Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Woodwind, Podcasts & DJ. Recording & Music Master Package

Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Woodwind, Podcasts & DJ. Recording & Music Master Package
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Learn how to make amazing tracks, tunes and effects with this comprehensive course. Gain the skills needed to create your own music; set up a studio and master DJ skills; set up and maintain various instruments; mix, dub and edit tracks; understand copyright law and much more.

Music making programmes covered in this course include Ableton Live, Antares Auto-Tune, Apple Pro Logic, Melodyne, ProTools, Torq, Garageband and many others. Explore how to set up a studio and learn about miking up guitars and drums, using keyboards and synthesisers and caring for brass and woodwind instruments. Learn everything you need to know to make your own album.

24/7 access for 12 months - Our video-based training is accessible at any time, giving you the benefit of hands on training with the flexibility of fitting it in around your busy schedule. Just sign in sing your user name, select the course you want to view, and go.

Unique interface features - Set your own pace for learning. Our interface offers useful features such as fast forward, pause, bookmark a lesson, track your progress and much more.

New content - Once you sign up with us, you receive access to ALL of the new content added to your subscription library for FREE, for the entire length of your subscription. New content is added monthly, so the library of training available to you keeps getting bigger, but you don’t have to pay more for it.

Key Learning Points

This course takes a comprehensive look at everything necessary to start making it in the music industry. Focus areas include:

  1. DJ & multitrack skills - Learn how to use a vast array of music programmes to begin creating tracks including Ableton Live, Antares Auto-tune, Apple Pro Logic, Cubase, Melodyne, MOTU Digital Performer, ProTools, SoundForge, Torq, Waves, Reason, Line 6 and much more.
  2. Guitar set up skills - Explore ways to set up a guitar for recording including miking techniques, building effects pedal boards, set up and maintenance and how to relic a guitar.
  3. Real and virtual drum set up skills - Learn about drum miking techniques, drum tuning and maintenance and Strike Virtual Drummer.
  4. Podcasting and Garageband Skills - Learn how to make full use of Garageband for creating and recording music, plus an introduction to making your own podcasts.
  5. Keyboard and organ skills - Learn how to use Axiom 61 USB MIDI controller, B4 II Virtual Organ, B3 Drawbars and FM8: FM Synthesiser Native Instruments
  6. Copyright and publishing law - Learn the legal aspects of properly protecting your compositions with this introductory module.
  7. Woodwind and brass care - Learn the proper care and maintenance techniques that can prevent costly repairs for your precious instruments.

Advantage of this course

This comprehensive course will teach all the skills necessary to begin making music at home. The course is designed with the beginner in mind, but more advanced earners will find it useful for building on the foundation of knowledge they already have. Other benefits include:

  • Practical tutoring from an industry expert
  • Learn a skill that could become a new career path
  • Impress family and friends at parties and other events
  • Find an outlet for your creativity
  • Learn at your own pace and fully understand each module before moving on

Whether you’re looking for a change of career, or simply a new hobby, this course is designed for you. Sign up today and get started!

DJ & Multitrack Skills

Ableton Live 6 : An Introduction

Ableton Live is a long time favorite of remix and electronics artists because of its powerful audio loop-based sequencer that is specifically designed for instruments in live performances and studio recordings. Cliff Truesdale demonstrates the creative potential of this software to keep your musical creativity flowing by supporting instantaneous manipulation of parameters like tempo and feel of your music. You will learn how to use this program to record, mix, match, and add effects, improve instruments sound, plug-ins, and a host of modifiable audio shaping parameters. Abelton Live 6 training allows you to create and remix with flexibility and freedom.

Topics include:
  • Quick Start
  • Getting Ready
  • Working with Clips
  • Recording and Editing
  • Plug-In Effects
  • Virtual Instruments
  • Creating a Complete Song
Ableton Live 7 : The Essentials

Ableton Live 7 is the latest instalment of is long time favorite of remix and electronics artists because of its powerful audio loop-based sequencer that is specifically designed for instruments in live performances and studio recordings. n this amazing music software. Live 7 offers many improvements and additions from the previous version (Live 6). In this tutorial, Cliff Truesdell demonstrates the creative potential of this software that has made it an essential tool for so many of todays musical artists.

