Analysis and Synthesis of Sound
Term I 2017/18
Wednesday, 9-12 ITB 222
Classes begin: Wednesday September 13
M. v. Mohrenschildt,
Make the student familiar with the mathematical, physics, engineering principles,
and the real time related concepts, of signal processing and synthesis related to sound.
We cover the mathematics, implementation aspects, and applications.
Topics include (Fourier, Wavelets, basic music theory, band-limited synthesis, compression)
Course Information on Web
The latest version of this outline can be found at the web page
(Or go to my home page and then to Grad-Course-Synthesis)
No book required. The material is
Assignments and Exams
There will be 3 assignments consisting of experiments, and one final ``presentation/project".
The project is 40% of the final grade the other 3 assignments contribute each 20% to the final
- There is a zero tolerance on academic dishonesty .
All assignments have to be solved alone, any
outside source, this includes asking other people,
or using any books or information found on the web has to
- The final project consists of two parts, a written document and
an oral presentation. It will be judged in equal parts by
correctness, originality of the solution, effort, background research,
- There is a 25% penalty for each day an assignment is handed in late.
This means, an assignment which is more then four days late is
counted as 0.
- Any misunderstanding or problems should be resolved immediately by
contacting the instructor.
Outline of the course
The following outline is approximate. It represents the content of the course
but material will not necessary presented in the same order as listed.
The following is a no exclusive list of topics in no specific order that will be covered.
- Sound and Music
- Fourier analysis 1
- Fourier analysis 2
- Music Theory and Instruments
- Analysis 1
- Analysis 2 (noise, adaptive filters, compression)
- Audio processing (time and frequency domain)
- Implementation aspects analysis
- Implementation aspects processing and synthesis
- Sound perception
- History, Electronic instruments
- Basic Harmony, and Music Theory
- Synthesizers (first look)
- Synthesis, Analysis
- Wave Forms
- Frequency Domain
- Time Frequency analysis
- Sound generation implementation (offline, real-time)
- Modulation (make things non periodic)
- Digital Filters
- Effects (simple)
- Band-limited Interpolation
- Band-limited Synthesis
- Pitch shifting
- Speech synthesis, Vocoder
- compression and reconstruction
- Various topics on synthesis including Granular synthesis,
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Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could
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consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the
(notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty?") and/or
suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information
on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy,
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other
credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Calculators (the standard McMaster calculator) are used in this course
and their use will be permitted during tests and final.