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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MCS2008 Module Title: SYNTHESIS & SAMPLING
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU2.SYNTHSMP
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: MORRIS P Mr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
Two practical assignments.
One two hour written paper
Module Overview
Level HE1 Introduction to Synthesis and MIDI.
Module Aims
To provide a good working knowledge of digital synthesis and sampling.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the module you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of CSound and a number of other synthesis programs
  • Explain the principles of digital synthesis
  • Manipulate sampled sound files using a number of programs and techniques
  • Sample from a wide range of sources and understand the related legalities
  • Edit sound samples using a variety of programs
  • Incorporate synthesis and sampling techniques into your compositions and arrangements.
Module Content
Principles of various synthesis and sound manipulation techniques.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
10 one-hour weekly lectures, 5 two-hour supporting lab session and tutorials as required.
Lectures will present essential theory. The lab sessions will give students the opportunity to apply this theory under supervision. Exercises, with suggested reading, will be set, in order that students may build on the introductions given in lectures. Verbal feedback on these exercises will be required and solutions will be discussed in subsequent lectures.
Selected Texts/Journals
Dodge C & Jerse T, 1985: Computer Music (New York: Schirmer Books)
Rumsey F, 1994: MIDI Systems and Control (Oxford: Focal Press)
Russ M, 1996: Sound Synthesis and Sampling (Oxford: Focal Press)
Boulanger, R, 2000: The CSound Book (London: MIT Press)
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