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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Record a stereo production 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114558  Record a stereo production 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Music Industry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Music 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The purpose of this unit standard is to enable learners to operate the basics of An audio analogue and digital computer system to record a stereo image of a muti-track sound recording.

These competencies show expectations that learners can recognize, make sound judgement and use basic operations regarding the most effective technologies to use in specific situations. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Learners should have attained the outcomes of NQF Level 3 outcomes regarding mathematics, literacy, computers and music in the Further Education and Training (FET) Band, before embarking on learning towards this Unit Standard (since this Unit Standard builds on these competencies). Life Skills level 2 is recommended. NQF Level 3: Ear Training and Protection competencies are also recommended. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Number of audio tracks 4 - 8 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Set up mix down recording equipment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Mixing console, dynamics processors and effects units are set up to ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Stereo recording media is set up to ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Multi-track audio playback was set up to ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Specified music genre and title is identified and selected to ensure the correct mix down 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Mix down a multi-track playback to a stereo recorded master. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Cue points/flags were marked to ensure required cue points/flags can be located 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Multi-tracks have the required output to ensure a balanced mix 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Specified effects are adjusted to enhance musical and technical requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Equaliser parameters are adjusted to enhance musical requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Dynamic effects are adjusted to enhance the specified signals 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Panning is adjusted to ensure the required placement in the stereo picture 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
MIDI equipment outputs are connected to ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
MIDI synchronisation was set up to ensure slave programs follow the master machine in synchronisation 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Operate stereo digital and analogue recording equipment. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Stereo sound source/record levels are set so as to ensure required input levels 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Sample rates are selected to ensure compatibility 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Digital recording hardware is operated to ensure a quality recording 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The master recording is saved to ensure a completed master is recorded 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Playback of the stereo master is checked to ensure standard playback levels with no distortions 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
A specified edit was made on the master stereo recording equipment to ensure a clean edit 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of learner achievements takes place at providers accredited by a relevant ETQA (RSA, 1998b) for the provision of programs that result in the outcomes specified for this unit standard.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with a relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with a relevant ETQA.
  • The relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures will oversee moderation of assessment and is responsible for moderation of learner achievements of learners who meet the requirements of this unit standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Basic sound engineering concepts, acoustics, psychoacoustics, equipment types, specifications and terminology (Including: Analogue terminology, Digital media format terminology, Editing terminology, Terminology associated with production materials, Associated MIDI terminology, and Terminology associated with the burning/printing of audio signals
  • Basic computer and media terminology, specifications and standards
  • Basic digital editing and sound manipulation procedures 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems when setting up mix down recording equipment 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others in a team when identifying and selecting music genre and title to ensure the correct mix down 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management when mixing down a multi-track playback to a stereo recorded master 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information when identifying and selecting music genre and title to ensure the correct mix down 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively when identifying and selecting music genre and title to ensure the correct mix down 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate basic technological competence when recording a stereo production in general 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand contextual world-systems when setting up mix down recording equipment 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  67462   Further Education and Training Certificate: Music Industry: Sound Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  61450   Further Education and Training Certificate: Film and Television Production Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MICTS 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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