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Learn Electronic Music Production with The Robot Guy

July 13 @ 3:00 pm - August 7 @ 5:00 pm EDT

$475

An Interactive Online STEM+Music Camp for Ages 12-18

No equipment or experience necessary! We meet online (via Zoom) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for 4 weeks.

Today’s music producers use software programs to create and perform. In this course, we teach you to use Ableton Live, the most popular software program for electronic music production.

If you’ve been to one of our LEGO Robot camps, then you know all about The Robot Guy. He doesn’t only teach robotics! Learn from him in live, interactive online sessions where you can share your screen to get help and advice with your music. Better yet, you’ll have access to one-on-one tutoring from Ohn_Daka, an EDM producer with years of experience.

The course is built around a series of music production projects that will help you to develop your skills and explore your musicality. Learn at your own pace by watching tutorials from our private library of over 100 videos, each on a specific music production technique. In our live Zoom sessions, The Robot Guy and Ohn_Daka will check out your projects, answer all your questions, and offer additional tips/advice based on your specific interests. You’ll even have the opportunity to collaborate with other young musicians in your group (optional)!

The only equipment required is the Ableton Live software (free 90 day trial available here) and a Mac or PC that meets the minimum system requirements listed on that same page.

Outline

Week 1

Here’s where it all starts! No matter what your skills are coming into this, we make sure that by the end of the first week you’ll have gained a solid understanding of the Ableton Live interface, workflow, and how to make it work for you! You’ll understand and be able to confidently utilize basic rhythm theory in your beats, and will be able design your own drums sounds from scratch, using your own unique kits to create effective and professional-sounding beats that are truly one-on-a-kind. You’ll also have had the opportunity to work collaboratively to craft a beat with another producer from your cohort, receiving personalized feedback along the way from knowledgeable Bleeps+Loops instructors.

Week 2

Week 2 is packed full of good stuff! By the end of this week, you’ll know how to process the beats you made in Week 1 to create a cohesive, flexible drum kit (not a real one… a software one) that sits well within your tracks. You’ll understand clip automation/modulation, and know how to use Reverb, Delay, and Distortion effects in ways that move beyond standard uses, transforming them into solid tools for mixing, spatialization, and sound design.

Week 3

By the end of week 3, you’ll have a nearly-complete track or two and will be well on your way to remixing another song! Over the course of this week, we dive into synthesis and sound design in a big way: We’ll start off by learning how to synthesize sounds from scratch using several of the most useful and popular synthesis techniques, and you’ll be applying these skills to craft powerful basses, effective pads, and attention-grabbing leads. We also dive into compression and EQ, arguably the two MOST critical tools for any producer to have a solid understanding of. We’ll cap the week off by talking about Remixing and Song Arrangement as we finally start to see our tracks taking shape!

Week 4

The final week! By the end of this week you’ll have a totally complete, mixed and mastered release-ready original track, as well as a remix! We spend most of this week talking about the mixing and mastering process. Given that the mixing process has a huge impact on the overall vibe of your track, most producers opt to mix (and often master) their own tracks these days. It’s to have these skills in your pocket, and we make sure to dive deep into the process! Our instructors will provide you and your collaborators with personalized track feedback, and you’ll end this experience not only with new skills, abilities, and knowledge that some producers go their whole lives trying to learn, but also connections with other producers worldwide that will last for years to come! And ultimately, isn’t that music is about? Connection, people, shared experiences…We want you to have it all!

Details

Start:
July 13 @ 3:00 pm EDT
End:
August 7 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Cost:
$475

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