What do you get when you mix the top MOOC platform, Coursera, with the top music school, Berklee College of Music?

Answer: A very qualitative pragmatic introductory course to music production. And it is free!

Learn or brush up on the basic of this science in six sets of video “tutorials”. Here is the course syllabus:

Lesson 1: Sound and Signal Flow

Propagation, Amplitude, Frequency, Visualizing Sound, Connections Overview, Microphone as a Transducer, Microphone Types, Microphone Frequency Response, Microphone Polar Patterns, Microphone Placement, Line Level and Gain Staging, Cables, Interface, MIcrophone Connection and Gain, Analog to Digital Converter, Pickup Connections, The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

Lesson 2: The DAW

Analog to Digital Conversion, Buffer Size, File Types, Project Folder, Project Checklist, Multitrack, Recording Audio, Trimming, Separating and Cutting, The Grid, Fades, Zooming, Cycling, Merging, Naming and Coloring, Markers, Comping, Software Instruments, MIDI Editing: Velocity, MIDI Editing: Quantization, Common MIDI Recording and Editing Functions

Lesson 3: The Mixer

The Channel Strip, The Bus Concept, Effects Categories, Inserts, The Submix, Sends, Automation

Lesson 4: Dynamic Effects

Noise, Distortion, Dynamic Range Manipulation, Dynamic Processors Overview, Dynamic Processor Parameters, Gate, Downward Compressor, Limiter

Lesson 5: Filter and Delay Effects

The Delay Concept, The Delay Spectrum, Modulated Short Delays, Filters Overview, Mixing EQ, Medium Delay: Slap Back, Long Delay, Reverb, Width in Mixing, Space in Mixing

Lesson 6: Synthesis

Oscillators, Filters, Amplifiers, LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator), A Language of Timbre

If you are a first timer, take your time, review the videos and support material in depth. You may want to also participate in the community aspect of the course.

If you are just brushing up, watch the videos only, @ 1.5 speed 🙂

Here is the link to the course. Next session starts on the 13th of October!