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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Operate digital recording software 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
114559  Operate digital recording software 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Performing Arts 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Performing Arts 
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 standard is to enable learners to use audio and midi software in the recording process 

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 
The range of this Unit Standard is reflected in the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Prepare audio recording set-up for a digital recording. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Sample rates and bit depths are set to ensure the accuracy of stored audio data 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Recording mode is selected according to specification 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Selected input is chosen to enable signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
One or more tracks are armed to enable recording 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Recording levels are checked to ensure an adequate signal input 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Now time was set to show starting point of recording 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Record a MIDI track using MIDI recording software. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Time signature is set according to specification, to enable beats per bar to be utilised 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Tempo setting is adjusted to ensure required tempo 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
MIDI timing resolution is selected to ensure timing accuracy 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Step pattern is recorded to ensure step by step notes are put in the recorded pattern 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Loop recording is achieved to enable multiple takes in a section 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
A MIDI file is imported and opened to enable over dubbing 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
File is saved to ensure no loss of data 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Control playback with digital recording software. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Specified now time/start time was selected to enable playback at the required position 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
A specified section was looped to enable the portion to be played over and over 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Tracks are muted or soloed according to requirements 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Output devices are set to ensure signal flow 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Output volume and pan settings are adjusted to ensure specified settings 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Edit MIDI and audio tracks with digital recording software. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
A track is transposed to enable a key change 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
An event is shifted in time to adjust the note value 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Velocity of a note is changed to adjust the dynamic (volume) of the note 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
A specified section is copied to specified point to ensure continuity of timing 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Parameters in the editing functions are applied to ensure the required results 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
No data is mistakenly lost or damaged 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Arrange tracks with digital recording software. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Tracks are copied to specified slots to enable shifting of track data 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Tracks are erased to delete unwanted data 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Tracks are dragged to new positions as required 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Sections of tracks are zoomed into to enable close inspection 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Markers are set to identify cue points 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
Tempo changes were inserted to alter tempo according to specifications 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Synchronise digital recording software to specified time code. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
MIDI time code, is used to ensure synchronisation 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Troubleshooting is performed to identify and eliminate causes of synchronisation problems 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
SMPTE is used to synchronise devices 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Chase/lock is used to ensure that the slave machine locks and chases the master 


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 music copyright concepts, licensing and contract terminology 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solve problems when preparing an audio recording set-up for a digital recording 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Employ self management when operating digital recording software in general 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Manage information when editing MIDI and audio tracks with digital recording software 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use technology when operating digital recording software in general 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Understand contextual world-systems editing MIDI and audio tracks with digital recording software 

    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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