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About the Course

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

Top reviews

JJ
Feb 7, 2021

This course gave me a working knowledge of the many parameters of a DAW. I really have a base knowledge to continue my studies and not get frustrated with mental blocks in navigation of the software.

PV
Jun 25, 2017

WOW, Awesome course Loudon! I'm learning lots of stuff I never knew, very much in depth and it takes me to the source of things I already knew but ignored where they generated from. Love it!

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By Georgios N

Apr 16, 2020

Well presented lectures and examples. The lecturer covered a variety of topics with accuracy and completeness. Many thanks

By Igor A

Dec 27, 2019

Great course! Even if i already familiar with technology - it was great to re-learn things in structured way. Thank you!

By Oyan H R

Apr 25, 2020

Great explanation of everything. It was a great opportunity to learn from someone like Loudon Stearns. He is the boss!

By fradely

Dec 29, 2016

Is incredible. All the info and all the wasted time that I spent on the internet. You got everything in order. LOVE IT

By Sandilya A

Feb 26, 2021

Very interesting and informative course for a novice student who is looking for details on Music production process.

By Fredrik N

Oct 5, 2020

You learn absolutely what they say u should learn and I think it was fun.. Looking forward to the next section...

By Щербак Д С

Sep 26, 2020

Thanks a lot for the course! I learnt a lot but what is more important, I feel inspired to do and to learn more

By Juan C E D

Jul 24, 2017

Absolutely fantastic content and interaction, it helped me a lot since I was new to editing and mixing process.

By Nhan L H

Oct 3, 2017

This course is very good and lecturer is very enthusiastic.

I really appreciate this course's value.

Thank you.

By Anna M

May 17, 2020

It would be great to have in this cource some small tasks to work with filter woth recommended parametres.

By Emanuel V d M S

Jan 23, 2020

Before starting the course, I didn't even know how to use any recording software, but now I learned a lot.

By 강대영

Jun 28, 2017

I'm very happy to take this class. It was helpful to understand about basic principles of sound process.

By Gonzalo C

Jul 20, 2020

As everything: you learn if you investigate by yourself, but the guide given by prof. Stearns is great.

By Sergio S

Apr 27, 2019

He disfrutado mucho haciendo este curso y aprendido mucho más de lo que podría haberme imagino gracias

By Bashar A N

Sep 18, 2018

Tough tough tough. lots of concepts and many of them are similar. BUT very useful and helpful indeed.

By Kiran P

Feb 13, 2019

Muy bueno, la dinámica de convivencia en los foros podría mejorar, pero el contenido está excelente.

By Fawaz A

Aug 20, 2016

excellent , well structured , comprehensive and in-depth study of DAWs and digital audio production.

By Eric B

Oct 30, 2016

so usefull, a charged program, difficult, but so usefull! Thanks to Loundon, he is a great teacher!

By kirkwood H

Dec 5, 2019

I couldn't want anything more out of this course. it was a great introduction to music production.

By Emma R ( P

Feb 2, 2018

Amazingly helpful and demonstrated in a no nonsense methodical set of online lectures. Excellent.

By Ánderson C

Jul 17, 2020

Te da una idea algo profunda de los conceptos teóricos del sonido y la aplicación de los mismos.

By Marcus

May 1, 2021

Very good introduction to Music Production and Loudon does a great job at presenting the class!

By Shaurya V

Nov 26, 2018

I am thoroughly enjoying the course. The teacher and the subject material is simply amazing.

By Josip G

Oct 18, 2018

Great course, very in-depth and useful. Glad we learned about synthesis for the final week!

By Johnny O

Oct 9, 2019

Thank you Louden and thank you classmates for all the positive reinforcement and feedback!