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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: TON3001 Module Title: AUDIO ENGINEERING 3
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MU3.AUDIOENG
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: FISHER DM Prof (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Spring Semester

Assessment Pattern

Coursework (30% of total assessment)

One essay (suggested word count 2000 words).  The system of citation described in the Departmental Citation Model is to be used to reference the essay.  Submission due by noon on Friday of week 9.




Examination (70% of total assessment)

One two-hour written paper

Module Overview
HE1 and HE2 Audio Engineering, HE1 Acoustics
Module Aims

This module aims to introduce the technologies of newer audio systems and techniques, and to expand on recent audio developments which were introduced during the second year of the course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Describe the technical features of a wide range of digital audio interfaces, including AES-3, MADI SDIF-2, ADI and TDIF
  • Describe the general principles of perceptual audio coding
  • Describe how these principles are applied in MPEG 1 and 2 layers 1, 2, and 3
  • Discuss the problems which must be overcome to implement multichannel surround sound systems
  • Explain the need for and describe some common test paradigms of subjective listening tests for high quality audio
  • Describe some basic data analysis techniques for listening tests
  • Suggest ways in which digital audio systems could be improved.
Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Two hours per week during  Semester 2 The weekly lectures will allow ample time for questions (which are actively encouraged) and class discussion.

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading :

Watkinson J., 2001: The Art of Digital Audio ( London : Focal Press)

Watkinson J., 2004: The MPEG Handbook ( London : Focal Press)

Rumsey F., 2001:  Spacial Audio ( London : Focal Press)

Rumsey F., and Watkinson J., 2003: The Interfaces Handbook ( London : Focal Press)

The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (AES)

Recommended Reading :

Pohlmann K:  Principles of Digital Audio ( New York : Howard Sams)

AES3-2000, 2000: Recommended practice for audio engineering — Serial transmission format for two-channel linearly represented digital audio data ( New York , Audio Engineering Society)

AES11-1991, AES Recommended Practice for Digital Audio Engineering — Serial multichannel audio digital interface (MADI) ( New York , Audio Engineering Society)

Marina Bosi et al, 1997: ‘ISO/IEC MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Coding’, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Vol 45, No 10, October 1997

Ed Neil Gilchrist and Christer Grewin, 1996: Collected papers on Digital Audio Bit-Rate Reduction, ( New York : Audio Engineering Society)

Karlheinz Brandenburg and Gerhard Stoll, et al, 1994: ‘ISO-MPEG-1 Audio: A Generic Standard for Coding of High-Quality Digital Audio’, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Vol42, pp 780-792 October 1994

ISO/IEC DIS 13818-3 1994: Generic coding of Moving Pictures and Associated Audio – Audio Part  (March 1994)

Craig C.  Todd et al, AC3: Flexible Perceptual Coding for Audio Transmission and Storage ( San Francisco : Dolby labs)

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