Introduction to Digital Sound Design

Sounds and music are embedded in almost every aspect of daily life. This course will provide an overview of the fundamental principles of sound and the factors that determine our audio perception. It will also explore techniques of recording, mixing, processing, synthesis, sampling, analysis, and editing of digital audio.

About The Course

Sound has always been a significant part of human experience. It shapes and transforms our everyday world.  Sounds and music are embedded in almost every aspect of daily life, from communication and artistic expression to commerce, politics, and our social and cultural identities.

This course will provide an overview of the fundamental principles of sound and the factors that determine our audio perception. It will explore techniques of recording, mixing, processing, synthesis, sampling, analysis, and editing of digital audio using freely distributed audio production software for both PC and Mac. Students will also learn an array of sound design and editing techniques for use in film and web-based media, art installations, soundscape creations, or live and internet music performances.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a certificate for this course? Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.
  • What resources will I need for this class? You need access to a Windows or Mac computer with a built-in microphone. All software used in this course can be downloaded for free and is available for both PC and Mac.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!