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Introduction To Music Production Masterclass
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8h 58m

This course is designed for those interested to learn the basics of music production, you will be making your own original tracks on your own computer.

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8h 58m


Jason Allen is a PhD in music, and was recently named one of the semi-finalists for the Grammy Foundations "Music Educator" award.

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About This Course

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner students looking to explore audio production.
  • Experienced producers looking to create a solid “foundation” of tools.
  • Anyone curious about how music production works!

What you’ll learn: 

  • A brief history of Digital Audio
  • Music Production: hardware, buying hardware, and what to look for
  • Software: The DAW
  • Working on the Grid: Rhythm and Meter
  • Working with Audio
  • A brief history of MIDI
  • How MIDI works
  • MIDI Effects
  • Working on the Grid: Incorporating MIDI
  • Working with Loops
  • Drum Programming
  • Introduction to Synthesis
  • Synthesis with Samplers


  • This course starts at the very beginning, and is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of music production.


Software version used in the course: 

  • This course is NOT specific to any DAW program.
  • I’ll be using Ableton Live Suite 10 and 11 in this course as my main DAW, but if you are using any other program you will be able to follow along just fine. That includes Logic, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Reaper, Reason, Cubase, or any of the others. My method in this class is to teach concepts, so whatever I do, you will be able to do it in your own software.

This course is “5-Star Certified” by the International Association of Online Music Educators and Institutions (IAOMEI). This course has been independently reviewed by a panel of experts and has received a stellar 5-star rating.

This class is for anyone who has wondered what music production is all about. Especially:

  • Aspiring Producers: If you are just getting started with music production, this course will be the swiss army knife that you will keep in your belt forever.
  • Musicians: If you have wanted to improve your compositions by understanding the tools of electronic music production, recording, and sound design work, this class is for you.
  • Producers: If you are making tracks that rely on presets, and want to learn how to craft your own sounds, this is the course for you.
  • Songwriters: Improve your compositions by understanding how to use the latest tools in your songs, and record them!

In this class, we start with the very basics: What kinds of tools do I need to produce music? We explore the various tools, then we start to learn how to use them for making professional music. By the end of this class, you will be making your own tracks on your own computer (no matter if it is a Mac or a PC!)

This course follows the tried-and-true curriculum that I’ve used for my Music Technology 101 class at my university position. I’m excited to be able to make it available to you, at 0.001% of the cost of a University class.

The goal of this class is for you to learn how to make original music on the tools you already have, or can get access to inexpensively.

If you are ready to start making professional-sounding tracks, this is the class that will start you on that journey. Get started today.

Dr. Allen is a university music professor. In 2017, Star Tribune Business featured him as a “Mover and a Shaker,” and he is recognized by the Grammy Foundation for his music education classes. 

Our Promise to You

By the end of this course, you will have learned music production extensively.

