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MUS 129 - MIDI Recording Techniques

3 Credits

An introductory course in computer-assisted music production. Students will learn the fundamentals of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) as they pertain to MCC's own MIDI studio. Using a weighted piano keyboard controller connected via USB to an Apple computer running Digital Performer software, students will produce high quality music audio files.

Prerequisite: Basic keyboard proficiency or permission of instructor.

MCC General Education: MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate use of digital keyboards, MIDI interfaces, and computer-based sequencing software to produce a multitrack music demo.
2. Memorize pull down menus in a digital recording & sequencing software program as well report and be tested on text readings.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the MIDI studio environment by employing production techniques efficiently, exporting to notation programs to print music out/publish music, and using other MIDI associated programs like ear training programs in a MIDI environment.
4. Compose and arrange original music, choose sound programs, textures, chord progressions, and melodies to express one's creativity through 16 channel multi-timbral synthesizer keyboards, and then converting to a WAV or AIFF to be burned onto a compact disc.
5. Discuss history of MIDI's development since 1983 in class and evaluate MIDI sequence 'events' versus larger files of real time samples of digital audio waveforms, how they differentiate in usefulness and how they can be used separately or together to finish a demo project.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2023