Topics include:
  • Quick Start
  • Getting Ready
  • Working with Clips
  • Recording and Editing
  • Plug-In Effects
  • Virtual Instruments
  • Creating a Complete Song
Antares Auto-Tune

Auto-Tune is an audio processor designed as a plug in to correct intonation problems with vocals or solo instruments in real time without distortion or artifacting. During this Antares auto-tune tutorial Jeff Dykhouse, a veteran audio engineer, demonstrates how to disguise common recording inaccuracies and mistakes as you learn to produce more precisely tuned recordings. Auto-Tune has been used by many great artists to correct pitch in vocal and instrumental performances and by working through this guide you will have the tools to improve the quality and precision of your vocal processing. Once finished, you will be able to understand the inner workings of this advanced plug-in and how to improve your recording and apply what you have learned to your audio pre-processing projects.

Topics include:

  • How Auto-Tune Works
  • Assigning to a Track
  • Auto Mode
  • Graphic Mode
  • Auto Mode
Apple Logic Pro 8 : Essentials Training

With this latest release, Apple has made some dramatic changes to Logic, their flagship audio editing and music production application. In addition to a comprehensive suite of professional tools that provides musicians with everything they need to create in the studio, on the stage, and for the screen, Logic Pro 8, features an intuitive new streamlined interface that makes it easier to write, record, edit, and mix musicall with the sound quality and rock-solid timing you have come to expect from Logic. Join Patrick Copeland, veteran audio engineer, as he gives you a comprehensive look at each aspect of this powerful software program. The HA! QuickSTART Overview gives you the needed edge to be up and running quickly. With its acclaimed power and flexibility for writing, recording, and producing music, it is easy to see why many audio professionals make Logic their weapon of choice in the studio.

Topics include:
  • HA! QuickSTART Overview
  • New User Interface
  • Personalizing Logic
  • Professional Templates for Common Projects
  • Multi-take Recording
  • Audio Effects
  • Revolutionary Quick Swipe Comping
  • Using Apple Loops
  • Importing/Exporting Files
  • Surround Sound, Loops & Library
  • Video Projects & Settings
  • MIDI and Logic
Compressors: The Essentials

In this tutorial, audio engineer Jeff Dykhouse addresses the advantages and disadvantages of both hardware and software compressors. Compression is a process that manipulates the dynamic range of an audio signal to achieve more uniform and consistent sound by altering perceived volume. By understanding their use and how to manage compressors your vocals will stand out from the surrounding instrumentation, your drums and percussion will appear to have a more sustain sound and give guitars a fuller sound. Since the type and amount of compression is dependent on the type of audio signal being processed, Jeff outlines how the various compressor controls affect the audio signal manipulation that is required. You will see and hear the how different compressors affect various instruments and how to apply it to your music creation.

  • Digirack Compressor II
  • Bomb Factory 1176
  • Drawmer GCL
  • Waves SSL E Channel
  • Bomb Factory LA-2A
  • McDSP MC2000 Multiband
  • Digirack Compressor III
  • Digidesign Smack!

  • Teletronix LA-3A
  • Smart Research C2
  • dbx 160x
  • Aphex Compellor
  • Behringer Tube Composer T1952
Cubase 4 : The Essentials

Matthew Loel. T. Hepworth, a long-time Cubase user and Steinberg product specialist, will demonstrate tips and coverage of the more advanced topics on working with Cubase 4. Cubase 4, although designed for professional musicians, composers and audio engineers this tutorial covers the newly expanded features, the intuitive interface and integration of external audio and MIDI compatible hardware. You will learn the essential information needed to use this software effectively and this new level of competence will undoubtedly speed up your workflow and your boost creativity. Steinberg Cubase is one of the top digital music creation, audio editing, sequencing, and recording digital audio workstations available to audio professionals today, and this training will ensure that you can effectively harness that power.

Topics include:
  • Quick Start Operations
  • Standard Cubase Conventions
  • Working with MIDI
  • Recording and Editing MIDI and Instrument Tracks
  • Editing Audio Tracks
  • Adding Inserts, FX Channels and EQ
  • Record Modes
  • Automation
  • Advanced Audio Editing
DJ Equipment Basics

The techniques, equipment and role of the DJ has evolved in the past twenty-five years from simply playing music to a level where they are considered integral to todays music and nightclub scene. Choosing the correct DJ equipment is a must, and with so many options out there it can be a daunting task. Join Kazell, a well-respected LA based DJ, as he demonstrates the different equipment you can use to set up your own custom rig. He also walks you through the advantages and disadvantages of gear and basic equipment configurations. Whether you are setting up a home DJ studio or working at parties, clubs or weddings, Kazell has the information you need to do it right the first time without wasting money.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Vinyl Turntable Set-Up
  • CD System Set-Up
  • Laptop System Set-Up
  • DJ Components
Essential Gear for Mobile Recording

In this tutorial, Carmen Rizzo, two-time Grammy nominated recording artist and musician, shows you all the audio gear necessary for on-location recording. Carmen demonstrates that all the equipment you need for professional results can fit into two carry-on bags you can stow into the overhead compartment of most major airliners. Learn valuable tips from a seasoned professional for the best way to travel light without disturbing your audio recording quality.

