DIGI125-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Music Technologies 1

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


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.

Music Technology 1 introduces essential concepts and competencies in computer-based music production and composition. The course would be of special interest to: Aspiring home studio or “bedroom” producers; Composers of electronic music who want to hone their production skills; Composers of film music wishing to gain greater technical competency; Professional composers who want to learn how to produce high quality demo recordings; anyone with a broad interest in digital music making. Topics covered include:

• Fundamentals of digital audio recording and editing
• Efficient and creative use of industry standard DAWs including Logic Pro,  
  ProTools, Ableton Live, and Sibelius
• Creating music with MIDI and Virtual Studio Technology (VST) instruments
• Essential microphone techniques
• Managing signal flow and analogue to digital conversion
• Principles of digital audio mixdown
• Best practices for monitoring in home and professional studios
• Optimal audio configuration in the Mac OSX operating system

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of best practices and awareness of current trends in digital music production
  • Acquisition of fundamental skills in industry standard DAW operation
  • Fluency in computer-based music notation systems
  • Practical understanding of signal flow and analogue-to-digital conversion
  • Ability to configure and optimize small digital music production studios


MUSI125, MUSA125

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 A8 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

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 working on creative assignments.

Course Coordinator

Reuben de Lautour


Hamish Oliver


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
MIDI Editing 20% Assignment 1
Demonstration Task 1 - Sibelius Music Entry 15%
Demonstration Task 2 - Basic Music Production Skills 15%
Mash Up 20% Assignment 2
In-class Written Test 30%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $850.00

International fee $3,775.00

* 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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