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Music Technology: Digital Audio – Facts & Myths – University Masterclass With Dr Russell Mason From University of Surrey

April 29 @ 14:15 - 15:15



In this Music Technology workshop, Dr Russell Mason, a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Sound Recording (IoSR) at the University of Surrey, will present Digital Audio – Facts & Myths.

Almost all recorded audio these days goes through some form of digital processing. The term “digital” tends to be used as a marketing buzzword, so there must be something good about it – but on the other hand some purists would try to convince you that digital audio is fundamentally wrong.

So what do we actually mean by “digital audio”? Why do we bother converting a signal from analogue to digital? What are the important stages of this conversion? What could go wrong in the conversion? And what might these errors sound like? We’ll answer these questions, and no doubt horrendously mangle some audio on the way to show how badly it could go wrong!


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Speaker Profile (Please click): Dr Russell Mason

Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying Music and related subjects. We also welcome interested students from other disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider questions they have about production and editing techniques and particular issues or obstacles they may be facing.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



April 29
14:15 - 15:15
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