Topics include:
  • Mobile Recording Equipment
  • M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96
Headphone Selection

In this informative tutorial Carmen Rizzo, an experienced recording artist, demonstrates the many varieties and styles of headphones. Headphone selection is important whether you are a professional musician, recording engineer or music enthusiast. Carmen Rizzo provides insightful information on the variety of headphones that are best suited for your unique application, lifestyle or budget. Carmens recommendations and experience will help you optimize your listening experience in personal entertainment, musical performance or in studio recording.

Melodyne : An Introduction

Join composer and violinist Laura Escud to learn about Melodyne, the perfect software tool for pitch shifting, time stretching, correcting the intonation and timing of a vocal or musical performance. Thanks to its unique audio editing possibilities and its unrivalled sound quality, Melodyne is highly regarded by musicians, producers and sound designers all over the world who use it in music, film and radio. In this introductory course, Laura shows you the basic functions and tools to get you started on pitch correcting and harmonizing your music. With Melodyne you can actually do the impossible - and do it easily.

Topics include:
  • What Is Melodyne, Basic Preferences Setup
  • Arrangement Window, Edit Window, Transport, Mixer
  • Importing Audio, Auto Pitch, Auto Tune
  • Pitch, Formant, Amplitude, Move Notes, Note Separation
  • Copying and Pasting Notes, Scale Snap
  • ReWire Host, ReWire Slave, Melodyne Bridge
  • Saving, Exporting
MOTU Digital Performer : Introduction

In this tutorial Les Brockmann, a veteran audio engineer, demonstrates that even though Digital Performer was originally designed for professional studio production, film scoring, live performance and remixing, it can be easily used for professional results for all levels of users from home recording enthusiasts to recording studios. Les demonstrates how to record live instruments, record and import MIDI files, sequence and how you can edit your finished project for export in many different file formats. By the time this tutorial is completed you will understand topics like file management, mixing audio, using video, tempo and timing.

Topics include:
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Digital Performer File Management
  • Digital Performer Screen Features and UI
  • Tempo, Metronome and Timing
  • Navigating in Digital Performer
  • Editing in Digital Performer
  • All about Audio in Digital Performer
  • Mixing Audio in Digital Performer
  • Using Video in Digital Performer
  • Learning More about Digital Performer
ProTools LE : Essential Training

Specifically designed as a professional grade tool for the consumer market ProTools LE incorporates everything you will need to edit music non-linearly and non-destructively for professional caliber results. ProTools is the de facto music production, post production and mixing software used extensively in the TV, film and studio recording industries.

During the 10-hour instructor led training, Jeff Dykhouse, a veteran audio engineer, guides you through each aspect of this powerful program. The quick start will provide you with the essentials to be up and running almost instantly, while the comprehensive chapter tutorials will give you step-by-step instructions on achieving professional results.

Also included is a recording session where you can watch live video as musicians create tracks with ProTools LE. By watching and emulating you will begin to understand how the professionals utilize and configure ProTools LE.

Topics include:
  • Navigating the Interface
  • Making a New Session
  • Track Insert & Sends
  • Beat Detective
  • Audio Suite Menu
  • Recording a Take
  • Using Playlists
  • Troubleshooting ProTools LE
ProTools 7.4 : What's New

In this tutorial Jeff Dykhouse, a veteran engineer, will teach you about the new improvements with ProTools 7.4. The enhanced features you will learn include a time-manipulation tool called Elastic Time, or Elastic Audio along with real-time features that make it incredibly easy to manipulate tempo or time, without the loss of sonic integrity. You will also benefit from the enhanced workflow, preferences and video handling improvements.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Elastic Audio
  • Preferences and Browser Improvements
  • Workflow Improvements
  • Video Improvements
SoundForge 8.0 : Essential Training

This tutorial on SoundForge 8.0 will focus on the powerful Sound Forge Audio Editor, professional audio recording techniques, obtaining pristine audio quality, achieving professional audio effects and learning the audio restoration tools. Sound Forge, acclaimed for its power, stability and no nonsense interface, is considered the industry standard for audio software professionals who want to create and edit digital audio files with absolute speed and precision. SoundForge 8.0 contains everything you need to analyze, record and edit audio, produce music loops, digitize and clean-up old recordings, model acoustic environments, create streaming media and master replication-ready CDs.

