MUSI 1031-01

Course Syllabus

FALL 2011

Prefix, number, name: MUSI 1031-01: DIGITAL MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
Day and Time: TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 1:30-2:30 PM
Building and Room: BEN 245

Instructor: Charles Feilding
Office Location: Music Computer Lab (BEN 246)
Office Hours: 2.30-3.00 pm Tuesday and Thursday


This course provides a practical and theoretical overview of software and digital hardware commonly used in music production activities such as composing, recording, scoring, and arranging. The course focuses on the Mac operating system, MIDI, music notation, digital audio, and the use of the internet for career development. (2 credits)

The course will focus on the contemporary digital tools which are now used to produce more than 90% or recorded music. MIDI/Audio sequencing, software synthesizers, digital recorders (Logic and Protools) and sound editing programs - Peak and audacity which are furthering the art of Sound Design.

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

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.

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.

A 100% - 90%
B 89% - 80%
C 79% - 70%
D 69% - 60%
F Below 60%


100% class attendance is required and is critically important to your instructor and to your student colleagues. More than 1 absence will adversely affect your grade. More than 3 absences can result in you not receiving credit for the course. Tardiness is unacceptable and will also result in a lowering of your final grade. Bottom line: Attend every class in a timely manner.

Late Assignments/Make-Up Exams/Re-Submission of Work/Extra Credit
These will be dealt with on a case by case basis as long as your instructor has notice in advance by email or telephone. Advanced students who are willing to tutor a less advanced student may qualify for extra credit.

Electronic Devices
Cell phones, MP3 players, and other personal communication or entertainment devices are to be silenced or turned off, and not used or displayed during the class period, unless exceptions are made by the instructor. Laptop computers may be used with permission of the instructor. Cell phones may be used in the event of an emergency.

Accommodating Special Needs
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Santa Fe University of Art and Design makes every effort to provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students may receive these accommodations if they contact their professor and register with Emily Powell, Director Academic Advising and Resource Center: 505.473.6570.

Ethics/Academic Integrity
Students are expected to exhibit academic honesty in the completion of all course assignments, exams, and activities. Cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Incidences of academic dishonesty will be dealt with according to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design policy on academic integrity.

Emergency Class Cancellation
If an emergency arises in which class must be cancelled, a note will be posted on the classroom door informing students of the cancellation and related information. If a cancellation notice is not posted, students are expected to remain in the classroom until dismissed by a college representative. In the event of severe weather, students should listen to local radio/television announcements for information or check the Santa Fe University website: If the college is open, students are expected to attend class.

ASSIGNMENTS/EXAMS (Subject to Change)
Quizzes: 25%
Midterm: 25%
Final Exam: 25%
Attendance: 25%

Schedule Plan

Date Lecture Title Summary
Week 1
Lecture 1 8/30/11 Introductions Syllabus Goals setting Expectations
Lecture 2 9/1/11 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 9/6/11 OS X 1 Synthesis Architecture
Lecture 4 9/8/11 OSX 2 Synthesis 101

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