Music Production 101- Make Music on Your Computer!

Create your first song with Ableton Live!
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Instructed by Ian Gonzales Music / Music Software
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  • Lectures 35
  • Contents Video: 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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    Available on iOS and Android
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About This Course

Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

In today’s digital era, the computer is now an instrument. Whether it is used as a medium to create music or a supplemental tool to produce music, there is no doubt the computer is an essential tool for any aspiring musician or hobbyist.

This is where the course comes in. BeatsBlueprint is a step by step beginner level video series course on music production. There is no pre-requisite knowledge required. The goal is to not only teach students how to tap into the potential of a computer, but also, to help facilitate the creative process for students to craft his or her own sound. Using the digital audio software, Ableton, as a medium, students will learn the technical concepts of music theory and how to apply their knowledge to create music across a span of genres.

What sets Beatsblueprint apart is our project based approach. By the end of the course, the student will be able to create his or her own track from start to finish.

In order to complete the course, you must have access to Ableton. Ableton is a powerful software music sequencer and digital audio workstation. It offers a generous demo that allows you to access and utilize it’s full range of tools completely FREE. After 30 days, however, the trial ends. However, this does not mean you stop making music. BeatsBlueprint specifically designed this course to work across a variety of platforms. Music theory is music theory. Production is production. Regardless of what you choose to use, your knowledge can be adapted to any music software.



Audio Design

Variety is the spice of life. From pop to house, dubstep to hip pop, learn fundamental concepts to create music from an array of genres.

Music Theory

Take the guesswork out of producing. Learn basic structures of scales, chords, and rhythms to craft smooth melodies.

Project Based Approach

From the intro, beat drop to the chorus, learn how to craft an entire song alongside the instructor from start to finish

Mixing and Mastering

Learn how to take a composition to a crisp radio ready jam. From EQ techniques to special effects, learn how to craft quality professional tracks.

Technical Concepts

MIDI vs Audio? Loops vs Virtual Instruments? Learn the technical know how and basic techniques of music production.

Creative Inspiration

From piano keys, guitar riffs, to music samples, learn how you can integrate melodies to help facilitate the creative process and sculpt your unique sound.

What are the requirements?

  • Ableton Live- Free Trial Available
  • A learning attitude

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn Music Theory
  • Craft New and Different Sounds
  • Create Own Song From Start to Finish!

What is the target audience?

  • Aspiring producers/Hobbyists
  • Musicians

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to Ableton Live
Intro to Ableton
Versions of Ableton Live
Session View
Arrangement View
Piano Roll
Clip View
Global Controls
Section 2: Basic Production Concepts
Audio Basics
MIDI Basics
Basic Track Set-up (Audio/MIDI)
Software Instruments
Recording Drums + MIDI Clips
Using the Keyboard
Section 3: Mixing Tools
Section 4: Sound Design
Instrument Stacking for Creativity
Punchy Kick
Trap Hi Hat
Pump Effect
Dubstep Wobble
Lead Pluck Synth
Filter Sweep
Section 5: Music Theory
Major and Minor Scales
Chord Types
Chord Progressions
Chord Inversions
Section 6: Putting It All Together
Song Demonstration Intro
Song Demonstration Beat Drop
Song Demonstration Verse #1
Song Demonstration Chorus
Song Demonstration Chorus/Verse#2
Song Demonstration Final Wrap Up

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Instructor Biography

Ian Gonzales, Audio Engineer

My name is Ian Gonzales and I am the course instructor for BeatsBlueprint. I have a B.A. in Music and am currently as an Audio Engineer. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to record with artists such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Colbie Caillat, Estelle, and many more.

From an early age, the interest and passion for music was evident. I picked up multiple instruments, but excelled at the drums and piano. I began playing drums in church at age nine with the big boys and never stopped. Now, I continue to play various gigs and recordings. At 15, my dad bought me sequencing software and I fell in love with producing and writing music. From Hip Hop to Jazz, I was broadening my creativity and making music of all genres. I was totally intrigued by the versatility of these programs. Using them throughout the years, I began to grow and grasp important concepts and quickly began to harness the power of the computer. Throughout the process, I always had a willingness to learn something new. I’ve found there is almost always multiple ways to do the same thing and they all can get the job done! This is why I created BeatsBlueprint. I truly believe with a little guidance and hard work, musical creativity has no limits. Hopefully, through my experience, I can give you the basic tools you need to start creating for yourself. There is nothing quite as rewarding as creating something from scratch and being able to put your name on it!

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