Topics include:
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Data Window Walk Around
  • FX Favorites
  • Options
  • Window
  • Recording
  • Spectrum Analysis
  • Plug-In Chainer
  • CD Architect
Torq with Xponent

Torq Xponent, a DJ performance system brings professional controls to the world of computer-based digital Djing.. In this tutorial, an electronic musician, recording artist and DJ, Steve Nalepa, demonstrates how to switch over from traditional DJ'ing to the Torq Xponent system. Steve shows you the essentials of Torq that will take your music in new directions. You will learn new ways to mix, scratch, and cue your digital files without ever touching your computer. The training topics include MIDI mapping, VST effects, a sampler overview, the sync feature, external control, and a mixer overview.

Topics include:
  • Auto BPM Mapping
  • Built in FX
  • MIDI Mapping
  • VST Effects
  • Sampler Overview
  • Sync Feature
  • External Control
  • Line Input
  • Mixer Overview
  • Cueing, Mixing, Quick Scratching
  • Function Shortcuts
Waves SSL 4000 Collection

In this tutorial Jeff Dykhouse, veteran audio engineer, walks you through the Wave SSL interface and how to get the best possible results out of your mixes. The collection includes the masterfully modeled SSL E-Channel, G-Master Buss Compressor and SSL G-Equalizer. Chris Lord-Alge, the legendary Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum mixer, shares his personal SSL presets.

Topics include:
  • The E-Channel Plug-In
  • The G-Equalizer Plug-In
  • The G-Master Buss Compressor Plug-In
What's New In Reason 4

Jeff Dykhouse, a veteran engineer, Reason user and author of the Reason 3 tutorial, brings you up to speed on all the new features of Propellerheads Reason 4.0. This new and improved version comes equipped with a more innovative Sequencer, a revolutionary groove tool, the ReGroove Mixer, the monophonic RPG-8 Arpeggiator and a synth. Jeff demonstrates that the improvements added to Reason 4 will inspire you to create great tracks and provide you with state-of-the art innovative ways to do so.

Topics include:
  • Reason 4
  • Thor Polysonic Synthesizer
  • The New Sequence
  • RPG-8 Monophonic Arpeggiator
Introduction to Equalizers

In this tutorial, Jeff Dykhouse a veteran recording engineer demonstrates the different types of equalizers and how to use them during recording, at mixdown and while mastering. Equalization, or EQ, is the process of changing the frequency envelope of a sound and by using a signal generator and spectrum analyzer, Jeff shows how EQs work on both generated sound and music. Jeff follows a recorded song through production to illustrate how and when to best use EQs to modify the sound of your music. By the end of this tutorial you will understand what an equalizer does, how to use them and most importantly when to equalization.

Line 6 LowDown Bass Amp

The Line 6 LowDown Bass amp delivers an array of five effects and five carefully crafted bass amp models that range from funk to classic rock and beyond. In this tutorial, Jonathan Ahrens, accomplished bassist and producer, shows you the creativity and power of this new line of bass amps. Jonathan demonstrates how the LowDown can instantly dial up a great sound that you can modify and save into a preset to reflect your signature sound. Also introduces the newest addition to the award-winning Line 6 POD line, the Bass Floor POD, which uses the latest-generation in modeling technology to give you those deep rumbling bass sounds.

Topics include:
  • Line 6 Spider III Amplifier
  • Line 6 Spider Valve
Line 6 Spider III and Spider Valve Amps

The Spider Valve is collaboration between Line 6 and Reinhold Bogner, who is considered one of the best amp technician/designers in the world. Spider Valve combines the versatility of a modeling amp with the performance and tonal feel of a world-class tube amplifier. Bobby Hartry, producer, guitarist and effects pedal wizard, demonstrates each amp and how to use the various presets and variety of tone-shaping effects to create the sound of your favorite guitarist/song and also new sounds that you create. This tutorial covers two of Line 6s new generation of modeling guitar amps. Line 6 Spider III instantly delivers hundreds of preset sounds used by some of the worlds most legendary guitarists.

Topics include:
  • Line 6 Spider III Amplifier
  • Line 6 Spider Valve
MicroTrack II : 2-Channel Mobile Digital Recorder

This tutorial will get you started with the redesigned MicroTrack mobile digital recorder, by M-AudioThis 2-track mobile recorder is used by professional and amateur film makers, songwriters, worship leaders and audio engineers. Its flexible and portable, and offers a great sound quality in any situation. In this tutorial you will learn how to use the MicroTrack II in addition to understanding what it can do in various applications such as recording guitars, drums, piano or Foley sounds anywhere you are. Although MicroTrack II seems simple to use, there are so many features that this tutorial is will help both beginners and professional level musicians achieve better results.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Getting Started
  • Hardware Controls
  • Software Controls
  • Recording
  • Connecting To A Computer
  • Uses of Micro Track II
NRV-10 Digital Audio Interface + Analog Mixer

In this tutorial Jeff Dykhouse, a veteran audio engineer, demonstrates essential information necessary to use the NVR10 Digital Audio Interface. You will learn how to route and record mixer channels discretely to individual tracks in ProTools, Ableton Live, GarageBand and other digital audio software studios.

