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This is a general course for people with little or no experience producing electronic music. This course will cover all general aspects of music making (key, pitch, form, harmony), through basic audio concepts (waveforms, frequency spectrum, etc.) ending at basic concepts of synthesis and MIDI.
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What will I learn in this Course?
- The basics of electronic music production
- How digital audio works
- Recording audio
- How MIDI works
- Production workflows
About the Instructor
J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater.
He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.
Praise for classes by J. Anthony Allen
“Without a doubt the best explanation and east of use that one can get. It leaves you enough room to go explore. The classes go by quick, so you can be on your way at being proficient. What are you wait for!”
“Amazing – Seriously Loved It! I took all his courses and have to say I’m so happy! Learnt loads! Jason is an awesome teacher!”
“I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going through this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”
“I like these courses because you can get up and running quickly without having to spend hours of time wading through TMI (too much information!). Jason hits the high points but shows you what you need to know. Thanks!”
“I’ve watched many other videos on scales and chords before, however, this one has been the best. I now understand minor scales and chords and even how to analyze songs. It really gave me the confidence to start producing music because I feel like I have some structure and guidelines to follow. AWESOME!”
“Clear and Informative – Jason has a clear uncluttered style (with the important dashes of humor) of presentation that is focused on the important key aspects of this course. Recommended for those starting out!”
“Dr. Allen does it again with his music theory series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section, and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”
“The Best Teacher Ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all means without giving what you don’t want to know.”
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Digital Audio Production
A Brief History of Recorded Audio
As you might guess, this is one of my favorite things to talk about.
Video 2: The History of Recorded Audio (more-or-less)
Here we go – a whirl-wind tour of digital audio.
Video 3: Hardware & Software
What kinds of hardware and software do we need in order to make some music? In this lesson we explore the options from several perspectives – including price.
All About MIDI
You can kind of think about all the work we do as producers being the crafting of 2 kinds of material: Audio and MIDI.
Video 4: MIDI Basics
MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) – how to use it, how not to use it, and how to incorporate it into your music.
Producing with MIDI
In this lesson, we are going to look at building some music using the piano roll editor in Ableton.
Video 5: Producing with MIDI
Now that we know how MIDI works, let’s talk about how to make some music with it.
Putting it All Together
Working with Loops
In this video: Working with loops. We talk about file types, file formats, and other general production tips.
Odds & Ends
In this lesson: Reason (another app), ReWire (a way for apps to talk to each other), Flattening (a way to simplify your session) and Exporting (a way to finish your tracks).
Synthesis, generating our own sounds in a synthesizer from scratch, is a very important aspect of Electronic Music. It’s fairly tricky to learn and can be daunting. In this lesson, I try to simplify synthesis into it’s four most important aspects.
Video 8: Synthesis
Let’s dive into synthesis and learn all about the basics of making sound with synthesizers.