Sound and Music Processing


The aim of this course is to introduce students to physical and psycho acoustics, digital audio technologies, sound processing and synthesis techniques specific for live-sound, audio and music applications. Special emphasis is placed on practice with the support of audio-specific software.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The lecture is divided in half between the theoretical part, which is enriched by sound examples, and practice in the laboratory.Course Policies

Course Policies: 

Attendance to lectures and labs is not mandatory but highly recommended

  • Fletcher, N. H., & Rossing, T. D. (1991). The physics of musical instruments. New York, Springer-Verlag.
  • Vaseghi, S. V. (2007). Multimedia Signal Processing: Theory and Applications in Speech, Music and Communications. J. Wiley.
  • Everest, F. and Pohlmann, K. (2001). Master Handbook of Acoustics. 5th ed. New York, McGraw-Hill.
  • Müller, M. (2015). Fundamentals of Music Processing - Audio, Analysis, Algorithms, Applications. Springer.
  • Course slides.


Proficiency in mathematics, physics and statistics.


The course will cover:

  • Physical and psycho acoustics;
  • Fundamentals of digital audio;
  • Techniques and technologies for sound analysis, processing and synthesis;
  • Hands-on practice with dedicated audio deployment tools.

The detailed course programme can be viewed at this link:

Learning outcome: 

Students will be able to:

  • understand and identify the fundamental characteristics of sound for the physical and perceptual world;
  • understand the principles of the digital audio;
  • select and implement established signal processing and synthesis methods for sound and music signals;
  • develop and evaluate practical sound-based applications.


Grading Policy:  Exam (80%) + Lab test (20%)

Nb hours of lectures / labs:  10.5/10.5

Nb hours per week:  3