UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MUSC3521 Digital Audio

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music Specialist Studies major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit provides students with essential skills and knowledge in digital recording, mixing, editing and mastering. Lectures provide students with a theoretical understanding of digital audio, covering topics such as acoustical analysis, sampling theory, sound storage/representation and audio effects processing. In laboratory sessions, students apply their theoretical knowledge to several practical exercises working with software-based Digital Audio Workstations (DAW). The unit concludes with a collaborative project, where students work together in small groups to produce a professional standard audio track from recording through to the final mastered copy.

This is an elective unit in the Specialist Music Studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree. It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfill the prerequisites and who have an interest in music.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) interpret and compare sonogram analyses; (2) explain how sound is digitally recorded, stored and represented; (3) describe the analog to digital and digital to analog conversion process; (4) describe sound production processes such as equalisation and compression; (5) assemble a simple recording chain using a microphone and computer; (6) apply knowledge of microphone technique; (7) apply editing techniques in a standard DAW; and (8) apply standard production techniques to a digital recording in a standard DAW.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a mid-semester examination; (2) a practical assignment; (3) a group final project; and (4) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Assistant Professor Christopher Tonkin
Unit rules
Prerequisites: any Level 2 MUSC unit or as approved by the unit coordinator
Incompatibility: MUSC3240 Music Technology
Approved quota: 80—students taking the major Specialist Music Studies are given priority
Contact hours lectures: 10 hours; labs: 20 hours

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