Music Production Course – Foundation

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The Music Production Foundation Course is our ‘entry level’ program taking you through the whole sound recording, mixing and music production process. Here you will get to learn about the different equipment used in a music production studio, and acquire a good basic knowledge so that by the end of the music production foundation course you will know what equipment to find in an audio recording studio and understand how it is used to achieve the final stereo mix-down.

We start out by looking at analog equipment, in other words ‘real’ hardware, and then move over to digital hardware and software. It is good to get an understanding on how the original hardware works as the software design and terminology is based on hardware. Also many artists have reverted back to using hardware as they like the ‘warm’ analog sound that it produces.

What is covered on the Music Production Course?

  • The music production course provides a comprehensive and concise step by step introduction covering all aspects of sound recording and music technology – what it all is, and how to use it.
  • You will work together as a group and put a track together so that by the end of the course you will collectively have completed an original recording project. Don’t worry, this is not a musical ability test, but a practical way of showing you how all the equipment works together, and you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.
  • The workshops are informal and involve interacting with others and the course leader as well as practicing on the equipment available. Each session includes all necessary theory needed to give you a good understanding of the equipment. You then cement this knowledge by using this equipment yourself during the practical part of the session. All relevant information packs are provided during every session for you to keep so you can refer to everything you have covered at a later date.
  • You will be asked to bring in music of either your own material or commercial music for the rest of the class to analyze, from a production point of view only, and NOT musical ability.
  • At the end of the course participants are able to analyze productions on most recordings, as well as being conversant with recording studio equipment and have acquired skills and techniques in your use for recording and production.
  • Text books relevant to the courses are available at a reduced price.

Some of the Areas Covered by the Music Production Course – Foundation Level

Microphone techniques, Use of the Patch Bay, M.I.D.I., Setting up recording studios, Acoustics, Recording procedures, Production techniques, Signal flow, Multitrack recording, Mixing techniques, Equalisation techniques, Metering, Sampling, Synthesisers, Reverberation, Digital delays, Sequencing (CUBASE), S.M.P.T.E. synchronisation, Compression, noise gates & Digital vs Analog Formats.

The Music Production Course is limited to a maximum of 5 people.

Once you have completed the Music Production Course – Foundation. You will receive a Music Technology Certificate or Sound Engineering & Recording Foundation Certificate by mail.

The course duration is either 8 consecutive Tuesdays from 14:00 to 17:00 or 19:00 to 22:00 hrs or 4 alternate Saturdays from 11:00 to 17:30 hrs.

Shift Workers

If you are a shift worker and can not commit to the same time or day each week – no problems- you can change your class days or times at will. For instance you can do one Tuesday from 14:00 to 17:00 and the next one from 19:00 to 22:00. You can even do the Saturday instead of a Tuesday. All for the same price.

The entire course is £330. Individual 3 hour classes are £75 each.

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Music Production Course – Foundation