Advanced Sound Applications

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1271
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Through lecture/demonstrations and lab work, students will 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. Students will produce a final project combining audio and MIDI techniques.
Course Content
  1. Advanced audio editing, including time stretching, transpositions, loop points etc.
  2. Advanced software instruments, including synthesizer, percussion and string modeling instruments.
  3. Virtual orchestras: aesthetics and possibilities.
  4. Distributed processing, including multicore and multiprocessor systems.
  5. Sequencing in live performance, using standard DAW software and specialized “Live” programs.
  6. Ensemble performances (ie., forming a “MIDI Band” for live performance)
  7. Students may explore individual topics in this class, in consultation with the instructor.
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.

Means of Assessment
Tests/Quizzes (minimum of 2) 30%
Midterm Project 30%
Final Project* 40%
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Advanced audio editing
  2. Advanced software instruments
  3. Virtual orchestras
  4. Distributed processing
  5. Sequencing in live performance
  6. Ensemble performances
  7. Individual topics.
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 1171 or permission of instructor




Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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

Course Offerings

Fall 2021

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