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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: TON2004 Module Title: COMPUTER AUDIO SYSTEMS
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU2.COMPAUD
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: DEWHIRST M Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Autumn Semester

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
A series of computer-based practical assignments.
One two-hour written paper.
Module Overview

HE1 Acoustics, HE1 Audio Engineering, HE1 Audio Signal Processing, HE1 Electronics

Module Aims

To provide a theoretical understanding and a practical working knowledge of computer systems and their use in the control and processing of audio.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module you should be able to:

·        explain the operating principles of a microprocessor-based computer system,

·        discuss the relative merits of alternative computer storage devices & interfaces,

·        discuss issues relating to computer-based audio systems,

·        explain the hardware and software principles of MIDI control,

·        write computer code to perform simple MIDI processing tasks.

Module Content

·        microprocessor-based computer systems

·        storage & interfacing

·        computer-based audio systems

·        the MIDI protocol, hardware & software

·        software engineering and the MAX programming environment


Methods of Teaching/Learning

One two-hour lecture per week during the Semester 1.

Selected Texts/Journals

Rumsey, F. 2004: Desktop Audio Technology, ( Oxford : Focal Press), 621.3893/RUM.


Tanenbaum, A. S. 2006: Structured computer organization, 5th edition, ( Upper Saddle River, NJ : Pearson), 621.39/TAN.


Background Reading :

Anderson, A. J. 1994: Foundations of computer technology, ( London : Chapman & Hall:), 004/AND.


Audio Engineering Society. 2000: Proceedings of the UK Audio Engineering Society conference – Moving Audio, Pro-Audio Networking and Transfer, (Audio Engineering Society: NY).


Clements, A. 2000: The principles of computer hardware, 3rd edition, ( Oxford : Oxford University Press), 621.39/CLE.


Mynatt, B. T. 1990: Software Engineering with Student Project Guidance, ( London : Prentice-Hall), 681.3206/MYN.


Rumsey, F. 1994: MIDI systems and control, 2nd edition, ( Oxford : Focal Press). 78:621.389/RUM


Sommerville, I. 2005: Software Engineering, ( Harlow : Addison-Wesley:), 681.3206/SOM.


Stallings, W. 2003: Computer Organization and Architecture, 6th edition, ( Upper Saddle River, NJ : Pearson:), 621.392/STA.


Williams, R. 2001: Computer Systems Architecture, ( Harlow : Addison-Wesley), 621.392/WIL.


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