MUSA125-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Music Technologies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


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.


MUSI 125, DIGI125


Please note that the timetable has not been finalised.

Scheduled days and times will be confirmed, following review, on 5th November.

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Rehua 003 Music
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 003 Music
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
02 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
03 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
04 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Fine Arts 225 Computer Lab
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 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


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

Assignment 2: Working with MIDI
Due Date: April 7, 2021 20%

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

In-Class Written Test
Due Date: June 4, 2021 20%

Assignment 5: Mashup
Due Date: June2-4, 2021 20%

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 $892.00

International fee $4,313.00

* 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 MUSA125 Occurrences

  • MUSA125-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022