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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.


Aug 18, 2022

everything is clearly mentioned, good overall couese. i think it would be better addtional materials are given for various DAW's, because sometimes finding options in daw's were little bit difficult

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By Amanda A d A e A

Jun 5, 2017

Great teacher... Amazing course!

By Peace A O

Nov 12, 2022

This course was very detailed.

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!

By Kevin C J

Mar 15, 2023

This coursera is amazinga!

By John C

Aug 31, 2021

Very comprehensive course!

By Argenis

Feb 5, 2018

very good, great work guys

By Arjun M B

Aug 30, 2021

really enjoyed the course

By Sam J

Mar 30, 2021

Very detailed information

By Ihor K

Jun 10, 2020

Thank you for the course!

By Garegin A

Mar 27, 2019

useful and great course !

By Darren A

Nov 17, 2016

Loved every moment of it!

By viran s

Aug 22, 2023

nice i like mixsing part

By Konstantinos C

Jul 10, 2022

A great course for sure!

By Sitanshu V

Nov 30, 2020

this course was awesome.

By Felipe H

Apr 11, 2017

Very interesting course.