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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: TON2008 Module Title: SOUND SYNTHESIS
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU2.SNDSYNTH
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: DEWHIRST M Dr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern
Components of Assessment
Percentage weighting
A series of computer-based practical assignments
One two hour written paper
Module Overview
HE1 Operational Practicals, HE2 Computer Audio Systems
Module Aims

To provide a theoretical understanding and a practical working knowledge of analogue and digital techniques for sound synthesis.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module you should be able to:
  • Explain the principles and discuss the relative merits of a variety of synthesis techniques
  • Design and implement synthesiser patches to a given specification
  • Modify synthesiser patches in order to improve their sound and their playability
Module Content
  • Analogue and digital sound synthesis
  • Patch design and implementation considerations
  • Specific synthesis techniques (e.g. additive, subtractive, FM, physical modelling)
Methods of Teaching/Learning
One two-hour lecture per week during Semester 2
Selected Texts/Journals
Essential Reading

Ch.Dodge, 1997:Computer Music:Synthesis, Composition and Performance (Schrimer, Thomson Learning:UK)

Recommended Reading

P.R.Cook, 2002: Real Sound synthesis for Interactive Applications (AK Peters: Massachusetts)
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