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N-IMP18: Introduction to Digital Music production

N-IMP18: Introduction to Digital Music Production
COURSE INFORMATIONCURRICILUM LAYOUT

OVERVIEW

This 12-week Introduction to Digital Music Production skills programme provides the learner with an all-inclusive overview of creative music production in various music genres.

The music production processes are dealt with in a structured and comprehensive way - resulting in a final musical production upon completion of the course. The main software used for the course is Cubase Pro and Reason, and all material covered will translate to other music production software platforms.

The course focuses on creative aspects of music production including basic audio recording, MIDI sequencing and programming, applied music theory, arranging techniques, and mixing.

In addition to these, a range of music genres, production techniques, and industry standard software are dealt with in a practical and hands on way.

This course is ideal for people who want to pursue a career in music production with or without music knowledge or a National Matric Certificate.

The successfull completion of this course will allow you  register to study the advanced music production skills program.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

No existing knowledge and experience or working on any music DAW is required.

This course is ideal for people who wants to start their career in the music industry as a music producer or studio engineer withouth the neccessary entry requirements of the qualification courses.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

   Computer Literacy
   English Language aptitude: speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.

RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS:

   A Passion for music.
   Diligence, punctuality and dedication
   An Inquisitive attitude
 

ABOUT CLASSES

This course allows for only 16 students per intake to secure maximum contact with the students. Each student will work on a dedicated DAW workstation during the course. Classes consist of practical hand's-on class exercises, demonstrations and assignments.

   Full time classes are presented over 12 weeks on Saturdays from 9:00 till 13:30.
   Part time classes are presented over 12 weeks on Monday and Wednesday Evenings from 18:30 till 20:30.
 

TEXTBOOKS

The prescribed course textbooks are not included in the course fee. All other course notes and material are included.

SOFTWARE

The course is presented but (not limited) on the latest version of Cubase Digital Audio Workstation Software.

In order to work remotely as well, it is recommended that students obtain their own licenses of the primary software platforms.

HARDWARE

Everything you need to successfully complete the course is provided for on Campus during your sessions.

All enrolled students can book and use the Institution's fully equipped studios and practice room to complete their practical projects during the course.

If you want to gain more experience in music technology, excel at the software used in the course and be able to complete assessment tasks remotely, it is strongly recommended that you have access to your own DAW setup.

Registered students qualify for up to 50% student discount on software and hardware.

WEEK: One

Introduction to Music Technology
Personnel Involved in Music Production
Music Production Process
Instruments found in Modern Music Production
Introduction to Cubase
Basics of Digital Audio
Digital Audio Setup
The Project Window
The Toolbar
The Track List
The Inspector
Saving a Project

WEEK: Two

The Transport Panel
Create a Track
Setting the Tempo and Time Signature
The Beat Calculator
Drum Kit Overview
The Drum Editor
Overview of Groove Agent SE
Sequencing Drum Tracks
Typical Drum Patterns for Genres
Typical Intro, Fill and Build Patterns

WEEK: Three

Introduction to Music Theory
Overview of the Musical Elements
The Note Length
Measures and Time Signature
Note Names
Notes on the Staff
Key Signatures
Music Scales
Sequencing Bass
Introduction To Harmony
Introduction to Chord Progressions
Typical Bass Patterns according to Genre
Continuing with Drum Sequencing

WEEK: Four

Recording MIDI
Instrument Track and MIDI Tracks
The Piano Roll
Creating a short Piece
Sequencing Drums, Bass and Pads
VST Instrument Overview
Sequencing melodies
Quantization Overview

WEEK: Five

Audio Setup
VST Connections Window
Audio Lanes
Track Versions
Gain Structure
Recording Modes
Practical Recording
Introduction to the Mixconsole

WEEK: Six

Audio Editing Tools
Audio Editing Techniques
Cross Fade Dialog
Importing Audio
Practical Audio Editing

WEEK: Seven

Sample Editor
VariAudio Overview
Pitch Correction
Time Streching
Pitch Shifting
Replacing Drum Sounds
Quantizing Audio
Reversing and other offline processing

WEEK: Eight

Song Construction
Arranging Parts
Arranger Track
Marker Window
Chords
Chord Assistant
Chord Pad Zone
Creating Chord Progressions

WEEK: Nine

Introduction to the Mixconsole
The Fader Section
Channel Racks
Customizing the Mixconsole
VCA Faders
Group Channels
Send Effects
Automation

WEEK: Ten

Overview of Effect Types
Equalizer Section
Channel Strip
Insert Effects
Pre and Post fader
Creating and saving a custom effects change
The Toolbar

WEEK: Eleven

Introduction to Mixing
Practical Using Channel Strip
Practical Using Equalizer
Practical Using Automation
Mixing to Create the Final Song
Exporting
File Types

WEEK: Twelve

Theoretical Exam
Practical Exam

 

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