CECM website: http://iu.edu/~emusic
Class website: http://iu.edu/~emusic/503
Check online syllabus regularly (use Browser Reload), as it does occassionally get modified during the semester.     

This syllabus includes lecture topics, tutorial assignments, reading assignments, and exam dates. Click on a tutorial assignment link to get a description of the assignment.

Reading assignments are listed together with the relevant lectures. It is highly recommended that readings be done in advance of the lectures to facilitate maximum comprehension.

Short quizzes pertaining to the week’s readings will be administered at the beginning of most Tuesday classes.

The dates given in the Dates column are for the Tuesday lecture.

Dates Lecture Topics Reading Tutorial
Week 1
(8/27)
Course overview — Administrivia — Introduction to electroacoustic music and the modern computer music studio--Listening Readings are due for class in the week they appear (so be reading Week 2 readings now during Week 1) [no tutorial this week]
Week 2
(9/3)
Basic acoustic principles, part I — Microphones and recording techniques

Basic Acoustic Principles 1-5
Week 2 Acoustics Study Guide
Microphones

First tutorial meeting (Wed. or Thurs.): Introduction to the MAC304 studio

Start Assignment 1: Recording
Week 3
(9/10)
Acoustics, part II — Audio signal flow — Mixing consoles — Introduction to audio in Digital Performer (DP) Basic Acoustic Principles 6-9
Week 3 Acoustics Study Guide
Mixing Console Basics
DP8 manual: 95-122, 131-135, 171-236, 287-361
DUE: Assignment 1
Start Assignment 2: Audio Editing
Week 4
(9/17)
Acoustics, part III — Digital signal processing: time scaling, pitch and formant shifting — Virtual mixing consoles — Automation Basic Acoustic Principles 10-17
Week 4 Acoustics Study Guide
Cables and Connectors
DP8 manual: 471-606, 761-808
DUE: Assignment 2
Start Assignment 3: Short Piece
Week 5
(9/24)

Audio effects: equalization (EQ), delay, reverberation Using DP's MW Equalizer, eVerb, Delay, Echo with automation

Digital Effects Primer
Week 5 Lecture Outline
DP8 manual: 829-845, 865-879
Continue Assignment 3
(Be prepared to play your source material in original, edited, and processed versions; discuss plans for the piece.)
Week 6
(10/1)
Final mixdown (Bounce to Disk) — Digital audio theory Digital Audio Primer 1-7
Week 6 Digital Audio Study Guide
DP8 Manual: 885-904
Continue Assignment 3
(Be prepared to play passages, show how you’re using effects and automation.)
Week 7
(10/8)
Introduction to MIDI sequencing: MIDI hardware connections, MIDI recording and editing — Virtual instruments DP8 manual 125-129, 251-262, 363-400

DUE: Assignment 3
Accessing the CECM Server
Start Assignment 4: MIDI Sequencing
Week 8
(10/15)
MIDTERM EXAM Exam review sheet
Continue Assignment 4
(Be prepared to play some passages.)
Week 9
(10/22)
The MIDI language — Using MIDI controllers — MIDI effects and automation How MIDI Works
Week 9 MIDI Study Guide
DP8 manual: 537-585

DUE: Assignment 4
Start Final Project
Week 10
(10/29)
More virtual instruments — Digital samplers: sample preparation, mapping samples to keyboard
Native Instruments Battery

DP nanosampler ,
DP8 Plug-ins Guide 87-89
Using NI Battery for multisamples
READ Battery Manual (All)

Continue Final Project
(Be prepared to play some sequenced ideas or show some sketches.)
Week 11
(11/5)
Spatialization — Multichannel mixing — Introduction to synthesis, part I: the voltage-controlled analog synthesis model, oscillator waveforms, spectra DP Quad Mixing
Analog Synthesis Facts
Analog Synthesis Patches
Analog Sythesis Terms
Continue Final Project
(Be prepared to show more than you had last time.)
Week 12
(11/12)
Introduction to synthesis, part II: filters, envelopes, sub-audio rate modulation Analog Filter Basics
Continue Final Project
(Be prepared to show more. See, you’re supposed to be making steady progress! By now, you should have either the whole piece roughed out or a substantial portion nearly completed.)
Week 13
(11/19)
Introduction to synthesis, part III: more complex patches and control schemes    
Week 14
(12/3)
Dynamics processing — Busing — Mastering

Wiki compression article
Audio Compression Explained

Continue Final Project
(Time for finishing touches and final mixdown.)
Week 15
(12/10)
PERFORMANCE OF FINAL PROJECTS Final Exam Review Sheet Exam Review
TBA FINAL EXAM (not cumulative, just post-Midterm)    

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