Teaching audio signal processing theory without calculus or complaints

Will Pirkle

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This paper examines the methodology I have been using in the classroom for ten years to teach complex audio signal processing without calculus or an abundance of stuffy engineering theory. Start by leveraging on the students highschool math knowledge and the way they were taught to solve math problems to show them how to analyze digital filters using nothing more than addition and multiplication. Next, help the student make the decision that embracing a few complex-math ideas will ultimately save them time over rote calculations. Finally, provide them with tools to let them hear the results of the math that they developed. Hearing the algorithm in real time is the final proof that the theory really does work and effectively engages the student to internalize the information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication50th AES International Conference 2013
Subtitle of host publicationAudio Education
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781629933276
StatePublished - 2013
Event50th AES International Conference 2013: Audio Education - Murfreesboro, TN, United States
Duration: Jul 25 2013Jul 27 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the AES International Conference


Other50th AES International Conference 2013: Audio Education
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMurfreesboro, TN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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