Curriculum Guideline

Sequencing and Synthesis II

Effective Date:
Course Code
MUSC 2171
Sequencing and Synthesis II
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture/demonstration. Students will work alongside the instructor, either in the large studio or Technology Lab. Students will be expected to complete regular assignments and projects outside of class time. These can be done in the lab, the studio, or at home.

Course Description
Through lecture/demonstrations and lab work, students will continue to explore advanced techniques in synthesis and audio. Emphasis will be placed on ways in which audio and synthesis are combined in modern music production, along with more experimental uses of this technology.
This course will further the exploration of advanced sequencing and production techniques introduced in Music 1271, including the use of Logic Pro plug-ins.
Course Content

Lab work will utilize advanced sequencing and synthesis including the following:

In-depth synthesizer programming including:

  • Sound Design using the synthesizers Sculpture, Ultrabeat, ES2, and ES1.
  • Programming utilizing EXS24, EVOC 20 PolySynth and Sculpture.
  • Side-chain production utilizing internal plug-ins.
  • Sequencing using hybrid synthesizers.
  • Sequencing with alternative MIDI controllers.
  • MIDI production using leading-edge features including Advanced Transformers
  • Operations, Input Quantize and Compression, Multi-Input Recording, and Advanced Editing.

In-depth MIDI productions work will include the following:

  • Advanced MIDI effects such as Arpeggiators, Chord Triggers, Scripting, Randomizing, and Control Change Modifiers.
  • Advanced audio effects on MIDI and audio tracks.
  • Production techniques designed specifically for different styles.
  • Production techniques designed to maximize mix diversities.
  • Advanced Digital Sampling techniques including velocity-cross fading.
  • Multiple-zone programming, filter programming, and audio file processing.

In-depth compositional production techniques including:

  • Alternate stylistic production for synthesis and synthesizers.
  • Creation of hybrid productions utilizing third-party plug-ins.
  • Recognition of varied stylistic methods of production utilizing Logic Pro X Plug-Ins.
  • Multiple compositions and productions using contemporary techniques.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to work unasissted in a major DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) and apply the following concepts:

Lab work will utilize advanced sequencing and synthesis including the following:

  • In-depth synthesizer programming
  • In-depth MIDI productions
  • In-depth compositional production techniques
Means of Assessment
Tests or assignments (minimum of 2)  30%
Midterm Project  30%
Final Project  40%
Total 100%
Textbook Materials

No texts or materials are required. All required hardware and software for the completion of assignments and projects is available in the studio.


MUSC 1271 or permission of instructor





Which Prerequisite