Explore sounds on the Korg and ways of playing them, including use of
control inputs such as the joystick, real-time control knobs, aftertouch
and velocity. Develop sensitivity to envelope types and sound qualities.
Write short descriptions of three sounds you like.
Create a multi-track sequence using Digital Performer. This can be your own
music or a creative arrangement of someone else's music. Learn how to set up
for recording, specify Korg sounds and effects, use the metronome, correct
mistakes, quantize notes, edit velocities, create loops, and set initial tempo,
volume and panning.
Learn how to set up Reason, a software synthesizer and sampler, so that you can
play it from a Digital Performer MIDI track. Patch together your own
“rack” of Reason devices, and create a short sequence that uses it.
Build on your sequencing skills to create a radically altered version of some
music I provide you with. Learn how to automate volume, panning and effects
level; use MIDI effects such as echo and invert; work with continuous data; and
make tempo changes.
Program your own sounds for Reason devices, using oscillators, filters,
envelopes, etc. Explore the concepts of control voltage and pattern
sequencing. Make your own samples and map them to the keyboard.
Digital Performer lets you combine MIDI tracks with audio tracks, which use
bits of recorded audio. I provide the audio for this assignment; you use it
creatively to make some music. Learn how to edit audio tracks, use Digital
Performer’s audio effects, and scale the duration and pitch of audio
Choose some music you made for an earlier assignment, learn how to “mix it
down” to a stereo audio file and make an MP3 file to put on your web site.
Use all the knowledge you’ve gained to put together a longer piece of
music. We’ll listen to everyone’s work during the last few days of