Music 246 - Introduction to Music Technology

Cr. 2. FS.

Dr. L. Scott Price (2014-2015)
242 Music Hall

Computer Lab Schedule


101, 105, or 221, or permission of instructor based on the following:
Students should be familiar with the basic concepts and terminology of written music, including note values, tempo, time signatures, pitch names and octave positions. Ability to read music at the level of performance in high-school instrumental/vocal ensembles is normally sufficient as background for this course. Students should have basic operational computer skills, such as normal consumer-level proficiency using Macintosh or Windows computers (instruction is given using Macintosh). Students whose performance background does not include proficiency in reading music, that is, those who play primarily 'by ear' must demonstrate a knowledge of the basic concepts and terminology listed above, as these are necessary in the operation of music software and the understanding of MIDI encodings.

Note: Students who wish to continue into advanced courses (346 and 446) should especially take care to have these prerequisites or take a course in music theory.


Introduction to audio and MIDI in music and media applications, fundamentals of digital audio editing and mixing, software-based musical arrangements and composition.


  • Audio Waveforms
  • Audio Editing
  • Audio Regions Tracking and Routing
  • MIDI Tracking and Virtual Instruments
  • MIDI Encoding
  • Audio Mixing Concepts

Platform and Software

  • Macintosh (OS 10.9)
  • Pro Tools 11
  • Audacity 2
  • Max 7
  • selected DSP and MIDI plug-ins,
  • Please note: all software for the course is provided in the music computer lab. Students do not need to purchase software for the course. No instruction is given in systems other than those above. All assignments must be presented using Pro Tools 10 on lab computers.