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Approx. 27 hours to complete

Suggested: 12 hours of lectures and assignments...


Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

4 hours to complete

Week 1 - Introduction RC & Introduction to Electrical Circuits MB

Introduction to oscillations and sound waves, simple oscillating systems, sound pressure, sound waves, the speed of sound, wavelength, frequency and pitch, sound pressure level, loudness, making sound, properties of musical sound versus “noise”. Electronics fundamentals - charge, current, voltage, power, resistance, Ohm’s law, DC circuits, finding currents and voltages in simple circuits.

13 videos (Total 140 min), 8 readings
13 videos
Auditory Perception and Sound Localization 15m
Acoustic Resonance: Helmholtz Resonators 16m
Acoustic Resonance: Loudspeakers 2m
Electrical Charge and Current 13m
Electric Fields and Electric Potential 14m
Electrical Circuits: Kirchoff's Voltage Law 8m
Electrical Circuits: Voltage Dividers 6m
Volume Control and Loudness Perception 7m
Electrical Circuits: Kirchoff's Current Law 13m
Electrical Circuits: Nodal Analysis 13m
8 readings
About the Professors10m
About the Teaching Assistant10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Suggested Readings10m
Building the Amplifier and Ordering the Kit10m
Complex Number Proficiency Self-Assessment10m
General Overview10m
2 hours to complete

Week 2 - Acoustic Resonance RC & Electrical Circuits MB

Reflection and absorption of sound, resonances in air columns, resonances in enclosures and rooms, diffraction and diffusion of sound, reverberation, principles of designing a good music studio. AC signals, phase and complex numbers, capacitors, inductors, transformers, impedance, AC circuits and AC circuit analysis, simple filters (high-pass, low-pass, band-pass)

13 videos (Total 84 min), 1 quiz
13 videos
Resonant Modes in a Duct 6m
Reverberation and Room Acoustics 8m
Power and Energy 6m
Power and Energy Dissipation in Circuits 9m
Real Voltage and Current Sources6m
Impedence Matching Derivation 4m
Ideal and Real Current Sources 7m
Operational Amplifiers 6m
Using the OP AMP as a voltage follower 4m
Inverting OP AMP Configuration 4m
1 practice exercise
Test for Weeks 1 and 256m
2 hours to complete

Week 3 - Some Necessary Mathematics MB & AC Circuit Analysis

Transistors, vacuum tubes, opamps, amplification, power gain, single-stage amplifiers. Converting sound to electrical signals –microphones and guitar pickups, converting electrical signals to sound – loudspeakers

18 videos (Total 148 min)
18 videos
Simple Harmonic Oscillator 11m
Complex Numbers and Arithmetic 10m
Complex Exponentials and Eulers Formula 11m
Phasors 8m
Capacitors 9m
Transient Analysis of an RC Circuit 8m
Frequency Response of an RC Circuit 5m
Inductors 8m
Transient Response of an RL Circuit 5m
RL Lowpass and Highpass Circuits 6m
Phasors in AC Circuit Analysis 8m
Generalized Impedance 9m
Circuit Analysis Example 8m
Impedance Analysis of RL Circuit 6m
Filters as Frequency Dependant Voltage Dividers 7m
3 hours to complete

Week 4 - AC Signals & Loudspeakers and Radiation RC

Electric guitar electronics, pickup design, pickup placement and tone, volume control circuits, tone control circuits. Overview of a simple guitar amplifier, power supply, volume control, preamp, tone control, power amp section.

15 videos (Total 127 min), 1 quiz
15 videos
Graphical Interpretation of Fourier Series Integrals 7m
Spectral Analysis 7m
Spectral Analysis Examples 10m
Filters applied to Frequency spectra 9m
Construction of a Guitar Pickup 8m
Electrical Model of a Guitar Pickup 9m
Guitar Pickup Analysis Continued (wr Q) 7m
Frequency Response of a Guitar Pickup 6m
Loudspeaker Radiation and Directionality 10m
Loudspeaker Radiation, Continued 8m
Electromechanical Model of a Loudspeaker 9m
Loudspeaker and Transducer Parameters 8m
1 practice exercise
Test for Weeks 3 and 41h
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Top reviews from Fundamentals of Audio and Music Engineering: Part 1 Musical Sound & Electronics

By ISOct 27th 2016

Absolutely Excellent Course, Fantastic teaching; I found the circuit analysis for the last two weeks really challenging (in a good way). Very glad I stuck with it and finished it.

By AKSep 21st 2015

Good course. I enjoyed watching the lectures, especially from Bocco. The quizzes were also very representative of the course materials. Thanks for a good learning experience.



Robert Clark

Provost and Senior Vice President for Research and Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Mark Bocko

Distinguished Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering

About University of Rochester

The University of Rochester is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University provides exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College, School of Arts and Sciences, and Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are complemented by its Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, and the Memorial Art Gallery....

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