53026 - Sound Synthesis PR 2014

Full Title:Sound Synthesis PR 2014
Module Code:53026
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aims of this module are to introduce the students to sound synthesis techniques and their implementation/realisation in open-source software synthesis systems as well as the creative application of these techniques in the design of original sound effects.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of a range of classical synthesis techniques
  2. Apply the fundamental theory behind sound synthesis techniques
  3. Design and develop a software synthesizer for use in their own practical work.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Review of digital representation of sound
Sampling rate, frequency response, bit-depth, dynamic response, advantages and limitations of digital audio systems and formats, file formats.
Sound Synthesis Concepts
Additive synthesis, subtractive synthesis, modulation techniques (AM, FM)
Creative applications of synthesis techniques
Free form, generative and algorithmic compositional approaches
Graphical User Interfaces
Implementation of interactive graphical environment to controlling sound synthesis modules.
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
Continuous Assessment Including weekly practical assignments; investigation of sound synthesis techniques; and a major practical assignment. None 25.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Continuous Assessment Including weekly practical assignments; investigation of sound synthesis techniques; and a major practical assignment. None 25.00 0 0 Week 11 0
Project End-of-Semester Final Project None 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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
Practical 3-hour lab lecture: each three-hour session will include a brief lecture style presentation introducing important concepts and practical tasks for students to apply these concepts. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study Reviewing and implementing sound synthesis techniques 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Directed Reading Sound synthesis concepts 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Boulanger, R. 2002, The Csound Book, MIT Press
  • Farnell, Andy 2011, Designing Sound, MIT Press
  • Russ, M. 2004, Sound Synthesis & Sampling, Focal Press
  • Alessandro Cipriani, Riccardo Bianchini 2008, Virtual Sound - Sound Synthesis and Signal Processing - Theory and Practice with Csoun, Contemponet
  • Miranda, E 2002, Computer Sound Design, Focal Press
  • Kirk, R. & Hunt, A. 1999, Digital Sound Processing for Music and Multimedia, Focal Press
  • Puckette, Miller 2007, The Theory and Technique of Electronic Music, World Scientific Press
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 7 Mandatory