Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: MUSC-1333- Section: 71
Synthesis I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Matthew Roe
Phone(409) 984-6520
Location:Sam and Linda Monroe Performing Arts Center - Room: 155
Hours:M-Th 9:30am-12pm
Commercial Music, Visual and Performing Arts
Chair:Richard Vandewalker
Phone:(409) 984-6520

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Course Information
Description An exploration of sound synthesis. Includes additive, subtractive, and modulation-based synthesizers.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Utilize advanced synthesis techniques
2. Utilize basic programming techniques
3. Demonstrate synthesis concepts to complete advanced programming projects
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO 1: Demonstrate basic proficiency in creating original music and audio that supports the visual narrative.
PSLO 3: Recognize and observe professional best practices in the audiovisual field, including the various roles in film, audio engineering, and media.
PSLO 4: Produce a final portfolio and resume suitable for entry-level employment in the audiovisual field.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

No Text Book is Required

Voltage Modular Nucleus - https://cherryaudio.com/voltage-modular

Recommended Optional Books
Welsh's Synthesizer Cookbook - Fred Welsh
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Syllabus Review; The Fundamental Elements of Sound
Week 3: Introduction to Synthesizers
Week 3: The Practical History of Synthesis
Week 4: Oscillators
Week 5: Oscillator Combinations
Week 6: Oscillator Combinations Continued
Week 7: Amplitude Envelope Generators
Week 8: Spring Break
Week 9: Audio Filters
Week 10: Audio Filters Continued
Week 11: Modulation and Modulation Sources
Week 12: Modulation and Modulation Sources Part 2
Week 13: Modulation and Modulation Sources Part 3
Week 14: External Audio Sources and Control Sources
Week 15: Effects Processors
Final Exam
Major Assignments
Week 2: Quiz 1
Week 3: Quiz 2
Week 4: Quiz 3; Test 1
Week 5: Quiz 4
Week 6: Quiz 5
Week 7: Quiz 6
Week 8: Test 2
Week 9: Quiz 7
Week 10: Quiz 8
Week 11: Quiz 9
Week 12: Quiz 10: Test 2
Week 13: Quiz 11
Week 14: Quiz 12
Week 15: Quiz 13
Final Exam

The projects will be announced in class and on Blackboard.

Final Exam Date December 3, 2020 - 5:00 PM   Through  December 10, 2020 - 4:00 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Attendance = 10%
Class Participation = 10%
Quizzes = 20%
Projects = 30%
Tests = 30%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies There will be no late work accepted in this course.

All grades are available in the My Grades section of our BlackBoard page.
Attendance Policy After one absence, each absence deducts 7.5% from your attendance grade. Three tardies will equal an absence.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.