Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students will be able to describe the history, trends, and applications of digital audio signal processing, recognize and design digital filters used in audio signal processing, describe how the sampling rate of a digital audio signal can be altered, list sound analysis, synthesis, and effects processing techniques and their main features, explain basic principles and uses of audio codecs, describe what the concept "virtual acoustics" means, and apply the provided methods using the MATLAB software.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.01.2021 - 09.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Karolina Prawda, Alec Wright, Vesa Välimäki

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Karolina Prawda, Alec Wright, Vesa Välimäki

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    General overview, history, and applications of audio signal processing, digital filters used in audio, audio-specific design methods for digital filters, sampling rate conversion, analysis methods for audio signals, digital reverberation and effects, 3-D sound and virtual acoustics, sound synthesis, and audio coding standards.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Special assignment and learning diaries with exercises, or alternatively, special assignment and examination.


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching approximately 40 h, independent work approximately 93 h, total 133h

    Attendance in some contact teaching may be compulsory.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes and additional reading to be announced in the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    ELEC-C5230 and ELEC-E5600 or equivalent knowledge.

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