DIGI125-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Music Technologies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


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 Technologies 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 (Digital Audio Workstations) for
example; Logic Pro X and Ableton Live
• Creating music with MIDI and virtual (software-based) 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

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 audio recording/editing systems
  • Practical understanding of signal flow and analogue-to-digital conversion
  • Ability to configure and optimize small digital music production studios
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


MUSI125, MUSA125

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
03 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
04 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 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 working on creative assignments.

Course Coordinator

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%

Assignment 1: Basic Music Production Skills
Due Date: March 15, 2021 20%

Assignment 2: MIDI Editing
Due Date: April 7, 2021 15%

Assignment 3: Song Mix
Due Date: May 17, 2021 15%

Assignment 4: Mashup
Due Date: June 4, 2021 20%

In-Class Written Test
Due Date: June 4, 2021 30%

All assessments are due by 11:59pm on the specified date, and should be submitted through
the LEARN system. Late work will be accepted up to one week after the deadline with a 10%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,200.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All DIGI125 Occurrences

  • DIGI125-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021