MIDI is starting in the box and moving out...
In the three Audio Engineering courses, the basic design is to capture the sound of an acoustic source (voice, instrument, etc) for later mixing, manipulation and playback. The MIDI I class is opposite; sounds are created and manipulated solely "inside the box".
The course begins with basic DAW sequencing with Logic and Pro Tools and getting used to the track layout, timeline,main and mix windwos, regions, track and region parameters, plug-ins, etc.
Subtractive synthesis is taught with a close eye on common modulators such as LFOs and Envelopes with an interest in the aspects they can change. In addition, we learn about the history of electronic music and those individuals that contributed to the body of knowledge we study today.
Digital audio and editing is a core component of the class. Projects include comping of multiple takes (with no common time reference), quick-swipe, cross fading, shuffle modes, slaving the DAW to the tempo of a pre-recorded track, and much more. These skills are all required for the student's final semester in Audio Engineering III.
Students must have a solid understanding of the musical keyboard (piano), note reading, chord progressions, and the ability to play to a click (metronome) to make it in the class. This is because students will be creating their own songs and projects based on sheet music.