20 credits at level HE5
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the principles and applications of audio signal processing through the vehicle of a digital audio workstation (DAW).
The nature of sound, loudness and the dB.
Microphones and loudspeakers.
The MIDI system. Channel, mode and system messages.
Sound processing. Amplifiers and filters. Send and insert effects.
Stereo and surround sound systems.
Sampling rates. Dynamic range and number of bits needed.
Sound recognition. Harmonics and musical timbre. Types of Sound Generator.
Musical scales: historical development and equal temperament.
Formal lectures and tutorials are used to introduce and develop the concepts described in the syllabus. Computer studio work is based around a project lasting the whole semester. Students learn of the different aspects of computer sound processing week-by-week and relate this to the task of putting a sound track to a video clip. Assessment is via a formal set of tutorial questions and the major task of engineering the sound for the video clip issued.
Approximate time allocation is as follows;
Lectures 15 hours
Computer studio sessions 30 hours
Directed study 25 hours
Coursework 50 hours
Background reading 40 hours
Assessment preparation 40 hours
Total 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Understand the basic terminology of acoustics and sound measurement calculations and know how the ear responds to sound waves.||Be able to explain and perform simple calculations using the definitions used in acoustics and relate how the ear responds to different frequencies and loudnesses.|
|2.||Appreciate that hearing is a complex process and that sound recognition involves harmonic and transient analysis and phase.||Know the principles of stereo and 5.1 recording and playback techniques and be able to explain what is meant by the timbre of a musical instrument.|
|3.||Understand the principles, structure, operation and application of computer sound processing systems.||Analyse, specify and apply appropriate computer systems for sound processing applications.|
|4.||Know how to input an audio signal into a computer system via a microphone, CD or on-line sound library.||Understand and apply the principles of audio recording, editing and effects processing.|
|5.||Understand the concept of the MIDI system.||Be able to record and edit MIDI instructions in a DAW.|
|6.||Know how to use a DAW for mixdown and mastering for audio and video recording applicaions.||Add a sound track to a video clip.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A sound processing assignment using a digital audio workstation system.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Gibson, David (2005) 'The art of mixing: a visual guide to recording, engineering, and production' 2nd ed published Boston, Mass. : Thomson/Course Technology
Logic Pro 9 (2009), 'User Manual', pub by Apple.
Newell, Philip Richard; Holland, Keith (2007) 'Loudspeakers : for music recording and reproduction' published Amsterdam; London: Focal
Rumsey F, (1994) 'MIDI Systems & Control', pub by Focal Press.
Talbot-Smith, Michael (2002) 'Sound engineering explained' 2nd ed
published Oxford: Focal
|Host Subject Group:||Creative Technologies|
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