The NRV10 allows you to return multiple discrete audio channels from your computer to the NRV10 for CPU-free mixing and monitoring complete with on-board digital effects that are great for live performances. Flexible monitoring options make vocal/instrument recording and DJ-style audio previewing simple. During this tutorial you will realize that the NRV10 (M-Audio) is a new breed of gear that combines an 8 x 2 analog mixer and a 10 x 10 24-bit/96kHz digital audio interface in one convenient package. With the training you receive and this excellent hardware it combines into the perfect tool for computer-based recording and performance.

Topics include:
  • Inputs and Outputs
  • Basic Adjustments
  • Hardware Inserts
  • Built-in Effects
  • Headphone Cue
  • Audio Interface to Your Computer
  • Software Setup
  • Recording with ProTools M-Powered
  • Mixing
  • Live with Built-in Digital Effects
  • Monitoring Virtual Instruments
  • Audio Interface for Virtual Instruments
The POK wireless foot controller

Veteran audio engineer, Jeff Dykhouse, demonstrates how artists, instrumentalists and musicians alike will find the POK foot controller a highly productive and flexible tool. X-Tempos POK remote control foot pedal is designed to give you wireless control over your Digital Audio Workstation or music software.

The skills you learn will free your hands from programming to play your instrument and enable you to foot control your DAW studio session. Whether you use ProTools, Ableton Live, Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase, Sonar, GarageBand or other Mac or PC music software, the POK can enhance the creative flow by easing the frustration of switching hands between the computer keyboard and instrument. Jeffs clear informative tips on using the POK a variety of software are useful for both beginners and professional level musicians.

Topics include:
  • Connecting the POK to Your Computer
  • Using the POK Editor
  • Using the POK with Pro Tools
  • Using the POK with Garageband
  • Using the POK with Ableton Live
  • Programming the POK
Preparing For Mastering

Ron McMaster, a veteran Capitol Records mastering engineer with over twenty-five years of engineering experience, will help you gain a greater understanding about how preparing and organizing your digital audio files for mastering can greatly improve the outcome of your session, as well as save you time and money.

Ron McMaster teaches you how to prepare your project for mastering by giving an overview of the mastering process, showing you how to organize and label your files properly, while providing cost effective suggestions and offering informative tips and tricks on sequencing, detailed input, mastering via the Internet. He also makes sure that your most frequent questions are answered about the audio mastering process.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Professional Courtesy and Sequencing
  • Naming and Labeling
  • Final Fixes
  • Sampling Rate
  • Detailed Input
  • Cost Saving Ideas
  • Mastering Via the Internet; IRSC Codes and Duplication Facilities
  • Mastering Q and A
Propellerhead ReCycle

In this tutorial David Alexander, an electronic recording artist, will show you how adding the right groove or loop can often elevate your music to completely new heights. Usually incorporating loops and grooves can take hours of hard work just to get the loop to fit your song's tempo and timing. Propellerheads ReCycle gives you full creative control over utilizing your looped material. David demonstrates how ReCycle has revolutionized using sampled loops and grooves by giving you the ability to use sampled loops by altering the tempo, replacing sounds and processing them individually.

Topics include:
  • Propellerhead ReCycle
  • Recycle Overview
  • Traditional Loop Based Programming
  • Recycling of Loops
  • Creating a Library for Redrum
  • Reprogramming REX Loops in Reason
  • Dr. Rex Loop Player Controls
  • Recycle for Sample Based Music Production
Propellerhead Reason 3 : Essential Training

In this tutorial Jeff Dykhouse, a veteran audio engineer, clearly demonstrates this indispensable tool for any recording studio or musician. Reason 3 gives you one-step loading of complex, customizable instruments, instant integration with MIDI keyboards and controllers, a range of synthesizers, samplers, a drum machine, the REX file loop player plus a suite of mastering tools and world class audio effects. With Reason in ReWire mode, instruments are seamlessly and automatically patched into the mixer of any ReWire compatible application. Jeff demonstrates the essential information to get you going with this software all the way from the Quick Start Guide to recording a song.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Getting Around Reason
  • Reason Devices
  • Recording a Song
  • Reason Devices Review


