Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Basic Music Technology

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION The study-unit examines the basics of the hardware, software and techniques required in today's music industry. This enables one to be able to use music technology to enhance one's musical capabilities in any area of music one is working in, whether it is performance, composition, musicology or music education.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:
a) familiarise students with the basic concepts required to operate modern music software and hardware;
b) facilitate student understanding of how a MIDI works, the principles behind digital audio, and how frequently used hardware such as microphones and speakers operate;
c) offer an extensive insight in the area of acoustics.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) recognise the set-up of a MIDI system for the required task;
b) attain knowledge to operate a digital audio editor to edit and process digital audio;
c) explore score editor to engrave scores professionally;
d) identify the set-up for the right type of microphone/s required for a particular recording situation;
e) examine the acoustic properties of a performance space and be able to suggest appropriate enhancements to ameliorate the said acoustic properties if this is required.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) edit MIDI files in a sequencer;
b) edit digital audio;
c) process digital audio;
d) use microphones appropriately;
e) produce scores using score editors;
f) adapt and modify a performance / recording space as necessary to get to the desired acoustic qualities.

Main Texts:

- Leider, Colby N. 2004. Digital Audio Workstation : Mixing, Recording and Mastering Your Mac or PC. (USA : McGraw-Hill Education).
- Pohlmann, Ken C. 2010. Principles of Digital Audio, 6th ed. (USA : McGraw-Hill Education).
- Russ, Martin. 2008. Sound Synthesis and Sampling , 3rd ed. (London : Focal Press).
- White, Paul. 2003. Creative Recording 1 - Effects and Processors, 2nd ed. (London : Sanctuary Publishing Ltd.)
- White, Paul. 2003. Creative Recording 2 - Microphones, Acoustics, Soundproofing and Monitoring, 2nd ed. (London: Sanctuary Publishing Ltd.)
- White, Paul. 2004. Creative Recording 3 - Recording on the Move (London : Sanctuary Publishing Ltd.)

Supplementary Readings

- Howard, David. 2009. Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, 4th ed. (London : Focal Press).
- Peters R.J. and B.J. Smith. 2011. Acoustics and Noise Control 3rd ed. (London: Routledge).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Essay SEM1 Yes 50%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Reuben Pace

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