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Learner Reviews & Feedback for The Technology of Music Production by Berklee College of Music

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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 Juan S L

Nov 2, 2019

Very good course! Very good professor.


Apr 26, 2020

Really helpful and informative course

By Luis S

Jan 25, 2020

Great foundation to music production.

By Anna B

Jan 11, 2018

Great explanations, details and facts

By Iordanis / Ι Σ

Apr 25, 2017

Great course ! It was very helpful !

By Yousuf N

Jan 25, 2018

Amazing step forward in the field.

By Potapov A

Dec 30, 2016

The course is absolutely wholesome

By Kumar A

Apr 28, 2020

Very good course. Worth the time!

By Jose M C

Aug 25, 2017

Goog material and learning curve.

By Justin E

Aug 23, 2017

Very Good!It‘s so helpful for me!

By Victoria R

May 30, 2017

Understandable and easy to follow

By Marcelo E

Feb 3, 2020

Excellent course and instructor!

By Frank R

Jan 3, 2018

Great, here you can learn a lot.

By Amanda A d A e A

Jun 5, 2017

Great teacher... Amazing course!

By Efrain P

Nov 15, 2020

Very Useful and great course!!

By Chaitanya P

Aug 28, 2020

Thank you Coursera and Berklee

By Konstantin K

May 29, 2020

Very informative and exciting!

By Angel R

Jun 8, 2019

Excellent course i recomend it

By Himay T

Aug 9, 2020

I really enjoyed this course.

By Calvo C

Aug 25, 2020

This course was very helpful

By scott f

Feb 17, 2018

excellent class learned alot

By Heather L

Aug 27, 2017

Hard work but learned a lot.

By Vipin P

Aug 14, 2020

very nice effective courses

By zaidrizwankhan

May 5, 2017

This course is very helpful

By 王維煜

Nov 11, 2016

excellent teaching, thanks!