Music 64 section 1 • Spring 2018 Assignments and Readings
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due on the date specified • Readings are not optional!

March 26

Lab: Record some sound in the lab with a mic, then play with it in Digital Performer.
Read: DP Getting Started chapter 7 (p. 49), Tutorials 2 (p. 125) & 4 (p. 159)
Write up: First Project Proposals (1 or 2 paragraphs)

March 12

Midterm due at 4:30 (class time) by email

March 7

Read in course pack: "Principles of Digital Recording"

March 5

Read: in course pack, (Wilkinson) Basic Effects
Read Reason Operation Manual: Half-rack effects (chapter 51, starts p. 1029, skip the sections on the Spider); Kong (ch 39, starts p. 855)
Read: DP User Guide pp. 793-812

Lab: Do a sequence that uses effects in Reason.

Feb 26

Read Reason Operation Manual, in Applications>Reason 9 (or on site):
Chapter 11, p 311 (working with the rack),
chapter 35 (NN-19 Sampler, p. 737-755),
chap 27 (Line Mixer 6:2, p. 637).
in course pack: Sample Solutions, Power Tools for Sampling

Lab: Create a sequence using at least two Reason modules and two MSI tracks

Feb 22

Read Reason 5 Getting Started, pp. 28-42, in Documents folder. We will not be using everythingin Reason!

Feb 21

No class Monday Feb 19, and the building is closed!

Read: DP User Guide pp 255-266, pp 541-556 (up to Groove Quantize), 564 (Smart Quantize)-589
Read: in course pack "Why MIDI Music Stinks"
Lab: Do a sequence with controller, automation, and tempo changes.

Feb 14

Read: Digital Performer User Guide, pp. 331-346 (up to Audio Editing Basics)

Feb 12

Read: in Digital Performer User Guide, pp. 793-805.
Finish previous assignment.

Feb 7

Read: in Digital Performer User Guide, (on computers or here) pp. 291-308, 365-376 (first column).
Lab: Create an original sequence, or work with one or more of the sequences in the "MIDI Sequences (Sound Canvas)" folder in the Documents folder. Make it sound good and/or interesting. Make it realistic, or not. Save your own version in your personal folder in the Documents folder, and on the server AND on a flash or portable drive.

Feb 5

Read What is MIDI? p16-end
Read Digital Performer Getting Started (in Applications folder) chapter 9 (p.57), chapter 11 (p.113)
Play with Digital Performer

Jan 31

Read on line: What Is MIDI? Read pp 1-16 through “Running Status Messages”

Jan 29

Read in course pack:
How speakers work.
Introduction to Synthesizers

Jan 24

Read in course pack:
• excerpt from Wilkinson, Anatomy of a Home Studio, "Musical Physics" pages 2-5 (online too)
    Note: the information about "elasticity" having an effect on sound transmission speed is misleading. Density of the medium is a far more important factor.
• “iPod trend brings spike in noise-induced hearing loss”
• article on microphones
• Study the frequency chart

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