Guitar Set Up Skills

Acoustic Guitar Miking Techniques

Jeff Dykhouse, an experienced recording engineer, demonstrates the microphone selection and placement process of recording an acoustic guitar in a studio setting. You will understand the reasons for his placement and adjustments and you will be able to hear before and after comparisons that will guide you in your own recording environment. Every acoustic guitar has unique tonal qualities; capturing that sound in the studio can be extremely difficult, but with the tools provided in Acoustic Guitar Techniques you will be making measurable progress in no time. The descriptive instruction and insightful information and relevant techniques from Jeff Dykhouse will give you the confidence and education you need to improve the recordings of your acoustic guitars unique sound.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Mono Microphone Placement
  • 3 Different Guitars
  • Adding a Microphone
  • Adding a Direct Box
  • Mid-Side Technique
  • X Y Technique
  • Microphone Review
Build Your Own Guitar Effects Pedalboard

Phil OKeefe, a guitarist, audio engineer and producer, will demonstrate the step-by-step instructions on designing, assembling and wiring your own custom guitar effects pedalboard. If you are sick of untangling all those cables and assembling your guitar effects pedals before playing, you need this tutorial. With a few tools, some supplies for the local hardware store and of the information in this tutorial, you will have your very own customized, fully operational, guitar effects pedalboard!

Topics include:
  • Customizing the Pedalboard to Your Needs
  • Intro to Different Types of Pedals
  • Materials, Parts and Tools List
  • Spacing & Layout Considerations
  • Setup-by-Setup Construction
  • Assembly of Pedalboard
  • Mounting Different Pedals
  • Signal Flow of Pedals
  • Cable Construction
  • Power Supply Mounting
  • Wiring, Connecting and Testing Power
Guitar Effects Pedals : Volume 1

In this tutorial Bobby Hartry, a multi-talented session guitarist and composer, will show you a variety of pedals. Each guitar pedal creates unique sounds/tones that will allow you to personalize your performance. You will understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various pedals out there today from basic stomp boxes to high-end complex pedals. You will also get a basic overview of fundamental types of effects pedals including : distortion, dynamics, reverb and pitch modulation, followed by a demonstration. This tutorial is perfect for all types of music including speed metal, blues, pop or straight rock and roll.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Live Gig Pedalboard
  • Studio Specialty Pedals
Guitar Set-Up and Maintenance

Steve Seost, a veteran musician, luthier and guitar repairman demonstrates the proper techniques of the basic set-up and maintenance of the four primary guitar types : solid body fixed bridge, solid body floating tremolo bridge, acoustic, and bass. Steve also demonstrates the correct way to change strings, adjust the neck, assess the nut, adjust the pick-up height, and set the intonation and action so that your instrument is ready for whatever you are. Whether you are a seasoned guitarist or a beginner, you will benefit from Steves clear and concise instruction.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Guitar String Changing
  • Guitar Neck Adjustment
  • Guitar Bridge Adjustment
  • Guitar Nut Adjustment
  • Guitar Pick-Up Adjustment
  • Guitar Intonation
Guitar Rig 2 Native Instruments

Recreating authentic guitar and bass sounds in the studio is more affordable than ever and in reach with Native Instruments Guitar Rig. In this tutorial Kevin Bazell demonstrates how to easily integrate various modifiers with Native Instruments robust foot controller for real-time layering of loops, recording and playback of tracks. You will learn that Guitar Rigs sonic possibilities are limitless and its ability to deliver unique tonal qualities by selecting and combining various presets of meticulously sampled distortion/volume effects is unparalleled. You will be exposed to a variety of rig presets which help to deliver the unique tonal quality and sound that you desire whether it be grunge, pop or heavy metal.

Topics include:
  • Setting Up Guitar Rig 2
  • Guitar Rig 2 Quick start
  • Control Center Overview
  • Setting Up Your Preferences
  • Rack Controls
  • Banks, Presets and Templates
  • Fixed Rack Components
  • Main Components
  • Tools
  • Modifiers
  • Amp and Pedal Setups of the Rich and Famous
How To Relic A Guitar

In this tutorial Steve Soest, an experienced guitar luthier, will show you how to etch, stain, and create dings, bumps, rust, cracks, and even cigarette burns that will result in your guitar catching the look and feel of a vintage guitar. These days finding an affordable vintage guitar is nearly impossible so Steve will walk you through these steps.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Relicing the Metal
  • Relicing a Solid Wood Guitar Body
  • Guitar Neck Relicing
  • Relicing the Plastic
  • Decal Application
  • The Completed Relics


Real & Virtual Drum Set Up Skills

Battery 3 : Drums & Percussion Native Instruments

Battery 3 from Native Instruments is the perfect tool for producing professional drum tracks. With a powerful and intuitive interface Battery 3 has become the standard among producers needing a high-end percussive workhorse sampler. Kazell, a DJ for more than 16 years, also known as Kevin Bazell, will describe Battery 3s features that include more than 100 professional kits ranging from authentic acoustic kits to contemporary electronic collections and ethnic percussion from all over the world. You will learn to harness the unparalleled power and creative freedom in Battery 3 while producing professional sounding tracks.

