Electronic Music Production Program Overview:
This intensive course is designed to allow students to quickly start making music and evolve their skills over 6 months. The course involves extensive hands-on training giving students the skills needed to take their productions out of the bedroom or basement and into the world of professional audio production.
-TOOLS NEEDED FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION
-MIDI TECHNOLOGY AND VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS
-PROGRAMMING AND PRODUCTION
-MIXING AND MASTERING YOUR MUSIC
-MUSIC THEORY FOR EDM – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC
-STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS & SUBMISSIONS
During the early stages of the course, students are given elementary knowledge of sound theory to clarify terminology and concepts which are explained later on in the course. Concepts such as frequency, loudness, compression, mono and stereo and other fundamentals are explained in detail in order to help students understand how sound is perceived and analyzed by our ears.
TOOLS NEEDED FOR ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION
-Students learn how computer based music workstations function and understand how various audio hardware and software workstations are all interconnected. Digital audio recording and editing are introduced. Work flow development within the digital audio workstation is explained along with studio etiquettes and practices.
MIDI TECHNOLOGY AND VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS
-Students will learn the practical application of MIDI, Sampling and Synthesis techniques that they will then explore in music production. Students will learn to manipulate/design their own sounds and create a myriad of soundscapes using synthesizers and software. Sequencing, programming and sampling will be extensively covered using Pro Tools, Reason and Ableton Live.
PROGRAMMING AND PRODUCTION
-The core focus of the program. All the theory, concepts and techniques of Electronic Music Production are explained and explored in great detail using the features of multiple DAW’s. Students use loops, layer drum sounds and sample acoustic instruments to building their own sounds from scratch. Students will also explore other creative processing techniques involving equalization, compression and effects. Mixing basics are taught along with other processing techniques.
MIXING AND MASTERING YOUR MUSIC
-Students cover the advanced elements of mixing an electronic music session from scratch. Emphasis is on mixing approaches and mastering guidelines, with the creative use of effects and other relevant tools.
-Popular mixing techniques and tips are provided and explained by having students mix an entire song and then master it. Students will also analyze existing commercial and popular electronic music.
MUSIC THEORY FOR EDM – ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC
-Students apply their new found knowledge in a variety of production styles. They learn the essential music theory and arrangement techniques.
-Tempo, Rhythm, scales, chords and melody used in EDM.
-Students learn beat programming, structure, composition and vocal based arrangements with regards to various styles in EDM.
STUDENT AUDIO LAB ASSIGNMENTS & SUBMISSIONS
-Students will be required to complete hands-on audio lab assignments and create their own music on an ongoing basis throughout the program.