SRJC Course Outlines

8/18/2022 7:53:35 AMMUSC 50 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MUSC 50Title:  INTRODUCTION TO MIDI  
Full Title:  Introduction to MIDI
Last Reviewed:11/9/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled2.0017.5 min.Lab Scheduled35.00
 Contact DHR1.00 Contact DHR17.50
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An introduction to music sequencing and production with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Students will receive a solid technical foundation in MIDI, synthesis, and computer-based music notation, as well as hands-on experience with state-of-the-art industry software. Designed for students with an interest in composition, songwriting, digital audio, and/or multimedia.

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Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An introduction to music sequencing and production with MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Students will receive a solid technical foundation in MIDI, synthesis, and computer-based music notation, as well as hands-on experience with state-of-the-art industry software. Designed for students with an interest in composition, songwriting, digital audio, and/or multimedia.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: CMUS 100X Introduction to Music Technology SRJC Equivalent Course(s): MUSC50

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the theoretical basis of MIDI and trace its historical development.
2. Utilize and apply a working vocabulary of MIDI terminology.
3. Demonstrate hands-on proficiency with a MIDI sequencer.
4. Explain and apply the concepts of hardware- and computer-based synthesis.
5. Demonstrate working knowledge of keyboard synthesizers, softsynths, samplers, drum modules, and other MIDI sound generators.
6. Use industry-standard software to produce computer-based music notation.

Topics and Scope
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I. The History and Development of MIDI: Universal Music Software/Hardware Protocol
II. The MIDI Specification    
     A. MIDI Devices
        1. Controllers
        2. Sound sources: synthesizers, samplers, drum modules
        3. Sequencers (hardware and software)
    B. MIDI Channels (1-16)
    C. MIDI Hardware signal path
        1. MIDI cable: 5-pin DIN connector
        2. MIDI hardware ports (IN/OUT/THRU)
        3. Daisy chain
        4. Multi-port        
     D. MIDI Channel messages
        1. Channel voice messages
             a. Status bytes and data bytes
            b. Note on/off (0-127)
             c. Note ID (0-127, middle C=60)
             d. Velocity (0-127)
            e. Aftertouch (0-127)
            f. Control change (volume, pan, breath, etc.) (0-127)
            g. Pitch bend
             h. Program change (0-127) (multi patch banks)
        2. Channel mode messages
            a. Omni on/off
            b. Poly/mono
            c. Multi-mode
            d. All notes off
            e. Reset all controllers
            f. Local on/off
    E. MIDI System messages (global)
        1. System common messages
            a. MIDI time code
            b. Song position pointer
            c. Song select
            d. Tune request
        2. System real-time messages
            a. Timing clock
            b. Start/stop/continue
            c. Active sensing
            d. System reset
        3. System exclusive messages
            a. Universal editor/librarian
            b. End of exclusive message (EOX)
    F. Global functions
        1. Master tuning
        2. Global transpose
        3. MIDI mode
        4. Global MIDI channel (receive/transmit)
        5. Device ID#
        6. Memory protect
III. MIDI Sequencing
     A. The user interface
        1. Control bar/counter
            a. Metronome/count-off
            b. Setting tempo and meter
        2. Tracks display
             a. Record/play/mute/solo
            b. Conductor track
            c. Receive channels and transmit channels
            d. Patch change
            e. Softsynths (instruments)         
     B. Recording modes
        1. Real-time entry
            a. Replace mode
            b. Overdub mode
            c. Punch-in recording
        2. Step-time entry
        3. Importing data
     C. Track editing
            a. Copy/cut/paste
            b. Scrubbing tracks
            c. Quantizing
            d. Editing velocity
            e. Editing duration
            f. Transposition
    D. MIDI mixing
        1. Automation
        2. Volume
         3. Panning
         4. Controller messages
IV. Hardware- and Computer-Based Synthesis
    A. Analog (subtractive) synthesis
        1. Three elements of sound: pitch, timbre, and amplitude
        2. Voltage-Controlled Oscillators (VCOs): pitch
        3. Basic waveforms
            a. Sine wave
            b. Triangle wave
            c. Sawtooth
            d. Square/pulse
            e. Pink and white noise
        4. Filters (timbre)
            a. Low-pass
            b. High-pass
            c. Band-pass
            d. Notch
            e. Resonance (Q)
            f. Frequency cutoff point (fc)
        5. Amplifiers (amplitude)
        6. Modifiers
            a. Envelope Generator (EG): Attack/Decay/Sustain/Release (ADSR)
             b. Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO): vibrato, tremolo
    B. Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis
        1. Carriers
        2. Modulators
    C. Wavetable synthesis
    D. Introduction to digital sampling
V. Workstations
    A. Multitimbral synthesizers
    B. Sequencers
         1. Slave to internal vs. external sync mode
         2. SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) time code
         3. Standard MIDI Files (SMF)
         4. Programs and voices (patches)
         5. Patch banks
         6. The General MIDI (GM) standard
         7. Single/dual/split mode
         8. Performance mode
    C. ReWire data transfer protocol
VI. Introduction to Computer-Based Music Notation
    A. Using the score window in a MIDI sequencer
    B. Industry standards: Finale and Sibelius
    C. Converting MIDI files into music notation

Assignments:
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1. Reading (10-20 pp. per week) from the text and handouts.
2. Hands-on proficiency demonstrations (3-5) on the hardware and software.
3. Quizzes (3-5) on vocabulary and technical terminology.
4. Completion of required laboratory hours.
5.  Final project: an original MIDI sequence or composition (minimum of 3 minutes in length) that demonstrates mastery of the concepts of the course.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
40 - 55%
MIDI project(s)
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
25 - 35%
Hands-on proficiency demonstrations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 25%
Terminology quizzes
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Attendance and participation, lab hours


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The MIDI Manual: A Practical Guide to MIDI in the Project Studio. 3rd ed. David Miles Huber. Focal Press, 2007.
MIDI Power! The Comprehensive Guide. 2nd ed. Robert Guerin. Course Technology PTR, 2005.
Instructor prepared materials.

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