DIGI125-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Music Technologies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Development of knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and the fundamentals of using computers for digital sampling, mixing and editing. Developing skills in the use of computer-based music notation technologies.

This course teaches practical skills in digital sound for musicians, filmmakers, game
developers, aspiring “bedroom producers,” and anyone interested in working with sound in
the digital domain. Students learn how to edit and manipulate sound and MIDI files in a
Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), how to match sounds with moving images, and
fundamental concepts and terminology that enable them to communicate effectively with
music technology experts. Instruction includes lectures and hands-on studio tutorial sessions.
• Fundamentals of digital audio recording and editing
• Efficient and creative use of industry standard DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations),
including Avid ProTools and Logic Pro
• Matching sound to action
• Sound design skills
• Creating music with MIDI and virtual (software-based) instruments
• Microphone types and uses
• Managing signal flow and analogue to digital conversion
• Optimal audio configuration in the Mac OSX operating system

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of fundamental sound design techniques
  • Basic proficiency with industry-standard DAW applications
  • Ability to edit and sequence MIDI and audio loops
  • Practical understanding of signal flow and analogue-to-digital conversion
  • Ability to communicate effectively with composers and sound professionals through
    acquired knowledge of key concepts and terminology in music and sound for screen
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


MUSI125, MUSA125

Equivalent Courses

Timetable Note

Student workload (150 hours) will be allocated to:
• 24 hours attending lectures;
• 12 hours attending laboratories;
• 46 hours preparing for in-class assessments;
• 68 hours working on creative assignments.

Course Coordinator

Reuben de Lautour


Hamish Oliver


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assessment 1: Manipulating MIDI 10%
Term 1 Online Written Test 25%
Assessment 2: Basic sound design skills 20%
Assessment 3: Music Mashup 20%
Term 2 Online Written Test 25%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Andrew Knight-Hill (Ed.); Sound and Image : Aesthetics and Practices ; CRC Press, 2020.

Dittmar, Tim; Audio engineering 101 : a beginner's guide to music production ; Focal Press, 2013.

Kahra Scott-James; Sound Design for Moving Image : From Concept to Realisation ; CRC Press, 2018.

Michael Filimowicz; Foundations in Sound Design for Linear Media : A Multidisciplinary Approach ; Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group, 2020.

Michael Zager; Music production : for producers, composers, arrangers, and students ; Scarecrow Press, 2011.

Mike Senior; Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio ; Focal Press, 2011.

Tim Harrison; Sound Design for Film ; Crowood Press, 2021.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,488.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All DIGI125 Occurrences

  • DIGI125-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023