SRJC Course Outlines

10/1/2022 4:28:39 AMMUSC 51A Course Outline as of Fall 2009

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CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  MUSC 51ATitle:  DIGITAL AUDIO-FUNDAMNTLS  
Full Title:  Digital Audio: Fundamentals
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
Also Listed As: 
Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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This course covers the fundamentals of digital audio including a hands-on workshop in production and editing with a digital audio workstation (DAW). Topics include mixing techniques, use of plug-ins, the integration of MIDI and live audio tracks, and preparation for final mixdown.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in MUSC 50 OR Other

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course covers the fundamentals of digital audio including a hands-on workshop in production and editing with a digital audio workstation (DAW). Topics include mixing techniques, use of plug-ins, the integration of MIDI and live audio tracks, and preparation for final mixdown.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Completion or Concurrent Enrollment in MUSC 50 OR Other
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:

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 digital audio and trace its historical development.
2. Utilize and apply a working vocabulary of digital audio terminology.
3. Explain and apply the fundamentals of digital recording including sampling, dither, aliasing, and error correction.
4. Explain and utilize the various types of computer audio hardware and software including sound cards, interfaces, storage media, interconnections, and file formats.
5. Demonstrate hands-on proficiency with a DAW at an intermediate level.
6. Mix and edit live audio tracks, including integration with MIDI.
7. Assess the current state of technology in the digital audio industry.

Topics and Scope
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Lecture Topics:
I. Sound and Numbers
    A. The physics of sound
    B. Number systems: decimal, hex, binary
    C. Binary codes: weighted and unweighted
    D. Two's complement
    E. Analog vs. digital
II. Fundamentals of Digital Audio
    A. Discrete time sampling
    B. The Nyquist theorem
    C. Preventing aliasing
    D. Quantization
       1. Signal-to-error ratio
        2. Quantization distortion
    E. Dither
III. Digital Audio Recording
    A. Pulse-code modulation (PCM)
    B. Dither generator
    C. Input low-pass filter
    D. Sample-and-hold circuit
    E. Analog-to-digital (A/D) conversion
    F. Channel codes
IV. Digital Audio Reproduction
    A. Reproduction processing
    B. Digital-to-analog (D/A) converter
    C. Output sample-and-hold circuit
    D. Output low-pass filter
    E. Impulse response
    F. Digital filters
    G. Alternate coding methods
    H. Timebase correction (jitter)
V. Error Correction
    A. Sources of errors
    B. Error detection
    C. Cyclic redundancy check
    D. Error-correction codes
    E. Interleaving
    F. Reed-Solomon codes
    G. Error concealment
    H. Duplication
VI. Fundamentals of Computer Audio
    A. PC buses and interfaces
        1. IEEE 1394 "FireWire"
        2. Universal serial bus (USB)
    B. Sound cards
        1. Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)
        2. Music synthesis
        3. Surround sound processing
        4. Audio codec '97 (AC '97)
        5. Intel high definition audio (HD Audio)
    C. Windows multimedia
    D. File formats
    E. Digital audio extraction
VII. Digital Storage Media
    A. Digital magnetic tape
        1. Stationary head recorders (DASH)
        2. Rotary head tape recorders
        3. Digital audio tape (DAT)
    B. Optical disc storage
        1. Diffraction
        2. Resolution of optical systems
        3. Polarization
        4. Design of optical media
        5. Erasable and non-erasable formats
    C. Digital audio for theatrical film
VIII. Interconnection
    A. Professional audio interfaces
    B. S/PDIF consumer interconnection
    C. Serial Copy Management System (SCMS)
    D. Audio Engineering Society (AES) protocols
    E. Fiber-optic interconnections
 
Laboratory Topics:
I. Intermediate-Level Usage of the Digital Audio Workstation
    A. Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) Performer
    B. Propellerhead Reason
II. Integration of MIDI and Live Audio Tracks
III. Mixing and Editing Techniques

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 recording 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%
Audio 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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Principles of Digital Audio, 5th ed. Pohlmann, Ken C. McGraw Hill/TAB Electronics, 2005.
Audio in Media, 8th ed. Alten, Stanley R. Wadsworth, 2007.
Instructor prepared materials.

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