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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Cfu 10.00 Tipo insegnamento Corso Integrato
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  2.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom
Docenti: Titolare (Co-titolari) Cosma Vittorio, Cazzaniga Lorenzo

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

Music production technologies are in constant evolution, but they all share common features of data organization, visualization, responsivity, etc. In past few years, technology innovation has had a great impact on music production. For this reason, in order to be able to research and implement technological solutions for the music industry, it is important to develop a solid knowledge on the music production process. 

This course will offer a practical overview of music production process from its artistic inception (Module 1) to its technical implementation (Module 2), with reference to three specific case studies: Record Productions; Soundtrack Production; and Production of Functional Music.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Students will be able to acquire an overview of the music production process from its artistic inception to its technical implementation, and will do so through a mix of lectures and direct in-studio experience. The course will cover various topics with reference to three specific case studies: Record Productions; Soundtrack Production; and Production of Functional Music (advertisement, ambient sounds, etc.), but it will also address issues that are typical of live production. Students will learn such topics through the development of specific projects. 

Argomenti trattati

This course is divided into two interlocking modules: the former (Module 1) concerns the music production process; and the latter (Module 2) focuses on music production techniques.

Module 1

This module discusses the music production process from the point of view of the producer and of the sound engineer, and for each one of the above three case studies, it covers:

  • Overview of the music production process, with specific reference to the various phases of music production (pre-production, recording, mixing, mastering, market injection) and of the professional roles that they involve.
  • Critical Listening, with the purposes of acquiring a sensitivity for the production process and related benchmarks; and of developing the ability to hear and identify the key features of a well-balanced, artful and professional production.
  • Artistic production
    • Musical contextualization: historical, geographical, architectural, stylistic, physical. Music descriptors and their evocative power.
    • Musical screenplay: emotional and rational trajectories.
    • Sound and acoustic design.
    • Case studies: music for commercials; song; soundtrack; multimedia project; live.
  • Discussion topics
  • Overview on music injection in the market: methods, platforms, technologies
  • Emerging technologies in music production: collaborative music production; intelligent music production; music ontologies.

Module 2

This module discusses the music production techniques with specific reference to the above three case studies. For each one of them, it covers:

  • Recording Studio Design
  • Audio systems fundamentals: analog vs. digital, multitrack recording, signal processing, large-format digital consoles, console vs. controller, recording platform, I/O and DSP comparison, audio cabling (signal types and cable runs, signal flow)
  • Recording studios: types, layouts
  • Monitoring: overview, types (in-wall, mid-field, subwoofer, nearfield), amplification
  • Engines, clock/synchronization, etc.
  • Digital Audio Workstation - overview, structure and organization, workflow
  • The recording chain
  • Microphones: specifications; types (inside, condenser, moving coil, ribbon, etc.); signal transmission; preamplifiers; setup; placement
  • Recording techniques: stereo pair; X/Y and spaced pair; drum set, piano, voice, stringed instrument, etc. recording;
  • Mixing - setup (organization, ergonomics, and phase relationships); equalization; reverb and delays; automation; dynamics processing; vocal, drums, and instrumental mixing.
  • Mastering - monitoring; audio file editing and noise reduction; equalization; dynamics processing; serial, parallel and multiband processing; compression techniques; control and balance of stereo image; stereo L-R vs M-S processing; use of reverb and harmonic enhancers; limiters and levels for CD and streaming platforms; loudness, LUFS and dBs; dithering.


This Course has no specific pre-requisites, but it is recommended to attend it after having already taken courses such as "Computer Music Representations and Models" and "Computer Music Languages and Systems" 

Modalità di valutazione

Students will be asked to work on a music production project in "flipped classroom" modality, which they will then be asked to present in class at the end of the course. The final evaluation will take into account the quality of the project, its presentation, as well as on attendence and participation.


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Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 100:00 150:00

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