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Sound for music technology: An introduction
Whether you're a professional musician, play music with your friends on the weekends or just like to listen to CDs, music technology affects your life. In this free course, Sound for music technology: An introduction, you will learn some of the basics of music technology, starting with what sound is, how it is created and how it travels.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- explain correctly the meaning of the emboldened terms in the main text and use them correctly in context
- describe simply what a pressure wave is and give a simple explanation of sound in terms of a travelling pressure wave
- explain ‘cycle’ in terms of an oscillating source and the pressure wave it produces
- relate amplitude (including peak-to-peak and r.m.s.), frequency, period and wavelength to a sinusoidal waveform
- calculate the wavelength of a pressure wave from a graph of pressure against distance
First Published: 10/08/2012
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 Sound basics
- 2 Sinusoidal pressure waves
- 3 Frequency
- 4 The speed of sound
- 5 Phase
- 6 Amplitude
- 7 Pitch and loudness
- 8 The octave
- 9 The ranges of human hearing
- 10 The decibel
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