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Course Curriculum

Section 1 - Welcome And Overview
Introduction 00:00:00
What We Will Cover 00:00:00
What Is An Ableton Certified Trainer? 00:00:00
How To Use This Class 00:00:00
Section 2 - A Brief History Of Digital Audio
Analog Audio 00:00:00
The Oldest Known Recording Of A Human 00:00:00
Edison 00:00:00
Bell Labs And Max Mathews 00:00:00
Advances Since Mathews 00:00:00
The Difference Between Analog And Digital 00:00:00
Section 3 - Hardware: What Gear Do I Need?
Mac Or PC? 00:00:00
Laptop Or Desktop? 00:00:00
The ADC And The DAC 00:00:00
The Audio Interface 00:00:00
Speakers Or Headphones? 00:00:00
Microphones 00:00:00
External Hard Drives 00:00:00
My Setup At Home 00:00:00
Section 4 - Software: The DAW
What Is A DAW? 00:00:00
What To Look For In A DAW 00:00:00
A Highly Opinionated List Of Common DAWs 00:00:00
For The Money… 00:00:00
The 4 Sections In Every DAW 00:00:00
The Timeline 00:00:00
The Mixer 00:00:00
The Effects Section 00:00:00
The Transport 00:00:00
Nearly Universal Key Commands 00:00:00
Care And Feeding Of Your DAW 00:00:00
Section 5 - Working On The Grid: Rhythm And Meter
What Is The Grid? 00:00:00
Horizontal = Time 00:00:00
Vertical = Tracks 00:00:00
How DAWs Handle Meter 00:00:00
Vocabulary: Downbeats, Upbeats, And Offbeats 00:00:00
Elements Of The Beat: Kick, Snare, Hi Hats 00:00:00
Building The Worlds Most Basic Beat 00:00:00
Placing The Kick 00:00:00
Placing The Snare 00:00:00
Placing The Hi Hats 00:00:00
Having Fun With Hi Hats 00:00:00
Looping And Consolidating 00:00:00
Section 6 - Working With Audio
Audio Is Finicky 00:00:00
Looking At Waveforms 00:00:00
Sine Waves 00:00:00
Clipping 00:00:00
File Formats 00:00:00
The Sample Rate 00:00:00
The Nyquist Theorem 00:00:00
What Frequencies Do We Really Need? 00:00:00
The Bit Rate 00:00:00
Standards For Sample Rate And Bit Rate 00:00:00
Section 7 - A Brief History Of MIDI
The Dawn Of Electronic Instruments 00:00:00
The Theremin 00:00:00
What Happened To Leon? 00:00:00
The Moog 00:00:00
Wendy Carlos 00:00:00
What Happened In 1981 00:00:00
The MIDI 1.0 Spec Is Born 00:00:00
MIDI Instruments Today 00:00:00
MIDI Guitars 00:00:00
Other Uses Of MIDI 00:00:00
Section 8 - What Is MIDI?
MIDI Is A Protocol 00:00:00
MIDI Is Not Audio 00:00:00
MIDI Channels 00:00:00
Anatomy Of A MIDI Message 00:00:00
Note On Errors 00:00:00
Velocity Tracing 00:00:00
Advantages Of MIDI 00:00:00
Adjusting Notes 00:00:00
Section 9 - MIDI Effects
What Are MIDI Effects? 00:00:00
Arpeggiator 00:00:00
Chord 00:00:00
Note Echo 00:00:00
Note Length 00:00:00
Pitch 00:00:00
Random 00:00:00
Scale 00:00:00
Quantize 00:00:00
Can You Use Audio Effects On A MIDI Track? 00:00:00
Printing MIDI Effects 00:00:00
Here Is That Goofy Track 00:00:00
Section 10 - Working On The Grid: Incorporating MIDI
MIDI And Audio Are Friends 00:00:00
Velocity Editing 00:00:00
Automation 00:00:00
Panning Automation 00:00:00
Binary Automation 00:00:00
Audio Effect Automation 00:00:00
MIDI Effect Automation 00:00:00
Tempo Automation 00:00:00
Automating Anything 00:00:00
Walkthrough Of A Whole Track 00:00:00
Section 11 - Working With Loops
Finding Loops For Free 00:00:00
File Types 00:00:00
Automatically Warping Loops 00:00:00
Fixing A Poorly Warped Track 00:00:00
Let’s Do That Again…. 00:00:00
Transients 00:00:00
Breaking A Loop For Fun 00:00:00
Flattening Loops 00:00:00
Stacking Loops 00:00:00
Making Your Own Loops 00:00:00
Creating A Loop Library 00:00:00
Section 12 - Introduction To Synthesis And Sound Design
Sound Design In Ableton Live 00:00:00
Workflow: Working With Live’s Instruments 00:00:00
Quick MIDI Refresher 00:00:00
MIDI Clips 00:00:00
Fold To Scale 00:00:00
Important Key Commands 00:00:00
Sound Design Basics 00:00:00
Synthesis Types 00:00:00
Synthesis Elements 00:00:00
Live’s Analog Synth 00:00:00
Basic Outline 00:00:00
Programming Analog 00:00:00
The LFO 00:00:00
Saving And Loading Patches 00:00:00
Analog Patch From This Section 00:00:00
Section 13 - Synthesis With Samplers
The Sample And The Sampler 00:00:00
Exploring Samplers 00:00:00
The Simpler And The Sampler 00:00:00
Using Simpler (Classic Mode) 00:00:00
Simpler In 1-Shot Mode 00:00:00
Simpler In Slice Mode 00:00:00
Using Sampler 00:00:00
Multisamples And Zones 00:00:00
Sampler Orchestra Library Example 00:00:00
Section 14 - Starting From Scratch
Let’s Make A Track 00:00:00
Where Do We Start? 00:00:00
Using A Guide Track 00:00:00
Programming The Drums 00:00:00
The Harmony 00:00:00
Adding Strings? 00:00:00
The Bass 00:00:00
The Super Top Secret Of Making Tracks Quickly 00:00:00
Section 15 - Wrap Up
What Comes Next? 00:00:00
Thanks For Watching! 00:00:00