Digital Music Production - Creating Tomorrow's Hit Songs!

For Musicians, Bands and Songwriters - produce your songs with the sound of the big Record Labels!
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Instructed by Erik Schaepers Music / Production
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Musicians, Bands and Songwriters - you will never again waste time and money on making "demo records" - you will make the final commercial product yourself! With this course, you are taking your musical destiny in your own hands.

All you need is a basic understanding of your digital audio workstation - Logic Pro, Cubase, Sonar or similar. In this course, you will work step by step through a real-world project, from a bunch of raw audio files that we are providing, to a shiny and polished production that sounds every bit as great as the hits on the radio.

The course has 15 lectures, each between 5 and ten minutes. Completing the course and replicating on your system all the examples shown, will take you around 6 hours.

What are the requirements?

  • Students need to have a DAW or sequencer like LogicPro, Cubase, Sonar or similar installed on their computer.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • produce their original music with the sound of the big Record Labels
  • use only their sequencer ( DAW) to produce real Records instead of demo recordings.

Who is the target audience?

  • Musicians, singer/songwriters, composers and band members. Music enthusiasts, aspiring producers and technology fans.
  • Those who have never used a sequencer or Digital Audio Workstation, please take a relevant basic course first.

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: Let's get started !

In the Intro lecture, Erik explains how the course is going to work: the students will work on a real-world production, with audio tracks provided as a downloadable archive by the end of the lecture.

This course is not about WATCHING music production techniques, but actually DOING them hands-on in real time with the course content.


We import the downloaded audio files and save the new project. We create a consistent pattern for naming and saving the project. Lastly, we organize the Arrange and the Mixer pages with a color scheme to stay on top of things even when working on very large projects.

Section 2: The Rough Mix

We start the actual production by making a "Rough Mix" of the Instrumental tracks, using only Volume and Pan


We add the Vocal tracks and finish the Rough Mix

Section 3: Refining the Mix

Learn how to use the EQ on vocals and instrument tracks. Use existing presets and customize your own settings.


Learn how to use Compression on Vocals, Drums and Instrumental Solos.

Use Presets and make your own Custom Presets on standard and multi-band compressors.


Learn how to set up Reverb and Delay Buses. Use these effects to create Depth and space in your Mix.

1 question

What is the name of the British producer who first used the Delay as a rhythmic-musical element?

Hint : the group he produced had the initials "PF"


We will look at the Mix as a 3-dimensional model, and listen to some exceptional examples highlighting the three dimensions: Stereo Field, Frequency Spectrum and Space/Time.

Section 4: Automating The Mix

Learn how to use Automation on Volume levels and Pans

Automating The Mix- Levels, Sends and Effects

We look at the different mixdown options and run out a first "bounce" of our Mix. Then we listen on different devices in real-world situations and decide what details in the Mix need to be improved. These improvements will be implemented in v.2 of our Mixdown. Repeat until all details are satisfying.

Section 5: Mastering

Understand the advantages of working with a third-party, professional Mastering Engineer


Creating a chain of plugins for "Do-it-Yourself Mastering"

Section 6: Bonus Section - reserved for students who completed the course

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Instructor Biography

Erik Schaepers, Composer / Producer with 20 years of experience

Studied classical music ( piano) since the age of eight.

Musicology (BA) from University of Munich.

I started commercial soundtrack production in 1993 on an Atari ST and a EPS 16+ sampler.

3 Certificates from Pointblank School in London: Electronic Trance Music composer / Electronic Mixing Engineer / Certified Remixer.

My company ES MUSIC registered in Switzerland, provides original soundtracks to clients such as NESTLE, the WHO (World Health Organization), the International Red Cross, NESCAFE and many other institutions for commercials and documentaries.

Original compositions for IATA :

NESTLE Creating Shared Value :


I am developing singer-composer Noah Arango. See my Udemy promo video for a sample of our joint composition "On The Moon".

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