Berklee College of Music is making their Introduction to Music Production class available online through Coursera.org. I have taken both the Music Production and Songwriting classes, and both have lots of useful information, although I found that commenting on the forums was not as immediate as being in a physical class.
Everyone has a different learning style, and I have used a variety of sources and formats in my Audio learnings. Hopefully, this will of use to some of you.
“With the recent introduction of high-quality-low-cost software and hardware, the tools of music production are now available to the masses. Albums are made in bedrooms as well as studios. On the surface this is liberating. Anyone can make an album for the low cost of a couple pieces of gear and a software package. But, if you dig deeper, you will find that it is not so easy. Producing music requires knowledge, dedication, and creativity.”
We’ll be taking old, unloved sound toys, goodwill keyboards, and all manner of audio junk, and giving it new life – as electrifying circuit bent creations! We’ll learn how to modify electronic sound circuits through a method of experimentation, and add switches and volume knobs to our instruments.
Then, we will sample our instruments to create a circuit bent song. Some soldering required, but the instructor can help, if you prefer.
Thurs Feb 26, March 5,12,19 2015 – Living Arts and Science Center
I’ve been looking to simplify my songwriting process for a while now. Without a doubt, the most complex part of music production for me is my computer. It is so powerful, but also has email which needs to be checked, Facebook, YouTube, and lots of news sites that are all easier to check than actually sitting down and writing a new song.
So, I have been looking at getting some pieces of dedicated hardware for inspiration. I bought this Korg EA-1 a while ago, and I am having the best time messing around with it and coming up with new sounds. Very intuitive and immediate, and taking me in directions I normally wouldn’t go.
Get ready to get retro! Learn about the history of 8 bit music in video games, and learn about the current chip tunes scene. We’ll learn the basics of writing our own chip tunes in a tracker and in Acoustica Mixcraft using virtual instruments to get the classic chip sound, and make our own chip tunes for the class to share.
Thur Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 12 2015 – Living Arts and Science Center
My good friend and work comrade Tyler Little is laying down drum tracks for my new record this week. Tyler, you have picked up on these songs so fast, and infused them with a great feel! Can’t wait for everyone to hear what you’re doing!
The studio is giving a very natural drum sound, with no boxiness or slap back problems. We decided to record with a 4 mic setup for the sessions, 2 overhead condensers, a dynamic mic on the snare drum, and an SM 58 in the kick drum. Mixing these tracks is going to be fast and fun!
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Students will be able to pick one of several songs, and then learn how to use a computer to change the rhythm, arrangement, and mix of the instruments. We will learn how to edit and re-arrange sounds, and how to use virtual instruments to add our own parts. Students will learn the basics of EQ, Compression, Reverb, and Delay, and leave with a understanding of how the different instruments in modern music work together to create the sounds we hear on the radio.
Living Arts and Science Center – Thurs Dec 6,13,20,6-8pm $60/70 (nm)