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Sound Arts 2: Digital Principles of Sound (SNDA 1320)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 2
Lab Credits: 1

Description: This course builds on the foundation laid in Sound Arts 1, particularly in the digital world. You will learn the fundamental principles of working with digital data– first using MIDI, and then digital audio. You will use these digital principles to explore sound processing, synthesis, and sampling. Your skills with signal paths and mixing will also be expanded. Class projects will ask you to widen your aesthetic scope, to explore the variety of work in the field. This course requires extensive work in the on-site Sound Arts labs.

Topical Outline:
1. Expansion of analog mixing and signal path skills
2. Introduction to types of signal processing and their broad applications
3. Overview of common synthesis types, with an introduction to subtractive synthesis
4. Digital control systems using the MIDI language and operational principles of digital hardware/software
5. Introduction to digital audio principles, using sampling and simple stereo recording
6. Continued development of listening skills and artistic form

Learning Outcomes:
1. Illustrate and apply the ability to control and troubleshoot the entire signal path; from inputs, to outboard processing, to recorders
2. Choose which type of processors to use, and how to integrate them into the signal path
3. Distinguish the unique characteristics of MIDI from those of audio and apply them through sequencing operations to create artwork
4. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the fundamental nature of all three domains, and the keys to working in them
5. Produce a finished artwork that integrates control of both the analog and digital domains
6. Integrate the material of the course with aesthetic growth, through a range of short production projects, both musical and non-musical

Prerequisites:  SNDA 1310