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About the Course

In this course you will learn about audio signal processing methodologies that are specific for music and of use in real applications. We focus on the spectral processing techniques of relevance for the description and transformation of sounds, developing the basic theoretical and practical knowledge with which to analyze, synthesize, transform and describe audio signals in the context of music applications. The course is based on open software and content. The demonstrations and programming exercises are done using Python under Ubuntu, and the references and materials for the course come from open online repositories. We are also distributing with open licenses the software and materials developed for the course....

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Dec 3, 2016

Top class! Very well explained, good examples, excellent learning material, practical exercises, and lots and lots of room for further personal study! Well done guys, and especially Xavier! Cheers!


Dec 8, 2019

An absolutely awesome introduction to Audio Signal Processing. The additive introduction of new concepts is capable of teaching any beginner this topic which ordinarily is difficult to understand.

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By Jorge

Mar 5, 2018

This is an excellent course for those who have knowledge of Digital Signal Processing and have interest in Music.

If you haven't had exposure to Digital Signal Processing, then it would be a very good idea to get introduced to it before taking this course. On the other hand, for Music, you don't need formal education -- This is my case, good knowledge on DSP and interest in Music (but not a musician).

You need to know how to program. I think knowing Python is a plus, but in my case, I had never had exposure to Python and yet I had (almost) no problem, since I had good experience with other languages such as C and Matlab.

Here are some recommendations: [1]: If you have some trouble in the first few programming assignments, go to the forums, they will help you solve some stupid issues (probably strictly related to Python, not DSP) [2]: Take a look at the question quizzes before watching the videos. That will help you know beforehand what you need to look for. This way, you'll likely get most of 100's. [3] Enjoy what you are learning. Try to implement things you want, not only what you are requested to do. This way, you will arrive to the final project with good ideas on what to do. [4]: Although the first 5 or 6 assignments have no due date limit, the last few do have strict due dates. Don't get too confident on this, since you will find yourself having trouble finding reviewers (last few projects are graded by other students). This happened to me...

By Deleted A

Jan 21, 2017

I learned a lot during this course. It took quite a lot of time and energy to complete it, but I'm glad I did. It is now much easier to follow the text of Richard Lyons' book. Highly recommended.

By Gerald F

May 28, 2018

An excellent course, particularily when enhanced by reading the four book series by Juli us O. Smith III.

Allowing one to continue into the next semester while keeping credit for work done is a major

plus point for the course. It actually took me about a year to complete and the alloted ten weeks would be an extremely demanding schedule.

By Marc S

May 11, 2017

For a free course this was amazing. It was technically very challenging in places but was massively informative and completing it has felt like a excellent accomplishment. My thanks fro all of the hard work that clearly went into constructing the lectures and material.

By Tore B

Mar 8, 2018

Good lectures with a focus on practical applications. Good introduction to how signal processing can be used for musical analysis, and more specifically how to use the Essentia library

By Francisco R

Dec 4, 2016

Very well explained and organized course material. The classes are also very detailed and special emphasis is put on illustrating every concept with example plots.

By Davide F

Dec 8, 2016

The course is very well explained, the assignment are really interesting and the topic is very interesting as well.

If you never worked with coding, the beginning may be a bit tricky, but everything is well explained. Take your time to view the videos, they always help if you have some problems.

By Ricardo G A

Dec 6, 2016

Very good course. You learn basics of Audio digital Processing while you learn how to use software that is open source. I really enjoy programing and learning Python and more because it was totally applied.

By Amit V

Dec 18, 2016

A real gem of a course in Coursera. It covers all the aspects of the topics discussed on Audio Signal Processing ranging from In-depth Theory to excellent examples & demonstration to programming aspects.

By Alexey K

Dec 9, 2016

Brilliant course! Good balance between theory and implementations with Python. Also, very good additional materials - video lectures from Julius Smith, if you want to go even deeper into math theory.

By Leo H d N

Dec 4, 2016

Top class! Very well explained, good examples, excellent learning material, practical exercises, and lots and lots of room for further personal study! Well done guys, and especially Xavier! Cheers!

By Emmanuel o

Dec 9, 2019

An absolutely awesome introduction to Audio Signal Processing. The additive introduction of new concepts is capable of teaching any beginner this topic which ordinarily is difficult to understand.

By Manish S

Jul 23, 2017

Lots of learning in 10 weeks. Teacher is good takes time and explain things well. Lectures include theory, demonstration and programming which helped me learn the basics really well. Thank you !

By Paul S

Jun 5, 2017

Excellent course, for me this was pitched at just the right level to be interesting and also challenging. Everything was well explained and well structured.

By Ali A

Mar 5, 2017

good course . If there will any Speech recognition course it will useful > Hope Coursera will start speech recognition course in future .

By Pieter V R

Feb 5, 2017

Very well presented and thorough investigation into spectrogram, STFT and reconstruction techniques. Enjoying thanks.

By Stephen D

Sep 1, 2020

A very challenging course, involving mathematics, scientific python programming and music, focussing on the Discrete Fourier Tansform and Spectral Analysis of Audio Signals. The course material is written by two of the leaders in the world of Audio Signal Processing. Don't underestimate how challenging this course will be, you'll need at least mathematics at university entrance level, and current experience of python (spend some time getting to know the numpy ndarray class and scipy.signal packages before the course starts, if you can). If you really want to get the most out of this course, expect to spend another 8 hours or so every week reading Julius Smith's books (available free online). I'd hoped to do a bit more learning on filter design in this course, and hadn't understood the fact that this course focusses on Spectral Analysis, but it has vastly increased my understanding of signal processing, nevertheless!

By Tomás B I

Mar 9, 2020

Great course ! The topics covered are all very interesting and the theory lectures provide a good understanding of them. It makes Python programming approachable (basic previous knowledge is needed) with hands-on exercises. With the extensive packages provided it is possible to dive into digital signal processing and to understand much of what is applied during the course. I really liked the encouragement for new application and for different possible researches within the subjects covered.

By Richard W J

Aug 30, 2020

I learned a LOT in this course. It was the perfect way for me to get my foot in the door of audio signal processing, as someone with education in both computer engineering and music. The pacing was great and the course had a great blend of theory, demonstration, and practical applications. Not only did I learn a lot of material, but I was also exposed to the research going on in the field of audio signal processing and I'm considering pursuing further education in the area.

By Ole Q

Mar 1, 2021

This is the best online course I ever participated in. Fantastic and relevant lectures. Xavier Serra gives you a comprehensive introduction to the "magic" of Audio Signal Processing for Music Application. The free tool set used is just marvelous, and so are the lectures and the exams.

By Be b

Aug 21, 2021

Very good course. But I think there are not many people studying this course now, so it is difficult to find others to review my peer assignments. Thank all people working for this course!

By glicenstein

Jul 17, 2021

Very complete and interesting course. It was quite challenging at times. The only week point is the peer reviewing, which obviously depends on the number of participants in the course.

By Stanislav Z

Jan 6, 2023

Interesting lectures and practical exercises provide a strong foundation for entering the field of digital audio processing. Thank you very much!

By Noel A

Aug 18, 2020

Amazing, Challenging and honestly learnt a lot. This course helped me decide my masters specialisation and I am genuinely excited to pursue it!!

By Gurtueva I

Jul 11, 2019

Thank you kindly! The course is quite useful. I understood not only mathematics of Fourier Transform, but also the meaning of each step.