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
(1/12)
Getting acquainted with Reason — Introduction to MIDI recording for Wed: Video: Overview
 
for Fri: Video: Recording
Week 2
(1/19)
Making drum patterns Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day: no class
 
DUE Wed (1/21): Exercise A
 
Fill out Questionnaire in Canvas
(in Quizzes)
for Wed: Video: Redrum
 
for Fri: Video: Drum Beats
(IU network or VPN only)
Week 3
(1/26)
Basic acoustics — MIDI editing DUE Mon (1/26): Exercise B for Mon: Acoustics reading
 
for Wed: Video: Beginner’s Guide
 
for Fri: Acoustics 1 app, pages 1‑3
Week 4
(2/2)
More acoustics — Musical contrast — Introduction to mixing for Mon: Acoustics 1 app, pages 4‑6
for Mon: IRN Frequency Range Chart
 
for Fri: Acoustics 2 app, pages 1‑3
Week 5
(2/9)
Exercise C — Automation — Assignment 1 group critiques DUE Mon (2/9): Assignment 1
for Wed: Acoustics 2 app, pages 4‑5
Week 6
(2/16)
MIDI hardware setups — MIDI messages — Rhythmic feel — Block editing DUE Mon (2/16): Exercise C
for Wed: MIDI reading
 
for Fri: MIDI app, pages 1‑2
Week 7
(2/23)
More MIDI messages — Creating and editing MIDI control change messages — Automation — Tempo changes for Mon: MIDI app, pages 3‑4
 
for Wed: MIDI app, pages 5‑6
Week 8
(3/2)
Synthesis with Reason — Filters — Modulation with LFOs DUE Mon (3/2): Assignment 2
for Wed: Modulation app, pages 1‑2
 
for Fri: Modulation app, pages 3‑5
Week 9
(3/9)
Sampling — Sample preparation in Audacity — CV and pattern sequencing
3/16 Spring Break
Week 10
(3/23)
Introduction to audio files in Reason — Digital audio concepts — Formants and pitch correction DUE Mon (3/23): Assignment 3 for Fri: Digital Audio 1 reading


Week 11
(3/30)
Digital audio concepts — EQ for Mon: Digital Audio 2 reading
for Fri: Filters and EQ reading
Week 12
(4/6)
How basic audio effects work: EQ, Vocoder DUE Mon (4/6): Assignment 4
 
Begin Final Project
Week 13
(4/13)
Delay effects; dynamics processing for Wed: Delay Effects reading
for Fri: Dynamics Effects reading
Week 14
(4/20)
More dynamics processing
Week 15
(4/27)
Attendance required at playback of final projects on Wednesday and Friday! DUE Tue (4/28): Final Project

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