MUS 319D – Foundations of Digital Music and Sound

This is the main page for the Foundations of Digital Music and Sound (MUS 319D – AET 305 – T D 354T) course for the Fall Semester, 2019 (unique numbers 22150 – 20565 /22155 – 20570).

Location: MRH 3.124 (Computer and Media Lab)

Meeting Times:
M-W 8:00 – 9:20 (section 22150)
M-W 9:30 – 10:50 (section 22155)

Instructor: Monte Taylor
Email: montehtaylor AT
Office Hours:  by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Rita Yung
Email: ysnrita AT


Students enrolled this class will focus on learning the basic concepts behind digital audio and recording. The course will cover foundational material for dealing with recording, editing, sequencing, and mixing inside a Digital Audio Workstation. The primary objective of this course is to provide a functional understanding of digital audio systems and recording techniques that can be utilized in various fields including, but not limited to: audio production, film scoring, game music, and sound design.

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Have an understanding of principles of sound (both acoustic and digital)
  • Work with manipulation, entry and sequencing of MIDI data and instruments to create synthesized, and sampled sounds – This includes editing techniques and learning about various forms of processing such as reverberation, filtering, audio compression and other special effects.
  • Gain experience editing, manipulating and processing audio recordings
  • Create a stand-alone piece of music or sound design project demonstrating the knowledge gained throughout the semester