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Sequencing and Synthesis

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Music
Course Code
MUSC 3181
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
26
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
Fall

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%
  100%

*The Final Project constitutes one component of the graduation portfolio requirement

Learning Outcomes

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 sequencing software and virtual instruments, students will produce several original works.

On 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 Certificate program entrance or permission of instructor

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

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
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU MUSI 3XXX (3) 2011/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 3XX (3) 2011/09/01 to 2020/04/30
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU MUSC 3XXX (3) 2011/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit 2011/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit 2011/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit 2011/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GE 1XX (3) 2011/09/01 to 2020/04/30
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC MUS 3XX (1.5) 2011/09/01 to 2020/04/30

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.