The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course investigates the editing of musical material in the digital domain. Through the use of digital editing software students will acquire technical and creative skills as they edit and arrange music media files to suit different contexts. These skills can be used to enhance existing music recordings and serve the production of new creative works.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Winter - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a high level of competency using digital editing software

2. Exhibit an understanding of digital editing theory and sound processing

3. Demonstrate a musical understanding of digital editing practices and concepts

4. Show an advanced understanding of the function and characteristics of digital media file formats

5. Demonstrate creative digital editing skills (which may incorporate other digital media including video and MIDI)

6. Arrange digital media files in a professional and effective fashion

7. Show a comprehension of the use of music digital editing as applicable to real world applications


Topics covered may include (but are not limited to):

  • Digital Media file formats
  • Importing, exporting and converting files
  • Compression techniques
  • File management and logistical issues
  • Editing techniques (cuts, splits, crossfades, etc)
  • Digital audio theory
  • Musical Instrument Digital Interface
  • Developing enhanced aural perceptivity
  • Digital mixing techniques
  • Synchronisation between digital media formats

Topics may be added/removed to keep abreast of the latest technological advancements and changes in the industry.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that students undertaking this course have, at least, a fundamental understanding of the concepts of music and possess a basic level of musical aural discernment. Please contact the course coordinator for further details.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online assessment (30%)

Project: Practical task (30%)

Project: Practical task (40%)