Chevron Left
Back to The Technology of Music Production

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

1,037 ratings

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

Filter by:

126 - 150 of 336 Reviews for The Technology of Music Production

By Josip G

Oct 18, 2018

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

By Jim B

Aug 17, 2021

Great course. But there is a lot of material. Might be better as two four week classes.

By John T O

Oct 9, 2019

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

By Mike O

Oct 4, 2020

Great introduction to the technology of music me wanting to learn more.

By Arnya G

Oct 18, 2020

Great course, very thorough. Thank you Loudon and Berklee for the informative course! :)

By Ubong E

May 22, 2020

I really enjoyed every bit of the process. thanks a million Berklee for this opportunity

By Matthew A

Feb 23, 2017

This is rich, fully packed with the exact knowledge needed to succeed in music industry.

By Alfredo J F B

May 18, 2020


By Deleted A

Nov 3, 2019

Top-notch, as always from one of the best music technology professors, Loudon Stearns.

By Ege B

Dec 1, 2020

It was a perfect start to learn production and this course encouraged me to move on!

By Roberto A

Aug 16, 2020

Excellent course to get you started in the world of Technology in Music Production.

By Karl D

Nov 8, 2017

Excellent Excellent Course!! I have worked in this field and learned a few things.

By Vinicius C

Aug 21, 2017

Really gave me tools to understand and express myself in digital music production.

By Yuriy G

Jun 12, 2017

The best classes till now. Very interesting and good teacher. Thank you very much

By Sebastian M

Apr 24, 2020

I want to thank Berklee and Coursera, this is a very good course, I learn a lot!

By Abellot a

Jun 30, 2018

Sin duda, es un pedazo de curso, bien documentado y con explicaciones perfectas.

By Breno T P

Jul 6, 2020

The course is overall really great, but unfortunately the forums are dying out.

By John B

May 21, 2020

Thank you so much for all the information! I learned a lot through this course.

By Arik P

May 15, 2020

Great overview on music production. Liked the presentation assignments concept.

By Eric L

Oct 10, 2019

Terrific course! Covered a lot of the basic and a great start on further study!

By Lin K

Mar 20, 2018

The course you have to take to become not just an artist but a compelling one.

By Daniel R S

Jun 15, 2017

Really good course. Few courses have taught me this much. Highly recommended!

By Shiva K

Feb 21, 2021

Great instructor. The material is presented very well. Enjoyed the course!

By Aubrey M

Mar 9, 2023

He is just Amazing guys, Awesome and Excellent teaching. Thank you so much.

By Karla R R

Oct 5, 2020

En verdad me encanto tomar este curso, aprendí y reforcé muchas cosas! :)