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Introduction to Music Production Masterclass

via Skillshare


Welcome to the Introduction to Music Production Masterclass!

This course is "5-Star Certified" by the International Association of Online Music Educators and Institutions (IAOMEI). This course has been independently reviewed by a panel of experts and has received a stellar 5-star rating.

100% Answer Rate!
Every single question posted to this class is answered within 24 hours by the instructor.

This class is for anyone who has wondered what music production is all about. Especially:

  • Aspiring Producers: If you are just getting started with music production, this course will be the swiss army knife that you will keep in your belt forever.

  • Musicians: If you have wanted to improve your compositions by understanding the tools of electronic music production, recording, and sound design work, this class is for you.

  • Producers: If you are making tracks that rely on presets, and want to learn how to craft your own sounds, this is the course for you.

  • Songwriters: Improve your compositions by understanding how to use the latest tools in your songs, and record them!

In this class, we start with the very basics: What kinds of tools do I need to produce music? We explore the various tools, then we start to learn how to use them for making professional music. By the end of this class, you will be making your own tracks on your own computer (no matter if it is a mac or a pc!)

This course follows the tried-and-true curriculum that I've used for my Music Technology 101 class at my university position. I'm excited to be able to make it available to you, at 0.001% of the cost of a University class.

The goal of this class is for you to learn how to make original music on the tools you already have, or can get access to inexpensively.

This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.

I'll be using Ableton Live Suite 10 and 11 in this course as my main DAW, but if you are using any other program you will be able to follow along just fine. That includes Logic, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reaper, Reason, Cubase, or any of the others. My method in this class is to teach concepts, so whatever I do, you will be able to do it in your own software.

I'm best known for working with electronic music, but I've designed this course to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to genre. We will talk about techniques for all genres, sounds, and styles. All genres are welcome here!

Topics Covered: 

  • The Essentials of Digital Audio

  • Equipment: Mac or PC?

  • Laptop or Desktop?

  • Speakers or Headphones?

  • All about Microphones

  • What software should you get?

  • How all DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Software works

  • Building tracks using the grid

  • How to read an audio waveform

  • Programming drums and making beats

  • Using audio samples for producing music

  • Sample Rate and Bit Rate

  • Using MIDI

  • MIDI Guitars and other Instruments

  • MIDI Effects

  • Automation

  • Working with Loops

  • Finding Loops (for free!)

  • Synthesis

  • Sound Design

  • Synthesis types (analog, modular synthesis, physical modeling, Serum, and more)

  • Using Samplers

  • Building Tracks from Scratch

  • And much, much more!

If you are ready to start making professional-sounding tracks, this is the class that will start you on that journey. Get started today.

Dr. Allen is a university music professor and is a top-rated instructor - with over 100 courses and over 350,000 students.

In 2017 Star Tribune Business featured him as a "Mover and a Shaker," and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 


  • Introduction
  • What We Will Cover
  • What is an Ableton Certified Trainer?
  • How to Use This Class
  • Analog Audio
  • The Oldest Known Recording of a Human
  • Edison
  • Bell Labs and Max Mathews
  • Advances Since Mathews
  • The Difference Between Analog and Digital
  • Mac or PC?
  • Laptop or Desktop?
  • The ADC and the DAC
  • The Audio Interface
  • Speakers or Headphones?
  • Microphones
  • External Hard Drives
  • My Setup at Home
  • What is a DAW?
  • What to look for in a DAW
  • A Highly Opinionated List of Common DAWs
  • For the Money...
  • The 4 Sections in Every DAW
  • The Timeline
  • The Mixer
  • The Effects Section
  • The Transport
  • Nearly Universal Key Commands
  • Care and Feeding of Your DAW
  • What is the Grid?
  • Horizontal = Time
  • Vertical = Tracks
  • How DAWs Handle Meter
  • Vocabulary: Downbeats, Upbeats, and Offbeats
  • Elements of the Beat: Kick, Snare, Hi Hats
  • Building the Worlds Most Basic Beat
  • Placing the Kick
  • Placing the Snare
  • Placing the Hi Hats
  • Having Fun with Hi Hats
  • Looping and Consolidating
  • Audio is Finicky.
  • Looking at Waveforms
  • Sine Waves
  • Clipping
  • File Formats
  • The Sample Rate
  • The Nyquist Theorem
  • What Frequencies Do We Really Need?
  • The Bit Rate
  • Standards for Sample Rate and Bit Rate
  • The Dawn of Electronic Instruments
  • The Theremin
  • What Happened to Leon?
  • The Moog
  • Wendy Carlos
  • What Happened in 1981
  • The MIDI 1.0 Spec is Born
  • MIDI Instruments Today
  • 61 OtherUsesOfMIDI
  • 62 MIDIisAProtocol
  • 63 MIDIisNotAudio
  • 64 MIDIChannels
  • 65 AnatomyOfAMIDIMessage
  • 66 NoteOnErrors
  • 67 VelocityTracing
  • 68 AdvantagesOfMIDI
  • 69 AdjustingNotes
  • 70 WhatAreMIDIEffects
  • 71 Arpeggiator
  • 72 Chord
  • 73 NoteEcho
  • 74 NoteLength
  • 75 Pitch
  • 76 Random
  • 77 Scale
  • 78 Quantizing
  • 79 AudioEffectsOnMIDITracks
  • 80 PrintingMIDITracks
  • 82 MIDIAndAudioAreFriends
  • 83 VelocityEditing
  • 84 Automation
  • 85 PanningAutomation
  • 86 BinaryAutomation
  • 87 AudioEffectAutomation
  • 88 MIDIEffectAutomation
  • 89 TempoAutomation
  • 90 AutomatingAnything
  • 91 WalkthroughOfAWholeTrack
  • 92 FindingLoops
  • 93 FileTypes
  • 94 AutomaticallyWarpingTracks
  • 95 FixingAPoorlyWarpedTrack
  • 96 LetsDoThatAgain
  • 97 Transients
  • 98 BreakingALoopForFun
  • 99 FlatteningLoops
  • 100 StackingLoops
  • Bonus Lecture

Taught by

Jason Allen


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