating advantages and disadvantages
  • Evaluate the impact that digital technology has had on music production
  • Evaluate the impact that the Digital Audio Workstation has had on music production
  • Choose appropriate microphone techniques for a given situation
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of audio editing, such as compositing vocals, drum timing versus rerecording
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using MIDI triggered samples
  • Evaluate the advantages of using balanced audio, and how to connect balanced and unbalanced devices together in the same audio system
  • Explain acoustic terms such as standing waves, room modes, diffusion, absorption

Section 2 – Listening test

Candidates will listen to audio files and answer questions relating to sonic fidelity, music theory and harmony and stylistic awareness to assess their ability to hear and interpret:

  •  Sonic Fidelity – Identifying high and low resolution audio files
  • Music Theory & Harmony – Identifying modes of the major scale and irregular time signatures
  • Stylistic Awareness – Identifying specific genres

Candidates will be expected to:

  • Identify the difference between MP3 and Wav versions of the same recording
  • Identify the difference between MP3 and Wav versions of the same full mix
  • Identify the difference between 128kbps and 320kbps MP3’s
  • Identify three modes of the major scale Dorian, Mixolydian and Lydian
  • Identify irregular time signatures 5/4, 7/8
  • Introduce modern electronic music genres from a choice of two: Dubstep and EDM

Section 3 – Practical assessment

This is divided into two sections:

  • Technical Skills – A series of specified tasks, which must be completed using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). The task will centre around creative music production technique such as parallel compression.
  • Professional Scenario – The candidate must choose and implement appropriate technique to resolve a scenario. At Grade 8 the candidate may choose to specialise in Music Production, Electronic Music Production or Sound for Media.
    • Music Production: – The scenario will focus on mastering a final mix with EQ, compressions and limiters
    • Electronic Music Production: – The scenario will focus on creating a remix using the supplied vocal sample
    • Sound for Media: – The scenario will require the candidate to synchronise foley sfx to the provided video

We welcome your call to discuss this course further or, if you need help in deciding which one is for you, phone us on +44(0)1256 781000 or you can email us at info@pslacademy.co.uk.

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