CERTIFICATE COURSE IN MUSIC PRODUCTION - 4 Months

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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 in a structured curriculum with hands on learning in a classroom environment.  This short-term course will take you through all the important techniques, strategies and aesthetic choices required to unlock the secrets behind music arrangement and impart the skills to help you produce professional sounding music on a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

This course will be beneficial to:

Budding music producers who want to get an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of creating music in a DAW

  • People who have some interest or background in playing music but want to take the next step towards acquiring skills related to music production
  • Songwriters who want to learn how to make a complete track from start to finish
  • Musicians who want to expand their career opportunities in the industry
OVERVIEW

This is a basic to an intermediate level short-term 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 and teach you all the fundamentals of music production. With an exposure to Audio Engineering this course now offers more time in the studio learning the fundamentals of audio engineering, recording and mixing. 

Through compact and intensive 4-month weekend course you will learn all the ins and outs of how to operate the software and use it to create complete music tracks as well as learn the different nuances and production techniques used by the professionals (ultimately encouraging you to experiment and find your own way of doing things).

At 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 and projects will ensure that at each stage you are ‘learning by doing’. You will also experience real-world scenarios faced by producers and composers like creating music for advertisements and scoring for films.

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

FAQ
Is the institute recognised?
We are an independent, non governmental, not for profit organization affiliated to Sri Aurobindo Society, headquartered at Puducherry
What kind of jobs are available after the course. Do we get placed?
This course offers a holistic coverage on all subjects related to music production. It allows you to gain exposure to various aspects of music production such as programming, arranging and mixing. You can choose to continue to make music, or decide upon what is it that you would like to learn more about, coupled with your prior music making work experience. You do get an opportunity to meet practising professionals via your course and the responsibility to take the relationship forward remains with you.
How much does one earn after doing the course?
The sky is the limit!
Is there a minimum age to apply?
16
No science in school/ music background can I still do the course. I love music
Yes
What are my chances of getting in?
The meetings during the admissions process are purely to help you make the right decisions and are not designed to eliminate.
Can’t we pay in Installments?
If you have an issue in a straight up-front payment please reach out and let us know. We only consider payment in installments on a case-case basis.
Do you offer scholarship?
We are unable to offer scholarship at present, being a non governmental, not for profit organization.
What are the modes of payment?
Cheque/Demand Draft/Netbanking
Is there any other expenditure excluding fee?
No
Is buying a MAC compulsory? I have a windows laptop.
No, windows laptop is acceptable.
What are the class timings?
11 am - 2 pm on Saturdays & Sundays
Are there Faculty other than mentioned on the website to teach us?
Yes. You may have industry guests for reviews, interactive sessions and workshops
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 12 Duration 4 months (approx), 100 hours Saturdays & Sundays, 11:00am to 2:00pm Fees
  • Registration Fee: INR 1200/-
  • Course Fee: INR 95,000/- + Applicable  GST
  • Click here to download admission form (Fill in all the sections of the form accurately, scan it and email it to [email protected])

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