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Sequencing and Synthesis II

Course Code: MUSC 2171
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: Music
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

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 or assignments (minimum of 2)  30%
Midterm Project  30%
Final Project  40%
Total 100%

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

course prerequisites

MUSC 1271 or permission of instructor



curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.