Course information

Entry requirements

Course Name

Certification Courses in Music Production

Duration

4 Month full-time

Eligibility

Age: 16+

Course Highlights

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Course overview

Unlike audio engineering and the performance arts, the tools and skill set required to hit the ground running in this field are not yet easily available in a structured curriculum with hands on learning in a classroom environment. This course will take you through all the important techniques, strategies and aesthetic choices involved in helping you produce professional sounding music on a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW).

Course Overview

In this compact and intensive 4-month weekend course you will learn all the processes which go into making music in a DAW. From music theory to the final mixing and mastering stage, carefully designed modules will take you through each component that goes into the making of the finished product. A lot of importance is given to the imparting of theoretical knowledge which lays the foundation for a professional approach to music production. The curriculum is constantly tweaked to keep up to date with new innovations in practices and technology in this fast evolving industry.

At SACAC’s newly designed Production Lab, each student will have his/her own workstation (an I Mac computer and a MIDI keyboard) and exercises and projects will ensure that at each stage you are ‘learning by doing’. You will also experience real-world scenarios faced by producers and composers like creating music for advertisements and scoring for films.

Curriculum

1. Musicality

  • What is Music?
  • How instruments make sound, different types of instruments
  • The fundamentals of western music theory
  • A brief look at Indian music concepts and how they relate to western music theory
  • Ear training and music appreciation
  • Composition and Arrangement

2. The DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Intro to Logic Pro X

  • What is a DAW
  • Intro to Logic (layout, navigation)
  • Tools and editing
  • Arranging

3. MIDI Recording, Programming and Editing

  • What is MIDI? Setting up Midi interfaces
  • Browsing Midi instruments / sounds in Logic
  • Midi Recording
  • Midi Programming
  • Editing, time correction and other midi functions

4. Fundamentals of Audio

  • How sound waves work
  • Frequency, pitch, harmonics
  • Amplitude, volume, decibel scales
  • Understanding digital audio
  • Metering - measuring and analysing signals

5. Synthesis

  • The architecture of a synthesizer - basics of subtractive synthesis
  • Oscillators
  • Filters
  • Envelopes and LFO’s
  • Advanced modulation routings
  • Additive Synthesis - Wavetable and FM

6. Signal Flow and the mixer

  • How sound goes in and out of an audio interface
  • The signal path in an individual channel strip
  • Bussing - output bussing, sends and returns, Auxiliary tracks
  • The mixer

7. Controller mapping, automation

  • Mapping controller faders and knobs to parameters in Logic
  • Smart Controls and making controller sets
  • Online automation - recording automation
  • Offline automation - drawing automation curves
  • Editing and refining automation

8. Arrangement and Structure

  • A brief look into traditional song structures
  • Arrangement moves in electronic music and other non traditional genres
  • Using automation as a tool to add interest and dynamism

9. Audio Operations

  • Detailed look into fundamentals of digital audio
  • Importing and working with audio files in Logic
  • File management
  • Making musical arrangements with only audio files
  • Advanced audio editing
  • Tempo and pitch operations
  • Manipulation of audio files, glitch style production

10. Sampling

  • Working with Logic’s Sampler and Quick Sampler
  • Basics of mapping and sampler instruments
  • Creating your own sampler instruments
  • Converting audio files to sampler instruments and building new musical ideas
  • Using the sampler as a creative tool for Hip Hop style production and beyond

11. Audio Recording in the DAW

  • Setting up interface
  • Important preferences and settings to prepare for recording
  • Understanding different types of audio signals and cables
  • Gain staging and getting a good level signal
  • Recording processes
  • File management
  • Creating multiple takes and making composites

12. MIXING PART ONE - EQ

  • What is EQ
  • Different types of EQ
  • EQ Strategies - problem solving and tonal shaping
  • Correct EQ practices

13. MIXING PART TWO - Dynamic Processing

  • Understanding Dynamic Range
  • Compression basics - threshold, ratio
  • Using Attack and Release
  • Frequency specific compression, De-Essing
  • Understanding different compressor emulations
  • Advanced compression moves - Bus Compression, side chaining, parallel compression
  • Gates
  • Limiters

14. MIXING PART THREE - Spatial effects (Delay and Reverb)

  • Delay - basic parameters
  • Different application of delay and modulation
  • Reverb - what is it?
  • Different reverb types
  • Application of reverb
  • Using spatial effects for depth and width in a mix

15. MIXING PART FOUR - Mixing process, Mastering

  • Organising your project - templates, bussing strategies
  • How to start a mix?
  • Bottom up mixing
  • Top Down mixing
  • Final mix bus processing
  • Limiting and loudness
  • Mastering and rendering

16. STUDIO WORKSHOP

  • Basics of Acoustics
  • How studios are constructed
  • Fundamentals of soundproofing and sound treatment
  • Tips for setting up home studio
  • Correct monitoring practices
  • Microphones - different types and their characteristics
  • Miking techniques
  • Live recording session

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • Age: 16+

Attributes

  • Knowledge of basic computer operations
  • Interest in Music
  • A creative bent of mind

FAQ

Is the institute recognised?

We are an independent, non governmental, not for profit organization affiliated to Sri Aurobindo Society, headquartered at Puducherry.

What kind of jobs are available after the course. Do we get placed?

This course offers a holistic coverage on all subjects related to music production. It allows you to gain exposure to various aspects of music production such as programming, arranging and mixing. You can choose to continue to make music, or decide upon what is it that you would like to learn more about, coupled with your prior music making work experience. You do get an opportunity to meet practising professionals via your course and the responsibility to take the relationship forward remains with you.

How much does one earn after doing the course?

The sky is the limit!

Is there a minimum age to apply?

16

No science in school/ music background can I still do the course. I love music

Yes

What are my chances of getting in?

The meetings during the admissions process are purely to help you make the right decisions and are not designed to eliminate.

What is the fee, cant find it on website?

Can’t we pay in Installments?

If you have an issue in a straight up-front payment please reach out and let us know. We only consider payment in installments on a case-case basis.

Do you offer scholarship?

We are unable to offer scholarship at present, being a non governmental, not for profit organization.

What are the modes of payment?

Cheque/Demand Draft/Netbanking.

Is there any other expenditure excluding fee?

No

Is buying a MAC compulsory? I have a windows laptop.

No, windows laptop is acceptable..

What are the class timings?

11 am - 2 pm on Saturdays & Sundays.

Are there Faculty other than mentioned on the website to teach us?

Yes. You may have industry guests for reviews, interactive sessions and workshops.

Student Experience

Faculty

Admission & Fee

Course Name Certificate Course in Music Production
Duration 4 months
Age Group/Criteria 16+
Next Batch Starts In 13th March 2021
Batch Size 12
Registration Fee (Valid for One Year) Rs. 1200/-
Course Fee Rs. 95000/- + Applicable Service Tax
Admission Form Click here to download or Apply Online
Days & Timings Saturday (11am - 2pm) & Sunday (11am – 2pm)

Prospects

Develop an in depth understanding of Logic Pro X and the world of the DAW
• Compose, record and produce your own music
• Become adept at programming and editing
• Learn to build arrangements and turn your ideas into finished songs
• Get a deeper understanding of the art and science of mixing music

The skills acquired in this course are used by music industry professionals like:
• Music Directors
• Composers
• Arrangers
• Programmers and Sequencers
• Films Scorers