This course will walk you through the basics of music theory, composition, working with MIDI, recording percussion and melodic material, working with loops, and track structure.
Students will be taught the learning skills necessary to continue developing on their own after completing the material, including keyboard fingering exercises, and how and where to find more information on advanced topics (such as mastering.) At the end of this course, students will have completed their own 2 minute track featuring all of these elements.
Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy and a passion for music
Required Materials: A laptop with a recent version of Ableton Live, Logic, Cakewalk Sonar, or NI Maschine (course is generally DAW agnostic - the instructors will work with what the student has, within reason.)
Recommended Materials: Any MIDI keyboard controller (a Korg Nano would suffice.) We can provide one if needed.
Classes will meet every Tuesday from 6:30-8:00pm
Class 1: April 2
Class 2: April 9
Class 3: April 16
Class 4: April 23
VoiceKeys II v2.0
Realtime Monophonic Audio to MIDI Converter
Realtime Monophonic Guitar To MIDI Converter
“”I’ve handed a lot of my equipment to younger engineers coming through,” explains Size, who at 38 can hardly be considered old. “I still have my Triton, which is very cool because you can manipulate everything and it has a big sound that I love. The Andromeda is also still here, because it has a very unique sound, and I have a couple of keyboards that I’ll never get rid of, among them the [Korg] MS20. But almost everything else is gone, and it’s now all in my Pro Tools library. All my Orbit kicks are in an Orbit file, and so on. All my vintage stuff is in front of me now, and I can access it at the press of a button. I now use [MOTU’s] MachFive, which is a great sampler, reminiscent of the S760, and I love Structure, the new Pro Tools sampler. I also really like Xpand!, another Pro Tools module. Other favourites are the Korg MS20 Legacy Cell plug-in and the SSL plug-ins. And Waves offer a perfect time-stretch plug-in. Ten years ago it would take me half an hour to time-stretch a vocal and it would still be wrong. In the Waves plug-in it takes five seconds and it’s perfect every time.”“
Drum'n'Bass patterns (MIDI, Reason, Kontakt)
Routing MIDI to Auto-Tune Evo in Ableton Live 8
Ableton Live Keyboard Stickers!
WOOOOOOOOOOO!! It’s time to OVERTHROW SOUND!! AGAIN!!!!
This time around the class was filled to capacity! We’re on a roll and so very glad to have so many students who want to be part of the revolution. Long gone are the days where you need an entire studio to produce professional-sounding music, all you need is your laptop!