MUST3053 - Ear training for digital audio production


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 1/4
Written examination 3/4 4 hours E

Course content

Digital signal processing with a specific focus on audio signals.
General principles for digital representation, analysis and
processing. Classical signal processing techniques like FFT, granular
techniques, modulation, filtering and audio effects are covered.
Emphasis is put on listening, with training on recognition of the
different techniques used.

Learning outcome


The candidate
-can recognize how digital representation affects audio quality, and relate features of a sound example to technical aspects that affect them
- can explain the content of common methods for digital signal processing of audio. Furthermore, understands the relationship between the effect on the sound and the composition of processing components
- has knowledge of specific music examples where each effect has been used


The candidate
-Can implement common methods for digital signal processing in Csound
- by listening, can determine most of the digital effects used in a music production
- by listening, can suggest the parameter values used for these effects
- can reproduce significant parts of an imagined sound image digitally

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. Compulsory assignments and lab work. Information about exercises and requirements is given in Blackboard at semester start.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Satisfactory participation in compulsory classes

Further on evaluation

Midterm examination will be a practical assignment where the result is presented as for example a report with accompanying sound files and program code. Both components og the assessment must be passed. If you fail on one part of the examination you must retake the part which you have failed.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Music Technology (MMUST)

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Master's programme in Music Technology. By sending an application to the department other students can get admission to the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Music Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Music



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/4 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Assignment 1/4 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 3/4 E
Room Building Number of candidates
MIT Rom F 308 Fjordgata 1 0
Spring UTS Written examination 3/4 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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