Learn Music Production Essentials
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Learn Music Production Essentials

Learn how to Record, Edit, Mix and Master your Tracks into a Professional Music Production
4.6 (235 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,485 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2019
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This course includes
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 5 articles
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will learn the fundamentals of music production
  • How to record and edit your audio tracks
  • How to record and edit your MIDI tracks
  • Adding Effects and Mixing your songs
  • Mastering and Finalizing your songs
Requirements
  • Some basic music skills, such as understanding different instruments and what they sound like
  • A computer to run the music software (DAW)
Description

Your Essential Guide to Music Production
This course is all about teaching you the Essentials of Music Production. With all the music software choices out there, its very easy to get a bit overwhelmed with what to choose and how to use it. Well, the good news is that all the Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) out there on the market do the same thing. They allow you to record your musical ideas in, and then edit and mix them to get your songs sounding great!

We want to help minimize this learning curve and show you how to get your musical ideas into your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), and then how to use the tools in the software to edit, mix and master your music

You will gain from 30 Years of Experience

The two instructors of this course (Gary Hiebner and Mikael Baggström) will share from the experience and knowledge they gained from all their years composing and producing music, which in total is well over 30 years. And together they have created this Essentials Guide on how you can improve your Music Productions.

You will learn the following:

  • Recording and Editing your Audio
  • Recording and Editing your MIDI
  • How to use effects to improve your music productions
  • Learning to mix your songs like a Pro!
  • How to master and finalize your songs so that they compare to other commercial releases


What You'll Get From This Course:

  • Step-by step instructions on how to get started with your DAW, and how to get your audio and MIDI ideas into the computer
  • Easy to follow instructions that can be carried across to whatever DAW you are working in 
  • Tips & Tricks from an experience composer and sound designer 
  • Suitable for beginners and pros alike


Course Goals:

At the end of this course you’ll be able to find your way around your DAW, and know how to record to your audio and MIDI tracks. Plus, you'll know how to add and edit effects to help improve your mix and mastering of your songs. We have also added in a bonus section on how to even build up your own DAW template so that you can get into your music productions even faster!




Who this course is for:
  • This course is aimed at beginner to intermediate music makes are artists that want to learn how to record, edit and mix their own songs
  • Music Makers and Artists with basic music production skills that want to improve them
  • Music Composers, Producers, Beatmakers, Songwriters and anyone making music
Course content
Expand all 93 lectures 07:52:33
+ Introduction to Music Production
8 lectures 31:56

In this video the instructors introduce themselves and what they will be covering in this course

Preview 02:49

Gary shows you his workflow in his studio. You'll get a  look over his shoulder on how he produces his tracks. And you'll get some tips and tricks you can apply in your own music productions

Preview 05:05

This video will go through the basic music hardware and software you'll need to get started

Music Setup Guide
05:10

Gary and Mike take a walkthrough their own studio setups and what they use for their music productions.

Gary's & Mike's Studio Setups
07:26

Mike shares his top 5 tips for Music Producers.

Mike's 5 Top Tips for Music Producers
06:16

Gary's shares with you his top 5 music production tips.

Gary's Top 5 Tips for Music Production
03:10

Your Bonus PDF Quick Guide to help you setup your own Home Music Studio. 

Your Bonus: Home Music Studio Guide
00:31

Congratulations for getting this far in the course. It means you are indeed an action taker, and take learning seriously. Now, I am a huge believer in learning by doing. So I want to recommend you, to not rush through this course too fast. Instead, take a moment now, to reflect on what you have learned so far. And then take action, to start implementing your new knowledge. It can be as easy as writing a list with key points and principles you have learned. And also, writing a list of action items you intend to start doing, right after this course.

Congratulations + Your Next Action
01:29
+ Audio Recording
6 lectures 29:47

This video gives you an introduction to audio recording and how it all works getting audio into your DAW on your computer

Preview 04:15

This video shows you how to set up your audio tracks for audio recording. Especially monitoring the levels so you don't clip the audio

Setting Up Your Tracks
06:12
Recording Audio to a Track
06:35

The punch-in recording feature is explored in this video and how it can help add in edits to your audio

Using Punch-In Recording
03:34

This video explores how you you can record multiple takes in your DAW, plus how to use audio comping to get the best composite part of your recording.

Using Multiple Takes and Audio Comping
06:16

This video will show you how you can record to multiple tracks at the same time, by setting up the inputs on your audio interface and setting up the inputs on your DAW.

Recording to Multiple Tracks
02:55
+ MIDI Recording
8 lectures 26:58

In this video you will learn about MIDI, and how it is used it in Music Production.

Preview 04:09

In this video you will learn how to record MIDI into your music production software.

MIDI Recording in Practice
04:11

In this video I will do a live demonstrations of recording MIDI in a DAW Project, using the MIDI file import method.

Live Demo 1 - MIDI File Import Method
03:29

In this video I will do a live demonstration of recording MIDI, using a MIDI Keyboard. I will specifically be creating a bassline.

Live Demo 2 - MIDI Keyboard Recording
04:40

In this video I will do a live demonstration of recording MIDI using the mouse method to manually write in the notes.I will specifically be creating a drum beat.

Live Demo 3 - Writing MIDI with the Mouse
04:52

In this video you will get some bonus tips for MIDI Recording, that you can use to improve your workflow in music production.

Mike's Bonus Tips on MIDI Recording
03:02

Now it's time for you to take action, which is always the best way to learn. Your project is to use the methods for MIDI recording you have learned, to record and create a short 8 bar track: with drums, a chord progression and a bassline.

Your Project for MIDI Recording
02:15

Special Bonus Gift for you: My MIDI Chord Bank.

