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Unit 32 Sequencing Systems & Techniques Session 1-2

Introduction to the unit & assignments

Jon Hawkesford

on 11 September 2016

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Transcript of Unit 32 Sequencing Systems & Techniques Session 1-2

Sequencing Systems/Composition
Session 1
Session 2
Session 1
Outcome 1§: Set Up and Terminology
Introduction to the Unit & Assignments
What is Sequencing?
Look at components for Set up
Introduction to programming in Pro Tools
At The End You Will:
Understand the Unit and whats required
Be able to explain sequencing
Describe the components
Be able to program in logic
Outcomes: Be able to set up a computer and peripheral MIDI hardware safely
Learn to set up a computer based system
Learn the terminology associated with music sequencing techniques
Assignment SEQ 2: MIDI & Audio Sequencing
Learn sequencing techniques using Logic Studio including:
MIDI programming, Audio looping and editing, Audio recording, Basic mixing techniques & Bounce down
Be able to realise music ideas using MIDI sequencing skills
Be able to realise msuical ideas using audio sequencing skills
Next Week
Ice Breaker
Working in pairs find out the following information and write it down
1. Have you used a sequencing program before & if so what?
2. What music do you like?
3. Do you have any equipment of your own?
4. Do you play an instrument and if so what? (include singing, rapping etc.)
In the beginning
The first sequencers were analog hardware sequencers such as the Korg1001 which used a grid of 16 buttons or steps each step being 1/16 of a beat. These patterns of notes were then changed together to make longer compositions.
These type of sequencers are now available in digital hardware form often on drum machines and as software instruments known as step sequencers.
The Future
Then came MIDI and the Atari ST and the first software based sequencer allowing programmers to record and play back notes played by musicians often using external synthesizers and sound modules to provide the sounds. MIDI information was able to differentiate between note length, velocity and many other performance characteristics.

Technology developed and so did software sequncers adding the ability to record audio, provide software instruments and plug ins. They are now known as DAWS (Digital Audio Workstations)
Research these hardware elements writing a brief description for each providing an example
Audio Interface
MIDI Interface
MIDI Controller
Sound Module
Active Monitor Speakers
Passive Monitor Speakers
Mixing Console
Examples of MIDI controllers - http://www.midi.org/aboutmidi/products.php
Active Monitor
Audio Interface
Mixing Console
Sound Module
MIDI Controller
Passive Monitor Speakers
1. Demonstrate your ability to produce & edit musical works using only MIDI e.g. using logics virtual instruments & MIDI loops to create a musical work.
2. Demonstrate your ability to produce & edit musical works using only audio content, generated from original sources, e.g. a musical ensemble/group of musicians.
Logic 9
You will use it to input and edit MIDI data, record an edit audio data, mix and master.
Video Tutorials
Create your first logic track
Some Keyboard Short Cuts
Play = Spacebar
Stop = Spacebar
Back to the start = return
R or * (on keypad) = record
X = open mixer
P = open piano roll
cmd S = save
Load instrument here
Pan left or right here
Fader - change level here
MIDI Terminology
Learn MIDI System Set Up
Handed in as a mixed & mastered portfolio of work
But first
Log in to moodle & enrol on L3 extended diploma in Music Technology
Go to http://bournville.ac.uk then
Scroll down and click on portal
Then click on moodle@bournville
Sign in with student no.
find a course
Phantom Power
Open up logic & save it - call the file yournamesession1 then add:
drum loop from apple loops
given chord sequence using an instrument of your choice
a bass line using notes from each chord
anything else you can think of
balance your levels in the mixer
We'll audition the tracks at the end
Programming Basics
Time Signature
Logic works on a grid system which is governed by the time signature.

You will generally work on 4/4 which means 4 beats per bar. This means your metronome will click four times per bar.
measured in beats per minutes governs how quickly the beats per bar play.
Clap the beat to 2 tracks played back in logic
Download the workbook & fill in page 1.
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