This syllabus shows topics, assignments, other homework, and due dates. Click on links to get instructions for the assignments.

Work in the Assignments column is listed in the week in which the work is due. Be sure to look down to later rows to see what you need to be working on! The items in the Homework column indicate the day the homework is due. (“for Wed” means you need to do the homework before the Wednesday class.)

There may be a short online quiz about the homework on these days, after we have had a chance to review the material in class. A quiz may cover all of the reading done since the last quiz. Makeup quizzes are given only in the case of excused absences.

“Homework” means: work you can do at home. In other words, you usually do not need to be in M373 to do this work, though it may sometimes be necessary. Assignments must be done in M373. You are expected to spend time outside of class doing the assignments in M373. There will not be enough work time in class to finish them.

• For an overview of the assignments, go here.

• For a list of quizzes and what you need to study, go here.

The dates given in the Dates column are for the Monday of the week.

Dates Topics Assignments Homework
Week 1
Getting acquainted with Reason; introduction to MIDI recording for Wed: Video: Overview
for Fri: Video: Recording
Week 2
Making drum patterns, basic acoustics, MIDI editing DUE Mon 8/28: Exercise A
Fill out Questionnaire in Canvas
(in Quizzes)  
DUE Fri (9/1): Exercise B
for Mon: Video: Redrum
for Wed: Video: Drum Beats
(IU network or VPN only)  
for Fri: Acoustics reading
Week 3
Basic acoustics, MIDI editing, ExB group critiques Monday is Labor Day: no class for Wed: Video: Beginner’s Guide
Week 4
More acoustics, musical contrast, introduction to mixing Acoustics 1 app
    for Mon: Acoustics 1 app, pages 1‑3
    for Wed: Acoustics 1 app, pages 4‑6

for Wed: IRN Frequency Range Chart
Week 5
Automation, more acoustics, Assignment 1 group critiques DUE Mon (9/18): Assignment 1 Acoustics 2 app
    for Wed: Acoustics 2 app, pages 1‑3
    for Fri: Acoustics 2 app, pages 4‑5
Week 6
MIDI hardware setups, MIDI messages, rhythmic feel, block editing DUE Mon (9/25): Exercise C for Wed: MIDI reading

MIDI app
    for Fri: MIDI app, pages 1‑2
Week 7
More MIDI messages, creating and editing MIDI control change messages, automation, tempo changes Friday is Fall Break: no class     for Mon: MIDI app, pages 3‑4
    for Wed: MIDI app, pages 5‑6
Week 8
Synthesis with Reason, filters, modulation with LFOs DUE Wed (10/11): Assignment 2 Modulation app
    for Fri: Modulation app, pages 1‑2
Week 9
Sampling, sample preparation in Audacity, CV and pattern sequencing     for Mon: Modulation app, pages 3‑4
Week 10
Introduction to audio files in Reason; digital audio concepts; formants and pitch correction DUE Mon (10/23): Assignment 3 for Fri: Digital Audio 1 reading
Week 11
Digital audio concepts for Wed: Digital Audio 2 reading
Week 12
How basic audio effects work: EQ, vocoder DUE Mon (11/6): Assignment 4

Begin Final Project
for Wed: Filters and EQ reading
Week 13
Delay effects, dynamics processing for Mon: Delay Effects reading

for Wed: Dynamics Effects reading
11/20 Thanksgiving Break
Week 14
More dynamics processing, mastering, MP3 and AAC files
Week 15
Attendance required at playback of final projects on Wednesday and Friday! DUE Tue (12/5): Final Project

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