Course Syllabus
FALL 2011
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This course is an introductory overview of four primary subjects:
1. Intro & overview of Mac OSX.
3. Sound Editing.
4. Digital Audio Recording

The emphasis of the course will be upon developing a good general understanding of how computers are used in the contemporary music making process. It is the intention of this class to provide a hierarchical framework of knowledge which students will be able to use to teach themselves new and useful skills in the rapidly developing technologies. This will be a Project/Computer Lab oriented project and it is expected that students wil emerge with a working knowledge of MIDI, Sound Design and Digital Audio recording


This is a lecture/discussion course in which topics are presented by the instructor along with audio and video demonstrations. Brief quizzes may be given at the start of each class and the course will include a MIDTERM and FINAL EXAM. STUDENT PROJECTS will also contribute to the final grade.


There are three primary goals for this course:

1. To create a framework of knowledge within which students can make sense of the rapidly developing field of Music Technology.

2. To teach student to teach themselves the skills needed to be proficient with modern technology.

3. To teach students how to be work efficiently with computers


The course will cover the following topics:

Intro & overview of Mac OSX
Over view of computer hardware & software, operating systems, networks, etc.
Login, passwords, accounts, etc.
File structure, navigating, etc.
Server vs. local machine (what it means, where things are, efficient network usage, scratch disks, etc.)

Idea of symbolic representation of actions & responses, etc.
Binary, Decimal & Hex number systems
Detailed MIDI Spec. - message types, status & data bytes, etc.
System set-up, troubleshooting, etc.
Controllers, sound modules, etc.
Sequencing, editing, transforming
Notation software

Digital Audio
A/D & D/A - overview of digital systems, basic sampling theory (quantization & sample frequency, etc.)
Digital audio file formats (compressed/uncompressed, AIFF, MP3, Wave, etc.)
Peak - recording, editing, plugins, playlists, CD burning
Toast - CD burning
ProTools - basic multi track recording, mixing, bounce to disc, stereo vs. mono tracks, etc.


Required Text: The craft of Controlling Sound by Stephen Solum.

Course work will be weighted as follows:

Quizzes: 25%
Midterm: 25%
Projects: 15%
Final Exam: 25%
Attendance: 10%

A quiz may be given at any time during any class period -- immediately after a lecture, at the beginning or end of a class, etc. There will be no make-up quizzes -- none even later during the same class period. Quizzes will be given only to those students who are present when the quizzes are passed out.





Arriving more than 5 minutes late for a class will count as an absence for that day. More than 2 unexcused absences will begin to affect your grade. Absences for which a medical or court excuse is provided (professional letterhead required) will be recorded but not figured in the attendance grade. Likewise, one absence for which advance notice is given by phone or in person will not be figured in the attendance grade.


Your recorded grades will be available for your review at any convenient time. Do remember to keep all papers and quizzes returned to you so that any discrepancies can be easily and fairly straightened out. Except in cases of actual error, final grades are permanent. G. CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT

All reasonable attempts will be made to adhere to the schedule & information in this syllabus. However, the instructor reserves the right to make accommodations & adaptations based on class progress, special opportunities, as well as occurrences outside the instructor’s control.

Schedule Plan

Date Lecture Title Summary
Week 1
Lecture 1 8/29/06 Introductions Syllabus Goals setting Expectations
Lecture 2 8/31/06 Computer Communications Synchronous Asynchronous Isochronous Parallel Serial Networks Binary Hex Decimal Number systems. Mac Navigation. Filing organization. Core Audio MIDI features and synthesis
Week 2
Lecture 3 9/5/06 OS X 1 Synthesis Archgutecture
Lecture 4 9/7/06 OSX 2 Synthesis 101

Week 3
Lecture 5 9/12/06 Analog to Digital 1
Lecture 6 9/14/06 Origin of MIDI MIDI Specification
Week 4
Lecture 7 9/19/06 MIDI Specification System Common Realtime Sysex Controllers
Lecture 8 9/21/06 MIDI Sequencer 1 Recording Mixing tracks
Week 5
Lecture 9 9/26/06 MIDI Sequencer 2 Tone generators Voices Combis Effects Sysex
Lecture 10 9/28/06 MIDI Sequencer 3 Controllers in detail
Week 6
Lecture 11 10/3/06 MIDI Sequencer 4 Tracks Views List Editor Graphic Editor Mixer
Lecture 12 10/5/06 MIDI Sequencer 5 Transforms Swing Tempos and transpose
Week 7
Lecture 13 10/10/06 MIDTERM EXAMS
Lecture 14 10/12/06 MIDTERM EXAMS
Week 8
Lecture 15 10/17/06 MIDI Sequencer 5 Notation Software
Lecture 16 10/19/06 MIDI Sequencer 6 Notations Software
Week 9
Lecture 17 10/24/06 MIDI Sequencer 7 Notation Software
Lecture 18 10/26/06 MIDI Sequencer 8 MIDI Mixing
Week 10
Lecture 19 10/31/06 MIDI Tips & Tricks Simulating Sustaining Decaying Instrument behaviours
Lecture 20 11/2/06 MIDI Voicing Specs General MIDI GS XG Specifications
Week 11
Lecture 21 11/7/06 MIDI/Digital Audio 1 Using MIDI and audio tracks together
Lecture 22 11/9/06 MIDI/Digital Audio 2 MIDI/Audio Mixing
Week 12
Lecture 23 11/14/06 Digital Audio 1 A/D D/A Sampling theory
Lecture 24 11/16/06 Digital Audio 2 Digital Audio File formats
Week 13
Lecture 25 11/21/06 Digital Audio 3 Peak I - recording
Lecture 26 11/23/06 Digital Audio 4 Thanksgiving
Week 14
Lecture 27 11/26/06 Digital Audio 5 Peak 3 - Editing/Plug Ins
Lecture 28 11/28/06 Digital Audio 6 Peak 4 Compressionn
Week 15
Lecture 29 12/1/06 Digital Audio 8 Pro Tools I - Four track Recording
Lecture 30 12/3/06 Digital Audio 9 ProTools II - Four Track Mixing
Week 16
Lecture 31 12/6/06 FINAL EXAMS
Lecture 32 12/8/06 FINAL EXAMS