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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 Grittatham k

Oct 31, 2022

Very clearly knowledge

By Ukpor O I

Jan 2, 2020

this course is the best

By Andrea b

Apr 5, 2018

Mr Stearns was awesome!

By Raffaele C

Sep 10, 2017

Very high level course!

By Omar C U

Oct 26, 2022

a very helpful course

By mariano a e s

Jun 5, 2022

a very complete course

By Lofi A

Oct 2, 2020

challenging, i like it

By Jorge M

Jul 30, 2020

Great Course, Thanks.

By Amanuel D

Jan 7, 2020

Thank You so match

By 台師大表藝- 蔡

Jun 23, 2023

fantastic lesson.

By Kp R

Apr 7, 2023

Excellent course!

By Bernardo F

Dec 28, 2021

Excellent intro.

By omar S

Aug 31, 2021


By Michael P M

Apr 25, 2021

Excellent course!

By Danica T

Jun 26, 2020

Very Informative!

By David M P B

Feb 13, 2019

muy buen material

By Sebastian M

Jul 13, 2020

Excellent topics

By José A F R

Feb 13, 2019

Excellent Course

By Matten B

Sep 26, 2017

excellent course

By Jon B

May 20, 2018

Good teacher =)

By Chimi T

Oct 4, 2016

really awesome!

By prosto s

May 18, 2020

Great! Thanks!

By Shawn

Nov 13, 2018

Very thorough!

By Rodrigo N

Mar 13, 2019

Great course!