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Introduction to Music Production

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Loudon Stearns

Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer.

 

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Next Session:

Mar 1st 2013 (6 weeks long) Sign Up
Workload: 6-8 hours/week

About the Course

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.Knowledge is where this course comes in. No matter what kind of music you are making, there is a large set of tools that you will need to use.  Each lesson of this course will demonstrate a different set of music production tools, loosely following along the music production process of recording, editing, and mixing.

We will start with some background on the nature of sound and how we perceive it. We will then examine the components necessary to record audio into a computer, so that you understand the devices that sound must travel through in a music production process.

Once recorded, sound must be organized along a timeline, a process known as editing. It allows us to give the impression of perfect performances and create many of the sounds we hear in contemporary music. The contemporary editing tool is the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW),  a piece of software that stores and organizes all the assets of a musical project. We will focus on the editing tools that are essential in contemporary music production and that all DAWs provide.

After editing, sounds must be combined or mixed together, so we look to the mixing board—a very creative place if you know how to use it. We will explore the basic functionality of both hardware and software mixing boards, including volume, pan, mute, solo, busses, inserts, sends, and submixes. The mixing process, however, includes more tools than the mixing board provides on its own. Sound must also be processed, modified from its recorded state to fit the context of the music. We will look at compression, equalization, and delay, and examine the many audio effects that are offshoots of these devices and how they are used in a musical context.

We will then explore the synthesizer, a major tool within the production of contemporary music. Yes, great music can and will be created without the synthesizer, but learning how a synthesizer works will give you a language to describe sound. Music is a collaborative art form, so there is nothing more powerful than effective communication.

In the end, the music production process relies on your creativity. Creativity is a product of the mind and will stay there, unexpressed, until the right tools are used in the right way to share it with the world. If you have an idea in your head, it will take numerous steps, each with an important tool, to reach your audience. You bring the dedication and creativity, and this course will bring you the knowledge to make that happen.

About the Instructor(s)

Loudon Stearns is an assistant professor in the Contemporary Writing & Production department at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches students to be self-sufficient music producers capable of working in professional situations. Programming computers from a young age, engineering in numerous venues, composing music for visuals and performing with a laptop have all given Loudon a unique perspective on music through the lens of technology. This perspective is shared with the world through his YouTube channeland through Berklee College of Music’s continuing education division, Berkleemusic.com, where he authored and currently teaches the courses, Advanced Music Production with Ableton Live and Composing and Producing Electronic Music.

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1: Recording Signal Flow

Sound, Microphones, Cables, Microphone Preamp, A to D Converter, DAW, DSP, D to A converter, Amplifier, Speakers (path of speaker is same as waveshape in DAW)

Lesson 2: DAW (Editing)

Multitrack Concept, Audio vs. MIDI, Regions and Sound Files, File Management, Grid, Trim, Cut, Paste, Crossfade, Automate, Software Instruments, MIDI Editing, Bounce

Lesson 3: Mixer (Summing)

Adding Waveforms, Mute and Solo, Stereo and Mono, Panning, Busses, Submix, Insert, Categories of Effects, Sends, Pre/Post Sends, Aux Tracks/Returns

Lesson 4: Dynamics Processing

Dynamic Range, Distortion and Noise, Volume Automation, Envelope (RMS), Dynamic Processors, Attack and Release, Conceptual Downward Expander and Gate, Conceptual Compressor and Limiter, Practical Gate, Practical Compressor

Lesson 5: Delay and Filters

Conceptual Delay, Delay Spectrum, Filters, Equalization, Short Delay (Comb Filter), Short Modulated Delay (Flanger), Long Delay (Synchronized), Reverb, Depth in Mixing

Lesson 6: Synthesizer

Synthesizer and Sampler, Synthesizer Overview, Oscillator, Filter, Amplifier, Modulation, Envelope, LFO,  A Language of Timbre

Recommended Background

You should be able to perform the following tasks in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), such as GarageBand, Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Reason, SONAR, or Digital Performer:

  • Create audio tracks
  • Add audio effects (EQ, Noise Gate, Compressor, Delay, and Reverb)
  • Create MIDI tracks
  • Add a software synthesizer to a MIDI track
  • Export an audio file
  • Create an MP3 file

Suggested Readings

Course Format

The course consists of video demonstrations, with integrated quizzes that allow you to reinforce your knowledge of the material before moving on. Assignments will require you to process audio (supplied in the course) using the standard music production tools and upload the results as an MP3 file for peer review.
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