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; making drum patterns DUE Fri (6/7): Exercise A
Fill out Questionnaire in Canvas
(in Quizzes section)
for Wed: Video: Overview
for Wed: Video: Recording
for Fri: Video: Redrum
for Fri: Video: Drum Beats
(IU network or VPN only)
Week 2
Basic acoustics; MIDI editing; musical contrast DUE Wed (6/12): Exercise B for Mon: Acoustics reading
for Mon: Video: Beginner’s Guide
for Wed: Acoustics 1 app, pages 1‑5  
Week 3
Introduction to mixing; automation; more acoustics; MIDI editing, MIDI messages DUE Wed (6/19): Assignment 1
for Mon: Acoustics 2 app, pages 1‑5  
for Mon: IRN Frequency Range Chart  
for Wed: MIDI reading
for Fri: MIDI app, pages 1‑2
Week 4
More MIDI messages; tempo changes; send effects DUE Mon (6/24): Exercise C
for Wed: MIDI app, pages 3‑5
Week 5
Synthesis; filters; modulation with LFOs; sampling; pattern sequencing DUE Mon (7/1): Assignment 2
for Mon: Modulation app, pages 1‑2
for Fri: Modulation app, pages 3‑5
Week 6
Introduction to audio files in Reason; digital audio concepts; formants and pitch correction DUE Mon (7/8): Assignment 3 for Wed: Digital Audio 1 reading

for Fri: Digital Audio 2 reading
Week 7
Audio effects: EQ; vocoder; delay effects; dynamics processing DUE Mon (7/15): Assignment 4
Begin Final Project
for Mon: Filters and EQ reading

for Wed: Delay Effects reading

for Fri: Dynamics Effects reading
Week 8
Final project workshop: mastering; file compression
Attendance required at playback of final projects on Friday!
DUE TH (7/25): Final Project

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