Full Title:Electronic Music Production
Module Code:MUSC U7040
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2010/11 ( September 2010 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module offers the student a detailed and comprehensive study, both theoretical and practical, of the computer based Virtual Studio Environment within the context of Electronic Music Production.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate an knowledge of how audio terminologies and concepts are Embedded in the audio signal routing and bus structure of a virtual sequencer.
  2. manipulate the various parameters of software based synthesisers in the generation of creative sound textures.
  3. load, map and tailor audio samples with in a virtual studio sequencing environment.
  4. create and programme intricate rhythm patterns and loops.
  5. make effective and considered use of both processing and effect based tools.
  6. produce a completed sequencer based music title using a selection of electronic instruments and tools.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Audio routing and control voltages in the virtual studio environment.
CV sources and examples, merging and splitting. Series, parallel circuits, signal busses, submixers, feedback loops.
Dynamics and Equalisation processes
Compression, Limiting, Sidechains, Filters, Equalisation.
Audio effects.
Delay, Phase shifting, Feedback effects, Vocoders, Carrier and Modulation signals, Reverb, types and classifications, Chorusing, Flanging, Distortion.
Creating drum patterns and loops.
Pattern Programming, Pitch modulation, Samples, Loop technoques, Groove tools.
Virtual synthesisers.
Oscillators, Patch Programming, Sound Deconstruction.
Audio sample management.
Sample mapping, Layering Samples, Audio Manipulation.
Song production in the virtual studio environment.
Working with multitrack productions, basic arrangement, orchestration and compositional issues.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation synthesising sound textures 2 15.00 0 0 Week 4 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation working with samples 3 15.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation drum pattern creation 4 15.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Project production of electronic music 5,6 35.00 0 0 Week 12 0
Reflective Journal portfolio of learning progession throughout the semester 2,3,4,5,6 20.00 0 0 Week 14 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture interactive teaching and learning sessions covering fundamental theories and concepts. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical workstation based activities in electronic music production. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study No Description 3.42 Every Week 3.42
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Kurt Kurasaki 2010, Power Tools for Reason 4, Music Pro Guides [ISBN: 1423441850]
  • M. Prager 2007, Reason 4 Power, Delmar [ISBN: 1598634771]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 5 Mandatory