Topics include:
  • Quick Start
  • Getting Around Battery 4
  • Introduction to the Matrix
  • Cell Tab
  • Mapping Tab
  • Wave TabLoop Tab
  • Effects Tab
  • Master Tab
  • Power User Tips
  • Troubleshooting
Drum Miking Techniques

In this tutorial Les Camacho, a seasoned recording engineer, and Jonathan Gorman, an experienced studio drummer demonstrate the best microphones and techniques for miking the drum kit in studio and how to best capture the dynamics of your music. While Les demonstrates you will learn how to listen, how to find the sweet spot of each drum, what type of microphone is best for each drum, how to test and then fine tune the mic placement using three different setups from entry-level microphones to high-end microphones.

Topics include:
  • Drum Miking Techniques
  • Listening for Microphone Positions
  • Basic Microphone Techniques
  • Pro Studio Microphone Techniques
  • Drum Miking Techniques
Drum Tuning and Maintenance

Joe Randeen, a veteran drummer demonstrates the challenges of tuning and maintaining your drum kit. Regular tuning and maintenance will help you produce the best possible sound from your equipment. He demonstrates how to select, replace and properly tune drumheads as well as selecting sticks. This tutorial will help maintain your investment by routinely and properly maintain your kit while achieving the best sound possible.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Drum Tuning and Maintenance
Strike Virtual Drummer

Strike is one of the most powerful, realistic sounding and customizable virtual drummer software programs in the market. Jeff Dykhouse, veteran audio engineer will demonstrate ways users can create professional sounding patterns using either the 1500 editable presets or creating your own custom sounds. You will learn that by simply using the Style and Kit sliders you can customize this Virtual Drummer instantly, creating the exact sound and feel that you are looking for. Jeff will give the essential information needed to get started using this innovative software.

Topics include:
  • Overview
  • Quickstart
  • Menu Pages
  • Using Strike


Podcasting & Garageband Skills

Introduction To GarageBand

In this tutorial you will learn how easy it is to turn your Mac into a free yet fully featured recording studio. Jeff Dykhouse, a veteran audio engineer, gives you tips and tricks for mastering the interface, learning basic recording techniques, arranging a song, recording live instruments/vocals, editing and mixing tracks, adding special effects, podcasting, and distributing your GarageBand compositions via the internet or CD. Apple has released GarageBand 3 as a way for you to inexpensively easily compose, perform and record their own music all you have to do is use this training to unleash its power.

Topics include:
  • An Overview of Garageband
  • Recording a Music Project
  • Recording a Podcast Episode
  • Recording a Movie Score
What's New In GarageBand '08

In this tutorial Jeff Dykhouse, a veteran audio engineer, demonstrates all the new features in GarageBand 08. This training discusses the differences and enhancements in GarageBand 08 from previous versions. Learn how to maximize the impact while mastering the new features of this powerful software.

Topics include:
  • Overview
  • Multi-take recording
  • Automating effects
  • Arrange Track /Markers
  • Magic GarageBand
  • Visual EQ etc
  • Music Score Printing
Introduction to Podcasting

The dissemination of recorded audio clips that are syndicated via the Internet is called a Podcast. But knowing what a Podcast is and understanding how to create your own Podcast to market your business, educate a community, share your opinion or just to have fun is quite different. Daniel Murphy demonstrates the basic elements required to produce your Podcast, including microphones, audio recording/editing software, mixers and soundcards. With step-by-step explanations and plenty of examples, this tutorial will help you produce and publicize your own professional sounding Podcasts to syndicate with the Internet community.

