Making Beats: 3 Producers Share Their Best Tips And Strategies

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This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of making beats.

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About This CourseBeginner

This course is an extension of Music Theory for Electronic Musicians, and Music Theory for Electronic Musicians 2, in which we learned how to work with the piano roll editor in a DAW to make harmonies, melodies, and whole tracks. In this class we expand on those ideas and work with harmonic patterns (harmony) that is more rich than just major and minor.

Production Techniques Through Theory

The most important part of this class is an extensive foray into using these techniques in actual tracks. I’ll be creating 9 tracks through this class, right along with you, each using a different technique so you can see exactly how I incorporate it right into my music.

Full Sessions

After each production project, I’ll give you the whole session of what I made using the techniques for you to play with. You can download it, expand on it, re-work it, and even release it as your work.

If Your Music is Missing Something, This is Probably It.

If you are finding that you are writing track after track, and while they sound good, there is something they are missing – then this it. You are missing the sense of harmony that professional producers have. In this class, I’ll arm you with all the tools you need to produce those tracks just like you imagine them.

Who should take this course?  Anyone interested in producing their own music. This will get you up and running and give your tracks a unique sound in no time.

Structure This course consists of video lectures, which all contain a session in Ableton Live 9. If you are using a different program (or none at all), no worries! This isn’t a class on how to use Ableton Live, and the concepts can be applied to any DAW.

What are the requirements?

  • Although Ableton Live is used in the class, students do not need to be Live users. But they should have access to some kind of audio program with MIDI sequencing. Garageband, Logic, or several free pieces of software all work great.
  • No MIDI instruments are required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand and apply new harmonic ideas to your songs
  • Produce music using techniques outside of just major and minor keys
  • Understand and use the 7 musical modes

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is ideal for music theory beginners, as well as student with some background in music theory.
  • Anyone who produces music, or aspires to produce music, should take the course.

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned the basics of making beats.

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Course Curriculum

Course Sections


Welcome To Making Beats: A Collaborative Class

Introducing Our Teachers

Overview Of Bjelo

Drum Racks

Making Your Own Drum Racks

Recording Drum Racks

Monitoring The Kick On A Separate Track

The Triplet Grid

Working With Controllers For Production

Connecting Controllers In Ableton Live

MIDI Mapping

The Push Interface

Back To Bjelo – Are We Ready?

Bjelo Video 1: Making Beats

Effect Racks

Setting Up Audio Effect Racks

Operator (In Ableton Live)

Exploring Operator

Velocity Tricks And Ghost Notes

Bjelo’s Effect Tricks

Bjelo Video 2 – Effects And Synthesis

The Groove Pool (in Ableton Live)

Bjelo Video 3: Grooves

A Few Words First

Automation And Effects

Bjelo Video 4: Completed Track

Introduction To CORA

Taking Advantage Of The Metronome

Quantizing Overview

Quantizing Tricks

Introducing CORA

CORA Video 1: Making Drums

CORA Video 2: Adding Bass Lines And Grooves

CORA Video 3: Keys And Harmony

Automation And Effects Review

CORA Video 4: Arrangements And Effects

CORA Video 5: Melody, Compression And Fine Tuning With CORA

CORA Video 6: Full Track


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