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N-IMP18: Digital Music Production I

N-IMP18: Introduction to Digital Music Production


This 12-week Digital Music Production I 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 however 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.


DURATION | 12 Weeks
STARTING DATE | 02/03/2019


No existing knowledge and experience or working with a 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.


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


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


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.



 All other course notes and exercise material are included.


The course is presented with the latest version of Cubase Pro augmented by the latest version of Native Instruments Komplete 


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.





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


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


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
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


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
File Types

WEEK: Twelve

Theoretical Exam
Practical Exam


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