Music Production Training FAQ
The Average Home Computer Music Studio today is far advanced than the setup that was used to record the Beatles Abbey Road!
Is this Music Production Workshop For Me?
Please remember that we are not trying to create sound engineers who can find employment in sound recording studios and in the television and film business. Instead we are specifically teaching you how to convert a song in your head into a finished song that can be played on the radio or shared with the world! We are aiming to create music artists who will become the future of the Indian Indie Music Scene. So please come for our course only and only if you want to become a music producer. If you want to learn background scoring please look at other institutes or try and find an internship in a sound recording studio.
Why Do I need to learn Music Theory First?
With the advancing development of digital technology, today’s aspiring electronic music producers enjoy a huge amount of creative freedom. For a cost that seemed unimaginable 10 years ago, electronic music producers now can set up studios in their own homes and produce highly accomplished soundtracks. So professional are some of the tracks that can be produced on a home computer that they can literally be sent straight to the record company for final mastering.
This has led to a boom of both interest and creativity in the areas of music production. Many independent artists are now producing their own unique music independent of market-led forces. The development of the internet and social media further enables an aspiring music composer to upload their tracks to a potential audience of millions. The degree of freedom such producers now enjoy is clearly unparalleled.
But one of the downsides to this freedom is a glut of music that just doesnt cut the grade in terms of sound quality compared to analog recordings of yesteryear. Previously, music had to attract the attention of a record label or a radio station to get heard. To do so, it probably had to be music of a high standard in terms of both its originality and its saleability. Now anybody can post music online, even if they are just starting out. In some ways this can be useful, because feedback obtained from listeners enables a musician to make improvements. But it also means that there is a lot of bad music out there! One of the biggest mistakes would-be producers make is believing that by carefully listening to and studying their genre, they can acquire all of the knowledge necessary to be a successful producer. This knowledge can certainly get them a long way toward that point. But sometimes it simply is not enough.
Producers need other kinds of knowledge, such as knowledge of how music works as a language. It is no good writing an effective bass line, lead, and pads, for example, if they are all in different keys! The result is chaotic and unpleasant to listen to. Yet this is a common mistake that is heard over and over again. The student’s knowledge of the genre is unsurpassed, but the final result falls down because, in purely musical terms, the producer doesn’t really know what he is doing. Beneath all of the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie certain fundamentals of the musical language that are exactly the same no matter what kind of music you write. It is very important to acquire an understanding of these fundamentals if you are to develop as a music producer. Put simply, you need to know what you are doing with regard to the music that you are writing.
We would strongly suggest reading Michael Hewitt's book -Music Theory for Computer Musicians if you want to get introduced to the mesmerizing world of music production on a computer. The book can be purchased from the below link -
What is the software that I will be learning on?
Most softwares these days are all alike bar a few controls and features. We will be starting you off with Steinberg's Cubase - a highly intuitive and advanced industry standard music production DAW that is a sister product of another highly popular DAW Nuendo. Since most studios in India are PC based and most of recording studios these days work with Nuendo it will be far easier for you to take your files to a studio for mixing and mastering later if need be.
What is the Music Production Course all about?
The Music Production Course is an ‘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 basic knowledge of using the controls to get the sound that you want so that by the end of the music production course you will know the intricacies of a track and understand how to achieve a final stereo mix-down and mastering your mix down to achieve an industry level sound quality and "loudness" ratio.
What is Covered in 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.
- Right from day one, our course is geared to help you create a song! 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. Which is why we insist that a basic understanding of the language of music theory is paramount if you want to be a good music producer.
- 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 can then cement this knowledge by using this equipment yourself during the practical part of the session. All perticipants are strongly advised to set up a decent recording set up at their homes because getting better is all about practice, practice & practice.
- 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 own use for recording and production.
- Additional Softwares relevant to music production such as VST's and plugins are available at a reduced price. Learn more our course here - http://www.leveljam.com/music-production-training-faq/music-programming-course-details/
Can you Be More Specific About the course?
Well we will introduce you to Microphone techniques, Use of the Patch Bay, M.I.D.I., Setting up your own home recording studio, Recording procedures, Production techniques, Signal flow, Multi-track recording, Mixing techniques, Equalisation techniques, Metering, Sampling, Synthesisers, using Reverb, using Digital delays, Layering & Sequencing your tracks on Cubase, using FX and Mastering tools such as Compressor, Limiters, etc. Learn more our course here - http://www.leveljam.com/music-production-training-faq/music-programming-course-details/
How Many Students are there in a batch?
The Music Production Course is only one-on-one! Can you listen to two pieces of music at the same time?! Any institute which teaches more than one student at one time is only in the business of making money off the student and his parent!
What are the Course Timings?
The timings are structured flexibly according to the needs of each student.
How many sessions am I effectively paying for?
For the Music Production Course you will have to undergo around 15 sessions of two hours each spread out over a period of 2 months. The same course can also be condensed within one month if the student so desires.
What is the Course Fee?
Learn more our course and course fees here - http://www.leveljam.com/music-production-training-faq/music-programming-course-details/