MUSA125-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Music Technologies 1

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018


Development of knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and the fundamentals of using computers for digital sampling, mixing and editing. Developing skills in the use of computer-based music notation technologies.

Students will attend lectures and small-group laboratories.

Topics covered in this course are:
Term 1
*  Basics of using a Mac computer
*  Basics of digital audio
*  Using midi
*  Sibelius software notation
Term 2
*  Microphones and recording
*  Basic mixing
*  Syncing audio with video
*  Preparing sound for distribution

Learning Outcomes

Students who pass this course will be able to demonstrate:
*  understanding of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs);
*  basic skills in the use of computer-based music notation technology;
*  basic skills and knowledge of technological principles of using computers for digital sampling, mixing and editing;
*  basic knowledge and skills in using specific music software such as Logic and ProTools.


MUSI 125, DIGI125

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 339 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
02 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 339 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
*  24 hours attending lectures
*  12 hours attending laboratories
*  46 hours preparing for in-class assessments
*  68 hours creating portfolio of works / remixes

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Hamish Oliver

Lecturer:  Sarah Kelleher


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Singer-Songwriter Recording Assignment 22 Mar 2016 25%
Audio to Video Part A 08 Apr 2016 10%
Sibelius Notation 24 May 2016 15%
Audio to Video Part B 03 Jun 2016 25%
In-class Test 02 Jun 2016 25%


Recommended Reading

Stavrou, Michael Paul; Mixing with your mind : closely guarded secrets of sound balance engineering; 1st ed; Flux Research, 2003.


Use of Technology

This course assumes that you have sufficient information and technology skills to confidently use a computer to access material for your course.  Your written work should be submitted typed, using standard word-processor software.  The School of Music has iMacs you are able to use which have all standard software required for this course.

You will be required to access our learning management system - Learn - and to become familiar with its tools.  Learn provides easily-accessible information about the course and assessments, topics and deadlines, and supports the learning you will gain from attending all lectures and tutorials.  For help using Learn, refer to:

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

The following shows how to translate grades to numerical scores:

A+  90–100;    A   85–89;    A-  80–84;    B+   75–79;    B 70–74;    B-   65–69;     C+  60–64;     C  55–59;     C- 50–54;     D  40–49;   E  0–39
In a course at 100- or 200-level examiners may grant restricted credit (R) which will be equivalent to a pass for all purposes except as a prerequisite.

A pass is 50 marks and over.

Please see the School of Music handbook for information regarding the following:  late submission of work, aegrotats, plagiarism and dishonest practices, appeals, and reconsiderations.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $834.00

International fee $3,888.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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