The course will
provide a self contained introduction to sound processing by
computer. The course will have a strong practical focus. Students
will be encouraged to explore various hardware and software platforms
The course will begin with a brief introduction to human hearing, acoustics and electronics. We will then cover analog to digital and digital to analog conversion, followed by time and frequency domain analysis of signals (Fourier transform).
Given this foundation a number of practical problems will be studied, including: Sound analysis (time frequency and wavelet representation), sound synthesis (amplitude and frequency modulation) and System identification (measure frequency response of circuits, microphones, speakers).
Optional topics (lecture and/or project material) include: Digital signal processing (z-transform), audio compression (MP3), digital audio hardware and software systems, and acoustics simulation.
assignments will be provided in Matlab (or Octave). Students may
complete assignments as well as their projects on the hardware/software of their choice.