Syllabus

This syllabus shows topics, assignments, other homework, and due dates. Click on links to get instructions for the assignments.

Work in the Assignments column is listed in the week in which the work is due. Be sure to look down to later rows to see what you need to be working on! The items in the Homework column indicate the day the homework is due. (“for Wed” means you need to do the homework before the Wednesday class.)

There may be a short online quiz about the homework on these days, after we have had a chance to review the material in class. A quiz may cover all of the reading done since the last quiz. Makeup quizzes are given only in the case of excused absences.

“Homework” means: work you can do at home. In other words, you usually do not need to be in M373 to do this work, though it may sometimes be necessary. Assignments must be done in M373. You are expected to spend time outside of class doing the assignments in M373. There will not be enough work time in class to finish them.

For an overview of the assignments, go here.

The dates given in the Dates column are for the Monday of the week.

Dates Topics Assignments Homework
Week 1
(6/9)
Getting acquainted with Reason — Introduction to MIDI recording — Making drum patterns DUE Fri (6/13): Exercise A
 
Fill out Questionnaire in Canvas
(in Quizzes section)
for Wed: Video: Overview
for Wed: Video: Recording
 
for Fri: Video: Redrum
for Fri: Video: Drum Beats
(IU network or VPN only)
Week 2
(6/16)
Basic acoustics — MIDI editing — Looping — Musical Contrast DUE Wed (6/18): Exercise B for Mon: Acoustics reading
for Mon: Video: Beginner’s Guide
 
for Wed: Video: Beginner’s Guide
for Wed: Acoustics 1 app, pages 1‑5  
for Fri: Acoustics 2 app, pages 1‑5  
for Fri: IRN Frequency Range Chart
Week 3
(6/23)
Mixing — MIDI hardware setups — MIDI messages DUE Wed (6/25): Assignment 1
for Wed: MIDI reading
 
for Fri: MIDI app, pages 1‑2
Week 4
(6/30)
More MIDI messages — Creating and editing MIDI control change messages — Automation — Tempo changes — Send effects Friday is July 4th: no class
 
for Mon: MIDI app, pages 3‑4
 
for Wed: MIDI app, pages 5‑6
Week 5
(7/7)
Synthesis — Filters — Modulation — Sampling — Pattern sequencing DUE Mon (7/7): Assignment 2
for Mon: Modulation app, pages 1‑2
 
for Wed: Modulation app, pages 3‑5
Week 6
(7/14)
Introduction to audio files in Reason — Digital audio concepts — Formants and pitch correction — Audio time-scaling and quantization DUE Mon (7/14): Assignment 3 for Mon: Digital Audio 1 reading

for Fri: Digital Audio 2 reading
Week 7
(7/21)
EQ — Vocoder — Delay effects — Dynamics processing DUE Mon (7/21): Assignment 4
 
Begin Final Project
for Mon: Filters and EQ reading

for Wed: Delay Effects reading

for Fri: Dynamics Effects reading
Week 8
(7/28)
Final project workshop
Attendance required at playback of final projects on Friday!
DUE TH (7/31): Final Project

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