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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

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.

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 Rodrigo R M

Mar 24, 2020

Thank you Coursera, Berklee and instructors for this amazing course! :)

By Manu S

Apr 19, 2021

Most detailed of all the courses, this is a ready reckoner now for me!

By Melchor B M

Sep 30, 2018

i'm so excited to my second course- Technology of Music Production! :)

By Rahul R

Sep 8, 2017

A Lot of information. Difficult quizzes, its a challenge. Well though.

By Pedro J R D

Jan 5, 2018

I loved this course, it touched all the key areas of music production

By Óculos d Ó

Jan 26, 2018

Simply amazing! Covering in great depth the various topics involved!

By Sukma R D R

Apr 22, 2021

I love the details on the basic information throughout the program!

By Hazielle B

Jun 28, 2020

very detailed and explains the tools used for production thoroughly

By Laura

Nov 7, 2020

Great course for an introduction to Technology of Music Production

By aaryan m

Jun 9, 2020

It was amazing and fun. Will totally recommend this to my friends.

By Mukisa J

Sep 22, 2019

Very informative and hands on. best way to learn production theory

By Christian S

Jul 29, 2016

Extremely informative. Definitely going to pay for the certificate

By Cian L

Sep 5, 2020

Great course! Learned a lot and the material was well delivered!

By Diego A P V

Aug 10, 2020

Un curso increíble, excelentes presentaciones y muy buen asesor.

By Bryan H

Dec 12, 2017

A very good introduction to some sound engineering fundamentals.

By Diego F E

Aug 28, 2016

Increidble teacher and teaching. This course is absolutely gold!

By Hallelujah M

May 23, 2020

this course was very impactful the lecturer gave his

best to it

By Francis C

Dec 1, 2020

Thank you! It's always my dream to learn from masters of music

By Guimel R

Jul 1, 2020

I learned so much! I just love the lessons and the assignments

By James D

Feb 22, 2018

Loudon is awesome - very thorough and clear, and enthusiastic!

By Erick H

Jan 4, 2018

what an awesome professor, valuable information.

thank you guys


Nov 18, 2017

He was taught me a super great and wonderful lessons! Thanks!

By Santiago A

Jun 28, 2020

Great way to learn the basics of sound and music production.

By Yerkin S

Nov 26, 2019

Great and wonderful structured course. Thank you very much!

By Yann C

Oct 28, 2016

Excellent, very clear and useful. Thank you a lot Loudon.