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Engr 0501 - Music Engineering

ENGR 0501: Music Engineering (Honors Course)

Instructors: George Stetten and Alan Degenhart

Credits: 1

Term: Fall and Spring

Where/When: 305 Benedum Hall - Tuesday or Wednesday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Description: An honors course directed toward development of basic skills in recording engineering through expanded understanding of the science and engineering of music. The course will use the Music Engineering Laboratory (MEL) located in Benedum Hall. The MEL is a state of the art sound recording facility with research and educational capabilities for sound recording and music engineering. Students are expected to have prior musical experience, working knowledge of Fourier transforms, and working knowledge of basic electronics.   

Prerequisites: Instructor permission. Engineering students are given priority, and generally there enough to fill the class.    

Course Objectives: (1) Students will demonstrate practical experience in recording and knowledge of the scientific and technical basis of sound and music and (2) complete projects that encompass the production high quality recordings, the design of new systems, and/or the completion of experiments relating to the course material.  

Topics Covered:

  1. Recording engineering (microphones, amplifiers, mixing, filtering, special effects)
  2. Physics, mathematics, and psychophysics of sound and music (acoustics, speech and singing, hearing, pitch, stereo perception)
  3. Musical instrument function (mechanical and electronic)

Additional Description: Topics

Class/Laboratory Schedule: Class meets once a week for 60 minutes. Additionally, students will schedule time in the MEL for individual projects.