Digital Music Production - Creating Tomorrow's Hit Songs!
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Digital Music Production - Creating Tomorrow's Hit Songs!

For Musicians, Bands and Songwriters - produce your songs with the sound of the big Record Labels!
4.5 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
526 students enrolled
Created by Erik Schaepers
Last updated 2/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • Students need to have a DAW or sequencer like LogicPro, Cubase, Sonar or similar installed on their computer.

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.

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.
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
Let's get started !
2 Lectures 05:56

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.

Preview 01:30

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.

Getting Organized
The Rough Mix
2 Lectures 09:23

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

Preview 05:47

We add the Vocal tracks and finish the Rough Mix

Rough Mix - Vocals
Refining the Mix
4 Lectures 23:23

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

EQ - Using the Equalizer

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.

Preview 07:01

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

Reverb & Delay

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"

Studio legends - Delay
1 question

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.

Preview 02:24
Automating The Mix
3 Lectures 22:58

Learn how to use Automation on Volume levels and Pans

Basics of Automation

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.

Mix Down!
4 Lectures 13:13

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

Preview 02:19

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

Mastering - Do-it-yourself

Looking back on what we have done and achieved in this course. Techniques which are universal and can be applied to mixing and producing in any popular music genre.


Bonus Lecture - Spring Is Here DECONSTRUCTED
About the Instructor
Erik Schaepers
4.5 Average rating
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526 Students
1 Course
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".