The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


Digital Music Production provides students with skills and knowledge of current technology trends in the music realm. Students will explore applications specific to the music digital domain and utilise relevant hardware and software. This may include digital audio recording, editing and mastering, surround sound applications, synchronisation, advanced utilisation of Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), and integration of these technologies into other digital mediums. Students will gain proficiency in areas of emerging technologies pertinent to the professional music industry, and obtain an understanding of practical applications within the context of real world scenarios.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Be familiar with current digital audio hardware

2. Be familiar with current digital audio software

3. Have attained an advanced comprehension of MIDI theory and sequencing techniques

4. Practically apply digital editing skills (which may include digital video, audio and MIDI material)

5. Have obtained a developed understanding of synchronisation and its applications to the music domain

6. Acquire a knowledge of surround sound and variety of its practical applications

7. Competently configure digital music technology hardware and software

8. Have developed a knowledge of further applications of digital music technology outside the immediate realm of study


Material covered may include (but are not limited to) the following topics. (Topics may vary to retain relevancy with latest advances in technology.)

1.0 Digital Audio hardware (for example, audio interfaces, audio processing equipment, data storage/retrieval)
1.1 Installation (firewire, USB, ADAT interface, PCI devices)
1.2 Configuration (knowledge of hardware protocols and digital systems, hardware drivers)
1.3 Operation (competency of usage in practical scenarios)
1.4 Integration (usage with existing digital audio equipment)

2.0 Digital Audio Software (for example, Pro-Tools, Cubase, Logic, Sound Forge, Music Master)
2.1 Installation (system specifications, associated install issues, compatibilities)
2.2 Configuration (audio/MIDI routing and integration)
2.3 Operation (competency of usage, knowledge of Graphic User Interface)
2.4 Integration (file formats, data compatibility, data transfer)

3.0 Advanced Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) theory
3.1 Base level software communication protocols (eg. binary)
3.2 Advanced MIDI messages (Systems exclusive, patch and controller data)
3.3 Visual representations of MIDI data
3.4 MIDI hardware devices (eg. sound modules, controllers)

4.0 Sequencing Music in the Digital Domain
4.1 Digital music arrangement techniques
4.2 Using tracks and channels
4.3 Integration of audio and MIDI material
4.4 Hardware constraints

5.0 Editing Practices and Conventions
5.1 File management (data storage, transfer, backup)
5.2 Mastering procedures (pre/post procedures)
5.3 Automation
5.4 Plug-ins (eg. effects processing)
5.5 Destructive/non-destructive practices

6.0 Synchronisation
6.2 MIDI Time Code (MTC)
6.4 Synchronisation Hardware

7.0 Surround Sound
7.1 Psychoacoustics/placement
7.2 Encoding/Decoding
7.3 Surround hardware devices
7.4 Surround mixing
7.5 Surround audio data storage (eg. DVD)

8.0 Integration of Digital Music Into Other Technology
8.1 Video/film
8.2 Music Performance
8.3 Music Composition
8.4 Internet/multimedia
8.5 Contemporary Media

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that students will have completed Introduction to Music Technology (MUSI1700) (or equivalent) before enrolling in this course.

A pass result in the written and aural music tests conducted for the audition process of the Bachelor of Music program (or equivalent) is assumed.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Practical Demonstration: Practical Task - Digital Music Transcription

Project: Practical Task - Digital Music Sequencing

Practical Demonstration: Practical/Written - Surround Sound