CERTIFICATE COURSE IN MUSIC PRODUCTION - 4 Months

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We live in the DIY age. With advancements in technologies, opportunities once thought too inaccessible are now just a click of the mouse away. The field of music has been deeply affected by this evolution. There are countless successful music producers who have honed and perfected their craft sitting at home, working on their laptops. In India there is a growing demand and a growing market for music professionals to work in the ever expanding media and entertainment industry. There has also been a massive growth of online platforms and social media to showcase one’s music. We are seeing more and more young people becoming Electronic Music Producers, DJ’s and song writers. More musicians are making a living out of arranging, producing and programming music for advertisements, films, documentaries and a host of other platforms. Unlike audio engineering and the performance arts, the tools and skill set required to hit the ground running in this field are not yet easily available and most professionals are self taught. This course aims at taking a budding musician or music lover through all the important techniques, strategies and aesthetic choices required to produce professional sounding music on a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Moreover the carefully designed curriculum also aims at educating the student to the different specialisations and avenues available to a music producer to make a career in this field.

This course will be beneficial to:

  • Budding music producers who have dabbled with softwares but want to get a more in depth understanding of the craft of and strengthen their fundamentals
  • People who have some interest or back ground in playing music but want to take the next step towards acquiring skills related to music production
  • Musicians who want to expand their career opportunities in the industry
  • Music enthusiasts who don’t play any instrument but want to make music
OVERVIEW

This is a basic to intermediate level course that trains the student in composing and producing music in Logic Pro X {though the fundamentals can apply to any other Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)}. Whether your final goal is to be an electronic music producer, film composer, programmer, and arranger or even to be a ‘bedroom producer’ – this is the course that will set you off on your journey.

Through this course you will learn all the ins and outs (no pun intended) of how to operate the software and use it to make your own music as well as learn the different nuances and production techniques used by the professionals.

A unique curriculum will teach you not only the fundamental technical aspects related to music production, but also give you an insight into the aesthetic choices made by music producers, ultimately encouraging you to experiment and find your own way of doing things. In SACAC’s newly designed Production Lab, each student will have his/her own workstation (an I Mac computer and a MIDI keyboard) and well-designed exercises will always ensure that at each stage you are ‘learning by doing’.

Carefully designed assignments and projects will re-create real world scenarios faced by producers and composers like creating music for advertisements, or producing commercial tracks meant for the dance floor. Guest lectures and workshops with professionals from the industry will further enrich the perspective and knowledge of the students.

CURRICULUM
PRE – COURSE MODULES

A. Musicality
  • A general music appreciation of different genres, the workings of different instruments.
  • Rhythm
  • Melody and Harmony


B. Intro to Mac Computers
Main Course
  1. Fundamentals of Sound
    • Fundamentals of sound – how sound waves work.
    • Frequency, amplitude
  2. The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Intro to Logic Pro X
    • What is a DAW
    • Intro to Logic (layout, navigation, operation, editing in logic pro X)
    • Creating a new project, saving a project, templates
    • Apple Loops
  3. Signal Flow and the mixer
    • What is an analog audio signal
    • The different sources for an audio signal
    • The Mixer and Channel Strips (components, signal flow, output, buses and aux channels, sends, grouping)
  4. MIDI Part 1 (Intro to MIDI)
    • What is MIDI?
    • Setting up your MIDI Keyboard
    • Logic’s MIDI instruments
    • Recording techniques
    • Quantizing
  5. MIDI Part 2 (Programming, Editing, Beat Making)
    • Editing / Programming Midi in logics different editors
    • Beat Making – the different approaches and nuances of different genres
    • Some advanced approaches and nuances of programming midi for different types of instruments
    • A brief look at Logic Drum Machine Designer and Logic Drummer
    • A brief look at External MIDI operations using hardware synths
    • Subtractive Synthesis Part 1 (Oscillators, Filters)
      • What is a synthesizer?
      • Intro to Subtractive Synthesis and their components and architecture using the ES1 / RETRO SYNTH
      • The Oscillator section
      • The Filter section
    • Subtractive Synthesis Part 2 (Envelopes and Modulation)
      • Envelopes – Explaining ADSR (Attack, Delay, Sustain, Release)
        • Amp Envelopes
        • Filter Envelopes
      • LFO’s
      • Advanced Modulation with the ES2
      • A brief look at FM, Wavetable and Sync on the retro synth
    • Controller mapping, automation
      • Controller Mapping in Logic
      • Smart Controls, Global Controls
      • Automation
        • Recording automation (the different modes)
        • Editing automation (using the tools to draw and edit automation)
    • Arrangement Exercises
      • Many ways to start a track
      • Building from the basic idea
      • Adding dynamism and interest to the arrangement through transitions, drops etc
      • Collaborating with other musicians (file swapping exercises)
    • Audio Recording (In the Studio)
      • Studio acoustics
      • The layout of the studio, cabling
      • Setting up to record, setting up the headphone mix
      • Mic recording
      • Line recording
    • Audio operations in the DAW + working with audio samples
      • Working with audio files
      • Audio operations (tempo and pitch operations, time stretching, flex audio
      • Working with audio samples (Building musical arrangements using only audio samples)
    • Intro to Sampling : Sampler Instruments
      • How sampler instruments work
      • First look at the EXS24 sampler synth
      • Creating a sampler instrument on the EXS24
      • A brief look at some of the popular sampler plug ins in the industry : Kontakt etc
    • Creative Sampling, Re-Mixing
      • The technique of sampling as a way of making music – its history and role in genres like Hip Hop (the amen break etc)
      • Slicing
      • Getting more abstract with sampling
      • Re-mixing : re-mixing using sampling techniques
    • Mixing Part 1 : Setting up for the Mix
      • Organising your project, preparing for mix stage
      • Some insights into process and workflow of producers towards the mix stage
    • Mixing Part 2 : Equalisation and Filtering (EQ)
      • A deeper look at the frequency characteristics of sound (fundamental, overtones etc)
      • The human ear and the listening curve
      • What is an EQ?
      • Different Types of EQ
      • EQ Strategies
      • Healthy EQ habits
    • Mixing Part 3 : Effects and how to use them
      • Reverb
      • Delay
      • Modulation fx
      • Some tips and rules for using effects
      1. Mixing Part 4 : Dynamic Processing (Compressors, Limiters and Gates)
        • Dynamic range and human perception of ‘loudness’
        • Compressors
        • Compression strategies
        • Limiters
        • Gates
      2. Overview of mixing + advanced production techniques
      3. Course Review
      FINAL PROJECT
ELIGIBILITY

Eligibility

  • Age: 16+ year

Attributes

  • Knowledge of basic computer operations
  • Interest in Music
  • A creative bent of mind
PROSPECTS

Develop an in depth understanding of Logic Pro X and the world of the DAW
• Compose, record and produce your own music
• Become adept at programming and editing
• Learn to build arrangements and turn your ideas into finished songs
• Get a deeper understanding of the art and science of mixing music

The skills acquired in this course are used by music industry professionals like:
• Music Directors
• Composers
• Arrangers
• Programmers and Sequencers
• Films Scorers

ADMISSION & FEE

Registration followed by submission of an application form, along with relevant documents, either in person at the SACAC office, through post or online. Post submission of application form, a one-o-one meeting will be scheduled with Mr. Abhishek Mathur (Course Designer & Facilitator).

Seats Not exceeding 10

Duration 4 months (approx), 100 hours Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00am to 2:00pm

Fees

  • Registration Fee: INR 2,000/-
  • Course Fee: INR 75,000/- + Applicable  Service Tax
  • Payment : In Installments

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