2nd Edition

An Introduction to Music Technology

By Dan Hosken Copyright 2015
    408 Pages
    by Routledge

    408 Pages
    by Routledge

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    An Introduction to Music Technology, Second Edition provides a clear overview of the essential elements of music technology for today’s musician. This book focuses on the topics that underlie the hardware and software in use today: Sound, Audio, MIDI, Computer Notation, and Computer- Assisted Instruction. Appendices cover necessary computer hardware and software concepts. Written for both music technology majors and non-majors, this textbook introduces fundamental principles and practices so students can learn to work with a wide range of software programs, adapt to new music technologies, and apply music technology in their performance, composition, teaching, and analysis.


    • Thorough explanations of key topics in music technology
    • Content applicable to all software and hardware, not linked to just one piece of software or gear
    • In-depth discussion of digital audio topics, such as sampling rates, resolutions, and file formats
    • Explanations of standard audio plug-ins including dynamics processors, EQs, and delay based effects
    • Coverage of synthesis and sampling in software instruments
    • Pedagogical features, including:
      • Further Reading sections that allow the student to delve deeper into topics of interest
      • Suggested Activities that can be carried out with a variety of different programs
      • Key Terms at the end of each chapter
      • What Do I Need? Chapters covering the types of hardware and software needed in order to put together Audio and MIDI systems
      • A companion website with links to audio examples that demonstrate various concepts, step-by-step tutorials, relevant hardware, software, and additional audio and video resources.

    The new edition has been fully updated to cover new technologies that have emerged since the first edition, including iOS and mobile platforms, online notation software, alternate controllers, and Open Sound Control (OSC).

    Part 1: Sound  1. What is Sound?  2. Sound Properties and the Waveform View  3. The Overtone Series and the Spectrum View Further Reading  Part 2: Audio  4. Digital Audio Software: The Digital Audio Workstation  5. Audio Hardware  6. Digital Audio Data 7. Audio—What Do I Need?  Further Reading  Part 3: MIDI and Software Instruments: Overview  8. Software Instruments and Sequencing  9. MIDI Hardware  10. MIDI Messages  11. A Basic Synthesis Model  12. Synthesis Techniques  13. Sampling Techniques  14. Beyond the DAW/sequencer  15. MIDI and Software Instruments—What Do I Need?  Part 4: Computer Notation and Computer-Assisted Instruction  16. Computer Notation  17. Computer-Assisted Instruction Appendix 1: Computer Hardware  Appendix 2: Computer Software  Selected Bibliography  Index


    Dan Hosken is Associate Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication at California State University, Northridge.

    "In an easy-to-read, clear style, Hosken provides an overview of acoustics and psychoacoustics, digital audio, audio hardware; sequencing, recording and notation software; computer-assisted learning, synthesis, sampling, MIDI, etc... In short, a book that will fulfill the demands of college level courses, while still being a useful self-paced learning tool for anybody interested in music technology." - Neil Manel Frau­ Cortes, Sonograma Magazine