Multimedia Sound Production

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 262

       Course Name: Multimedia Sound Production

       Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ART 260 or consent of instructor

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores musical instrument digital interfaces and synthesizers. Content includes how technologies change way music is conceived, performed, produced, recorded, and published; midi synthesizers as musical instrument and sound source, as well as input/output device for computer; sequencing, algorithmic composition, extended performance application, creative possibilities of sound and picture, and temporal aspect of music to moving images.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. To identify the basic concepts and terms used in sound production and multimedia.
  2. To explain how sound productions are created.
  3. To explain the limitations of sound and multimedia.
  4. To design and produce sound on the computer.
  5. To create and render sound productions.
  6. To operate the hardware involved in sound production and implement hardware in multimedia.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Basics
    1. Analog
    2. Waveform
    3. Midi
  2. Hardware
    1. Microphones
    2. Multimedia speakers
    3. Power Amplifiers
    4. Synthesizers
    5. Tape decks
    6. Mixing consoles
    7. Recording mediums
      1. DAT
      2. CD
      3. Multitrack
    8. SMPTE and synchronization methods
      1. Internet clock synchronization
      2. Midi synchronization
      3. SMPTE time code
  3. Sound Utilities
    1. Applets
    2. Recording sound
    3. Editing sound
    4. Combining sounds
    5. Sound quality
  4. Waveform editing
    1. Noise
    2. Reverse and flanging
    3. Amplifying a sound wave
    4. Key concepts and terms
  5. Sequencing
    1. Recording midi
      1. Laying down a bass track
      2. Muting tracks
    2. Editing
    3. Mixing songs
  6. Sheet music
    1. Loading and playing sheet music
    2. Creating your own compositions
    3. Transposing music to different keys
  7. Audio File Formats
  8. Sound and Multimedia
    1. Background music
    2. Midi data or digital audio
    3. Editing sound
    4. Cross platform issues
    5. Space considerations
    6. Testing and evaluation
  9. Music Fundamentals
    1. Diatonic scale
    2. Sharps and music notations
    3. Musical keys
    4. Notational terminology
      1. Measures, clefs and staves
      2. Beats and time signatures

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be presented using a combination of lectures, slide presentations and computer work in the lab.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Attend and participate in all classes and labs.
  2. Attend critiques and quizzes as scheduled in the course calendar.
  3. Complete assigned exercises and print work.
  4. Final Exam.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  1. Flash drive or portable hard drive
  2. Blank CD-Rs

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights:

  1. Quizzes         25%
  2. Critiques        25%
  3. Final Exam    25%
  4. Final Critique 25%
Multiple choice quizzes will be administered at the first three critiques. Critiques offer the student the opportunity to show work in progress to the instructor and to the class and to obtain feedback on the work presented. There will be four critiques including the final.  

XI.   Other Course Information

Please note:
Some of the activities, lectures and assignments in this class may include imagery that is controversial, uncomfortable, shocking, has nudity, and personally unpopular to one's beliefs. If a student objects to this practice, he/she is encouraged to discuss with the instructor early in the semester alternative ways of completing course requirements.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.