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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2019-20

This subject will provide students the assimilation of methods and strategies used for the digital processing of the audio signals. Using as a starting point the knowledge adquired in the recommended subjects, the processing of the audio signals will be detailed and studied in depth, including: analog to digital audio conversion, processing, sound effects, compression, spatial audio, etc..

This subject serves as a foundation for other subjects such as: Advanced Audiovisual Systems, Digital Sound Synthesis, Digital Signal Processors and Audiovisual Production Centers.

To follow the subject without problems it is recommended to have completed previously:

20010 - Acoustics
20014 - Signals and Systems
20015 - Communication Theory
20019 - Digital Signal Processing

It is also desirable, but not essential, to have completed:

20011 - Analog Electronics
20018 - Acoustic Transducers




Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT10 : Capacity to confront, plan and solve real problems demanded by society in the field of engineering.
  • CT12 : Capacity to assimilate and adapt to the permanent evolution of technology when developing one's professional career.
  • CT13 : Capacity to adopt the scientific method when planning and carrying out different academic and professional tasks.
  • CT6 : Capacity to use the English language fluently to access technical information, respond to the needs of society and be self-sufficient when preparing one's professional career.


Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT2 : Students should know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional manner and should possess those skills that are usually reflected when preparing and defending arguments and solving problems in their field of study.
  • CT5 : Students should have developed the necessary learning skills to take on later studies with a high level of autonomy.


Specific Competences: >> Competences Specific to Sound and Image

  • E1 : Capacity to construct, exploit and manage telecommunications services and applications, understanding these to be systems for the acquisition, analogue and digital treatment, coding, transport, representation, processing, storage, reproduction, management and presentation of audiovisual services and multimedia information.
  • E2 : Capacity to analyse, specify, implement and maintain television, audio and video systems, equipment, amplifiers and installations, both fixed and mobile.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2019-20

  • To understand the different analog to digital audio conversion systems 
  • To understand the processors, procedures and techniques used in the processing of digital audio. 
  • To understand the foundations of digital audio compression. 
  • To understand the procedure of the human binaural localization and the technical systems that use it to recreate spatial sound. 
  • To understand the different formats and media used for recording and transmission of digital audio.
  • To understand the error correction procedures used in digital audio.




Code: 20023
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught