Sequencing and Synthesis I

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Music
Course Code
MUSC 1171
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
26
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
Through lecture/demonstrations and hands-on studio work, students will learn to produce music using sequencers and synthesizers. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the underlying concepts and theory of digital sequencing and synthesis. Using current music software and virtual instruments, students will produce several original works.
Course Content
  1. MIDI protocol, including hexadecimal numbers, MIDI bytes and MIDI messages
  2. Sequencers: paradigms and design, including analog, digital and hybrid designs.
  3. Sequencing: input, editing, representation
  4. Introduction to synthesis theory and practice, including additive, subtractive, FM and wavetable models.
  5. Sampling techniques, including recording, editing and layering samples.
  6. Multitracking and mixing, using hardware and software sequencers
  7. Alternative controllers, including breath, hand and motion-based designs.
  8. Hardware instruments: analog and digital sample players and synthesizers
  9. Virtual instruments: computer based hybrids combining sampling and synthesis.
Methods Of Instruction

The instructor will devote four hours per week to lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor in the Technology Lab. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These can be done in the lab or at home.

Means of Assessment
Tests/Quizzes (minimum of 2)  30%
Midterm Project  30%
Final Project  40%
Total 100%

 

 

 

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to work unassisted with sequencing software, and will understand and be able to apply the following:

  1. MIDI protocol
  2. Sequencers
  3. Sequencing techniques
  4. Introduction to synthesis theory and practice
  5. Sampling
  6. Multitracking and mixing
  7. Alternative controllers
  8. Hardware instruments
  9. Virtual instruments
Textbook Materials

No texts or materials are required. All required hardware and software for the completion of assignments and projects is available in the lab. Students who wish to work outside the lab may want to purchase their own copies of the software used in class. A complete list of recommended software will be available at the first class session.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Music Technology Diploma program entrance or permission of instructor

Corequisites

None

Equivalencies

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
35389
Fri Thu
07-Sep-2021
- 08-Dec-2021
07-Sep-2021
08-Dec-2021
Putz
Ian
Full
MUSC 1171 001 is restricted to Music Technology students only.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
26
26
0
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Fri
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3220
10:30 - 12:20
Thu
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N3220
12:30 - 14:20