Your Bonus Gift: MIDI Chord Bank
00:20
+ Audio Editing
7 lectures 31:07

This video covers why we edit our audio, and why it is important

Preview 01:11

Its important to understand the different audio terminology used like tracks, regions and regions, etc...

Audio Editing Terminology
03:12

Gary explains how the grid works in a DAW, and how you can use snap settings to align your audio to the grid.

Using the Grid and Snapping
05:50

Gary goes over the different types of audio tools available in your DAW

The Audio Editing Tools
06:11

In this video Gary explains how fades work in audio production and how you can use them.

Using Fades on your Audio
05:19

The Audio Editor is a helpful tool to apply other audio editor functions on your audio parts. Gary explores what you can do with an Audio Editor.

Using the Audio Editor
03:15

Gary gives you some extra audio editing tips and tricks you can apply on your audio in your productions.

Extra Audio Editing Tips
06:09
+ MIDI Editing
7 lectures 37:02

In this video you will learn about MIDI Editing, and how it is used it in Music Production.

Preview 02:45

In this video I will do some live demonstrations of editing MIDI in various ways. Let's begin.

MIDI Editing in Practice
04:45
Live Demo 1 - Editing the Drums
08:43

In this video I will do a live demo of MIDI Editing in a real music production project. Specifically I will be editing the MIDI on the Bass Track.

Live Demo 2 - Editing the Bass
05:58
Live Demo 3 - Editing the Chord Track
09:13

Mike shares his Bonus Tips on MIDI Editing.

Mike's Bonus Tips on MIDI Editing
03:57

Now it's time for you to take action, which is always the best way to learn. Your project is to use several MIDI editing features to add interest and variation to a project in order to make the track have more character.

Your Project on MIDI Editing
01:41
+ Learn the EQ Effect
5 lectures 28:16

In this video you are going to learn the basics of how the EQ Effect works in music production. The EQ, which is short for equalizer, is a staple effect in music production. It is often used on every single track in a project, to various degrees. So you really need to learn how it works, and how to use it practically to shape your sounds, and polish your productions.

Preview 05:26

In this video you will learn how to setup, and apply the EQ Effect in Practice on any track in your music production project. You will also get practical demoes of using both a Band EQ as well as a Parametric EQ.

EQ in Practice
07:29

In this video I will do a live demonstration of the EQ Effect in Practice in your music production. Let's begin!

Live Demo on EQing
09:40

In this video I'm going to share some of my best tips on using the EQ effect to improve your mixes and track separation for your music productions. Here we go!

Mike's Bonus Tips on EQ
03:55

Now it's time for you to take action, which is always the best way to learn. Your project is to record a track in your DAW. Why a vocal track specifically? Because our ears are trained through history to hear all details of the human voice. This means you will be able to hear how the EQ affects the sound.

Your Project on the EQ Effect
01:46
+ Learn Compression
6 lectures 25:36

The compression processor is explained and why it is important in music productions

Preview 01:20

Dynamic Range is an important concept to understand before getting into compression. Gary shows you what exactly dynamic range is, and why it's important to maintain.

Dynamic Range
02:31

Gary's goes through the different parameters you'll find on a compressor unit.

Using the Compression Parameters
07:56

Gary gives a live demo on how to use a compressor on a Drum Kick track. You'll see how to use the different parameters and how they work on different audio source material

Compression in Action - Live Kick Demo
04:50

Gary gives another live demo, and this time on how to use a compressor on guitar tracks.You'll see how to use the different parameters and how they work on different audio source material

Compression in Action - Live Guitar Demo
04:17

Where you place the compressor in your signal chain can change how it sounds and works. Gary shows you the different signal chain routings for compressors.

Compression Routing
04:42
+ Reverb Effect
5 lectures 24:58

The Reverb Effect is one of the most used in music production. So what does reverb actually do, and how can you use it in your music?

Preview 04:04

In this video you will learn how to apply reverb to a track, and also how to use, and choose, different styles of reverb on the tracks in your music.

Reverb in Practice
09:31

In this video I will do a live demonstration of using reverb on a track. Let's begin.

So I will be demonstrating this in a DAW called Reason, because it has a very visual hardware style mixer and workflow, as you can see here. 

Live Demo on Reverb
06:29

You will now get some bonus tips on using Reverb, based on my own personal experience of music production. Here we go!

Mike's Bonus Tips on Reverb
03:22

Alright. Now it's time for you to take action, which is always the best way to learn. Your project is to create a short piece of music, and add Reverb to the tracks in it.

Your Project on Reverb
01:32
+ Delay Effect
5 lectures 27:05

Here you will get an introduction to the Delay (Echo) effect. How it works, and how you use it in music production.

Preview 04:17

Now I will show you how to use the Delay Effect in practice.

The Delay Effect in Practice
12:15

This is a Live Demonstration Video where I add a Delay Effect and use it on a track.

Live Demo on using the Delay Effect
06:34

My bonus tips on using the Delay Effect, based on my personal experience in music production.

Mike's Bonus Tips on Delay
02:47

Your project for learning the delay effect, by practicing what you learned.

Your Project on the Delay Effect
01:12
+ Distortion Effect
5 lectures 26:52

Gary gives you a brief introduction on Distortion and how its used in music productions

Preview 01:20

Gary goes into more detail on what exactly Distortion is and how it alters your audio when applied

What is Distortion?
04:27

This video covers the different distortion types you have available in your DAWs

Types of Distortion
08:50

Gary gives a live demo on how he uses distortion on a guitar track

Live Demo 1 - With Guitars
08:18

This live demo takes a look at how using other effects with distortion can really add some interest to your music productions.

Live Demo 2 - Distortion with Other Effects
03:57