Module Description

This module was made for a Sound Design Technology class at UNC School of the Arts. This is meant for intermediate theatre sound design students who want to learn more about how to master the tools used to create sound content for theatrical productions.

  • Computers
  • Audio Editing and Processing
  • MIDI
  • Synthesizers
  • Samplers
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Module #2 - Sound Design Technology Reading Assignments

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Sampling and AliasingLast Updated May 20, 2014
Observe the effect of digitally sampling a sound wave and the phenomenon of aliasing.
QuantizationLast Updated May 20, 2014
Observe the effect of quantization on a sound wave.
Dynamic RangeLast Updated May 20, 2014
Explore the dynamic range of digital audio and how it relates to bit-depth.
Bit DepthLast Updated May 19, 2014   (3.4 MiB)
Demonstration and comparison of varying the bit-depth of an audio sample.
Setting Up Your Digital Audio WorkstationLast Updated May 18, 2014   (752.1 KiB)
This document will walk you through setting up your computer to work with your audio interface, MIDI keyboard, monitors, and other sound software.
Audio Signal PathLast Updated May 20, 2014
Navigate an interactive diagram of the audio signal path in a digital recording system.
Audio File CompressionLast Updated May 19, 2014   (6.6 MiB)
Demonstration of the results of using/processing compressed vs. uncompressed audio files.
Bit Depth and Dynamic RangeLast Updated May 19, 2014   (85.2 MiB)
Demonstration of the results of recording/processing audio files at different bit-depths.
EqualizationLast Updated May 29, 2014   (23.8 MiB)
A demonstration on using an Equalizer to manipulate the frequency response of various audio files.
CompressionLast Updated December 2, 2014   (6.3 MiB)
A demonstration on how compressors work to manipulate the dynamic range of a sound source.
ReverbLast Updated January 5, 2015   (3.6 MiB)
A demonstration of the controllable parameters and algorithms used to create digital reverberation effects.
Reducing LatencyLast Updated May 20, 2014
Tips and tricks to reducing latency in a digital audio system.
Direct MonitoringLast Updated May 20, 2014
Explore the need for and benefits of direct monitoring in digital audio workstations.
MIDI DefenseLast Updated May 20, 2014
Practice your MIDI & hexadecimal skills while saving the Earth from disaster.
MIDI MessagesLast Updated May 19, 2014   (651.8 KiB)
Experiment with MIDI messages in raw hexadecimal format.
MTC & MMCLast Updated May 19, 2014   (608.4 KiB)
Experiment with slaving and controlling devices with MIDI Time Code and MIDI Machine Control.
ADSR EnvelopesLast Updated May 19, 2014   (661.2 KiB)
Demonstrating ADSR envelopes both aurally and visually, and exploring how to create a custom envelope in MAX.
Subtractonaut SynthesizerLast Updated May 19, 2014   (1.0 MiB)
Experimenting and creating sounds with our own subtractive synthesizer in MAX. Note: Try the Practical Exercise for Subtractive Synthesis first.
Sampler RecorderLast Updated June 3, 2014   (110.3 KiB)
A demonstration on using recorded samples of a recorder to program a digital sampler.
Sampler GuitarLast Updated June 3, 2014   (110.8 KiB)
A demonstration on using recorded samples of a guitar to program a digital sampler.
Programming Sampler InstrumentsLast Updated May 19, 2014   (100.8 MiB)
A practical exercise and demonstration in programming a digital sampler for pitched musical instruments.
Sampler ProgrammingLast Updated May 19, 2014   (1.3 MiB)
A practical exercise in programming a digital sampler.