Music Production for Songwriters, Levels 1 & 2 - Level 1 Start Date TBA

Who knows better than the writer how their song should be produced? Gain the skills to take matters into your own hands, to create pre-production tracks for your project, or to take your tracks all the way to a finished record. This course covers essential production skills for dialing in your sound and meets each class meeting in a professional recording studio, on-campus. Develop confidence and understanding to create work you can believe in from either side of the glass. And get feedback on your own productions!


Classes: Classes, Production & Recording

Class Type: Unknown Type


 Some of the many topics to be covered in this class:

  • Drum Tracks Creation
  • Working with Drum Loops
  • MIDI Sequencing Drum Tracks
  • Editing and Time Stretching Drum Parts
  • Bass Part Creation in Various Styles
  • The Guide Track
  • Dynamics and Arrangement
  • Rhythm Guitar and Piano parts
  • Lead Instruments
  • Background Vocals
  • The Lead Vocal
  • EQ Techniques for Instruments and Vocals
  • Effects: Reverbs Delays Chorus Etc.
  • Using Compressors on Instruments and Vocals
  • Mixing Methods
  • Mastering

We will examine how each technique is accomplished mainly in Logic Pro and perhaps depending upon preference in the room Pro Tools. Users of all digital audio workstation platforms are welcome.

  • Class Meets 4 Mondays, 7-10:30pm, 11/9-12/7, no class 11/23 (the Monday before Thanksgiving)
  • Tuition includes the use of the studio during class:  $299
  • Pre-requisites: some experience on a DAW (digital audio workstation, a recording platform like Garageband, Logic, Pro Tools, etc.) recommended. We suggest LOGIC and offer fantastic programs in Logic Pro X, Levels 1 & 2. Students currently enrolled in Logic Pro X for the Summer will be far enough along in that study to fully take part in this complementary course.
  • Class Setting: Each class will meet in a professional recording studio environment to both better familiarize you with how a real studio works and how you might do your work both at home and in a pro studio.
  • Format: Students will create a track from scratch in the class, from week to week applying the production techniques covered, with an emphasis on hands-on experience in the studio. All students will have the opportunity to participate in the production of our class project recording, regardless of your level of previous studio experience. The out-of-class homework will be to do the same thing for your own track, putting the concepts to use in your own music as well.
  • Bonus Materials: Students will have access to class videos to review the concepts of class on your own time.
  • Added Benefits: Graduates of this course will be, after an additional orientation class, be eligible to RENT OUT the RECORDING STUDIO at rates well below the regular rates.  This will allow you to do your own projects or to produce other projects in a professional setting at a significantly more affordable rate.

About the Instructor, Alexander Marlowe:

Alexander Marlowe is a Composer/Producer, Keyboardist & Consultant based in Southern California, projects include music placed in the movies Sisters, The Judge, Step Up All In, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Step Up Revolution, The Big Year, The Blind Side, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Duma, work as a Music Consultant on Sony Pictures’ Total Recall (2012).  Alexander has earned a Platinum record for production work for Krayzie Bone (of Bone Thugs 'N Harmony), co-produced remixes for a variety of major label artists, composed for numerous TV projects aired on all the major networks, including the Emmy-Award Winning TV show Home Turf. Alexander has collaborated with DJs Justin Michael, Andrew Macari, King Tech and Domino D, worked as an Arranger for Grammy-Nominated Artists John Lee Hooker Jr, and Craig Chaquico of Starship, and performed as a keyboardist, including on a world tour with the Soul Legend Bobby Womack, as well as with Charles Wright, Brenton Wood, Brenda Holloway, among many other projects.


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