Month: September 2015

Back to the grind

Today I’m going to finish my Fourier transform homework on the audio signal processing class on coursera. The class description says you should put 8/10 hrs to the class, but i’m sure I put in more than 10hrs. In another note, I’m making plans to move to Barcelona in about 12 months and get my masters degree in Sound and Music Computing using my personal savings and selling my car. The program is one year and I see a lot of value in that experience that I can create for myself.

The Pomodoro technique

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I started using this technique a couple weeks ago to make it a habit to study or work for 25 minutes and a small break of 5 minutes for long hours. This is the best system that works for me to be productive and to focus when trying to learn something difficult. The app costs $3 bucks from the app store and is available in IOS and OSX, I highly recommend it!

Today, I feel tired but I’m writing a convolver C++ application from the book “Designing audio effects in C++” by Will Pirkle. It’s not an easy, but I’m in page 277 which I feel very proud of myself.

45 minutes of reading

Today I finished reading chapter 1 at my lunch hour from this great book “DSP a practical guide for engineers and scientists” and I hope to make it a habit. I started reading 30-45 minutes at my lunch break and it’s very easy to understand, because this books doesn’t get into the ugly maths and it uses pictures to explain the concepts. I wish I read this book before any signals class or even calculus class….sigh.

NOTE: you can read this book for free online.

The Fourier Transform

MAAAAN, this thing called “The Fourier Transform” just doesn’t make sense to me, even though I took continuous and discrete signals courses in college (I don’t know how I passed).

I’m going to dedicate some time taking the DSP course on coursera(it’s free) and relearning what does that equation even mean.

Here’s a nice blog that explains well DFT

An Interactive Guide To The Fourier Transform

I’m going into an adventure

Three weeks ago I made the decision to commit to learn Audio programming by Reading books, coding, courses and hopefully save money to get a graduate degree in Spain. I’m 24 soon to be 25 and I developed good habits to study after my 9-5.

My background:

BS in Electrical Engineering (didn’t pay too much atention in class so i’m learning everything again)

DJ and music producer from age 15-20(Really didn’t know much music theory and what I was doing)

So here’s the first course I commit myself to finish from coursera:

Audio Signal Processing for Music Applications

Another course that will start in October from cousera as well.

Digital Signal Processing

Note: English is my second language and I’m doing my best to improve it everyday, so bare with me. I hope this blog inspires others and follow me into this new realm.