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Audio Effects Design Lab - TFT00001M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Fiona Keenan
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

This module introduces students to fundamental audio theory and practical skills to enable them to design, implement and test their own audio signal processing routines and then apply them in their creative work. A range of platforms for implementation is considered, with mathematical theory being introduced in lectures such that it can be applied in context during practical sessions.

Professional requirements


Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23

Module aims


To provide an inter-disciplinary environment through supporting lectures to provide a background to the use of advanced sound design methods for creative audio/visual applications.


To provide the mathematical fundamentals to enable the exploration of basic digital audio processing algorithm design.


To provide a hands-on environment in which advanced audio effects techniques and technologies can be explored through the implementation and testing of real-world audio processing design briefs.


To introduce a range of low, mid and high level algorithmic development programming tools as used in research and industry for design, simulation and testing.


To develop and encourage professional production values through technical expertise and reflective learning.


To enhance an understanding of the relationship between low-level sound designers and visual effects artists.

Module learning outcomes


Upon completion of this module students are expected to be able to:


Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical fundamentals of digital audio signal processing.


Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental digital audio signal processing algorithms.


Demonstrate basic skills and competencies in a range of computer based tools for the development and implementation of digital audio signal processing algorithms.


Demonstrate practical experience of algorithm development through simulation and testing.


Design, implement and test a high quality, real-time audio processing effect for creative audio/visual use.


Task Length % of module mark
Production Project with Reflective Report
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Practical sessions each week involve supervised exercises where detailed feedback is provided. 


Task Length % of module mark
Production Project with Reflective Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Detailed feedback will be given to students on their production project within the university 20 working day turnaround.

Indicative reading

Farnell, A., 2010. Designing sound. MIT Press, ISBN 0262014416.

Reiss, J.D. and McPherson, A., 2014. Audio effects: theory, implementation and application. CRC Press, ISBN 1466560282.

Zolzer, U., (Editor), 2002. DAFX: Digital audio effects, John Wiley and Sons Ltd., ISBN 0470665998.


The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.