Topics include:
  • Audio Equipment for Your Podcast
  • Microphone/Headset Selection
  • Audio Recording/Editing Software for Podcasting
  • Mixers
  • USB vs. Firewire
  • VOIP Voice over the Internet Protocols
  • Adding Music to Your Podcast
  • Create/Edit ID-3 Tags
  • Podcast Web-hosting Companies
  • Uploading Your Podcast
  • RSS Feeds
  • Publicizing Your Podcast


Keyboard & Organ Skills

AXIOM 61 USB MIDI Controller

The power and flexibility of the Axiom 61 advanced 61-key USB mobile MIDI controller is demonstrated by Jeff Dykhouse, a veteran audio engineer. Jeff demonstrates how to program the Axiom 61 using Enigma editor, Reason, GarageBand, Ableton LIVE and ProTools software. You will learn how to program and create music utilizing Axiom 61 features eight rubberized trigger pads and you will also understand how to configure the nine sliders and eight endless rotary encoder knobs that will put you in total control of your software studio. Even though there is so much to learn about this MIDI controller, you will find that the clear and concise information in this tutorial will provide you with the information needed to use this product to its fullest potential.

Topics include:
  • Getting Started
  • Basic Settings
  • Advanced Settings
  • Using the Enigma Editing Software
  • Application Specific Settings
  • Troubleshooting
B4 II Virtual Organ

Tim Carmon, an experienced keyboard player, drummer, vocalist and producer and graduate of the Duke Ellington School of Arts, will demonstrate how to use B4 II Virtual Organ software. In this tutorial Tim demonstrates how to use the B4 II software that emulates the classic Hammond B3 and its rotary speaker cabinet. With a new and improved interface and more authentic sound this virtual organ has award-winning performance. You will be exposed to an extended array of features like B3 drawbars, vibrato, chorus, tube distortion and rotary speaker cabinet that make this a versatile tool.

Topics include:
  • Introduction to the B4 II
  • Manual View
  • Organ View
  • Expert View
  • Preset View
  • Setup View
Demystifying B3 Drawbars

For the past 50 years the Hammond B3 Organ has been the keyboard instrument of choice for some of the greatest names in the world of music. Join two of the most experienced B3 keyboardists of all time, Tim Carmon and PJ Morgan, as they demonstrate how the function and purpose of drawbars and how to adjust their settings to create different harmonic sounds. Tim and PJ will help you understand the complexities and intricacies of this challenging instrument while providing you with some tips and tricks on using B3 drawbars. This training will help you get a lot more out of your instrument and a complete understanding of the B3 Organs drawbars.

Topics include:
  • B3 Drawbar Settings
  • B3 Musical Genres
  • B3 Tips and Tricks
FM8 : FM Synthesizer Native Instruments

This tutorial demonstrates how the sonic potential of Native Instruments FM8 can move well beyond the confines of conventional FM synthesis. FM8s digital synthesizer is perfect for creating melodic and percussive sounds of the highest quality. You will learn many tips and techniques for using FM8s award winning synthesizer to uncover an unprecedented range of features and audio effects. You will be exposed to the unique arpeggiator and revolutionary sound-morphing feature along with a large selection of charismatic effects to add countless sound-shaping possibilities to your music.

Topics include:
  • Application Control Bar
  • The Browser
  • The Master Selection
  • The Effects Section
  • The Arpeggiator
  • Easy Editing
  • LFO's and Output Controls
  • Morph
  • Expert Settings


Copyright & Publishing Laws

Copyright and Publishing Law : For Musicians and Songwriters

The digital revolution has heralded and incredible innovations and technology advancement, with these advances the need to protect yourself and your music rights has never been greater. Attorney Brock Shinen will give you helpful tips and legal aspects of properly protecting your compositions. You will understand that with the new communication technologies and the Internet, a worldwide community can easily share and download information, images, music and other intellectual property simply with the click of a mouse. Brock covers what types of works can be protected, how to best ensure creative ownership, as well as promoting and exercising control over your intellectual property. In addition, learn about standard contract terms, the granting of rights, exclusivity, termination of rights and equitable compensation.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Understanding Ownership
  • Protecting Your Music
  • Getting It Out There
  • Typical Contract Terms


Woodwind & Brasswind Care

Woodwind/Brasswind : Maintenance & Quick Fixes

Taking excellent care of any musical instrument is essential to keep it in its optimum playing condition. In this tutorial Jeff Peterson demonstrates proper care and maintenance techniques that can prevent costly major repairs for any of your musical instruments. Jeff covers tips on how to properly assemble and disassemble your instrument, make emergency repairs to get you through your gig, and provides instruction on routine maintenance (valve oils, greasing slides, etc). He also demonstrates how to clean everything from the mouthpiece to the slides and tubing. This tutorial is aimed at both beginners and seasoned musicians.

Topics include:
  • Introduction
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Reeds
  • Mouthpieces
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
1 gigahertz (GHz)
1 GB
Operating Systems
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
Internet Explorer 8 or above
Google Chrome
Safari 6 or above
Mozilla Firefox
Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android
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