Electronic Music Production
In the Electronic Music Production specialization, you will learn the tricks of the trade to create high-quality, professional sounding music.
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Berklee College of Music
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1 points • do2
SW engineer looking to learn and get into music production and synthesizers - Would like some pointers
You probably get this question a lot (already digged a bit through the search), but I'd like some personalized answers.
I'm looking to get into music production and synthesizers as a hobby. In the past (10 years ago) I was really into guitar and had some music lessons for about a year. However, I never felt like I had any talent or creativeness to my playing and eventually quit playing altogether. Nonetheless, music is still a big thing for me and I thought about giving synthesizers and music production a go. I'm a Software Engineer so I'm okay with any software, I think. The music I enjoy is mostly progressive rock music, like Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson, King Crimson, Opeth and such. I also enjoy jazz and the occasional Hip-Hop and electronic stuff like ambient/moody, some Lo-Fi beats (dislike stuff like EDM and trance).
I've got no experience with any of this and got no training in piano/keyboards. Already looked around YouTube and some other resources and I'm not sure where to start. I'm thinking to get a beginner synth (probably a Korg Monologue) a couple of months from now, but before that I'm planning in maybe using some software first?
For gear the only stuff I've got right now is a Macbook Pro and iPad Pro. I know there's Garage Band free, and I also found LMMS and Ardour which look like very complete open-source tools.
Syntorial looks VERY interesting to me, but the $150 price tag is a bit more than I was thinking about spending as a first approach. I've also found this Coursera specialization.
The only decision I made so far is to get a music theory app and start remembering and deepening my knowledge of theory (which I've long lost from my brain).
If anyone would help come up with a path of sorts to start getting into this I'd be grateful. In the end I know I should avoid "paralysis by analysis"
1 points • djdementia
No problem, you can definitely progress faster if you spend more of your available time on it, I did production off and on, sometimes switching to DJing instead or switching to other hobbies for weeks at a time. I feel like only now I'm finishing real songs.
There are many aspects to music making, it seems like right now you are just focusing more on the timbre, which is fine. You probably should keep going with that for now and just go on to whatever seems most interesting next. I find if you go with the aspects that seem most fun/interesting first this will feel more like a fun hobby or game rather than a chore. Once music making feels like a chore/work is usually when people give up. For me Music Theory was the least interesting - I'm just finally learning that aspect now! Some other things you'll likely need to learn:
- Music Theory, Melody, Harmony, & Chords
- Song Arrangement, Tension & Resolution
- Mixing, Mastering, Effects, & Modulation
- The individual software packages themselves
- Equipment & hardware
There are many ways to learn so you need to go with what feels comfortable for you. For me I started with free videos then later moved to paid subscription to online video tutorials from http://groove3.com.
I started with free classes at Coursera and can highly recommend the ones from Berklee College of Music that are available for free. Here is a great course track: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/electronic-music-production
This is the class that I started my journey with, it's part of that course specialization I previously linked and it's fantastic (and also free): https://www.coursera.org/learn/technology-of-music-production. After you complete this class your knowledge of what is going on will dramatically increase.
1 points • thexylophone
Check out this coursera course, which you can audit for free: https://www.coursera.org/specializations/electronic-music-production
Other than that I think youtube is a good resource for production, check out this one for instance https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCapo4XcpVOlTLkbKIDL0WlA
There's also a program to help you learn sound design called syntorial: https://www.syntorial.com/ try the free demo