3 Day Music Clinic
WHO IS THIS FOR?
This three-day workshop is ideal for high-school students who are curious about studying audio engineering and music production as a potential career.
It is also a great introductory experience to professional recording, songwriting, and the tools that are involved.
Whether someone is a musician or a creative technician, they will be able to learn, network, and get hands on while experimenting with a wide array or equipment and software.
Through narrated demonstrations and group labs, attendees will gain a solid understanding of the workflow and signal flow of the recording and mixing process.
Day 1: The Studio: 6-hours
Orientation (1 hr.): Framing the workshop and getting to know one another
Lesson #1 (1.5 hr.): Overview of the music business – “tools of the trade” – Guest speaker
- What does an audio engineer actually do?
- Are there different types of engineers?
- What are traditional inroads to becoming an engineer?
- What is the difference between producing and engineering?
- What equipment and resources are essential for both?
- What are related careers?
Lesson #2 (1.5 hr.): Recording studio signal flow and equipment overview
- How to setup your recording environment and special tips for home studios.
- Preamplifiers, mixers/consoles, and interfacing with a computer.
- What type of microphones are best for vocals and instruments?
Lab #1 (1.5 hr.): Narrated vocal recording demo assisted and observed by students
- Pro Tools software introduction
- Recording, mixing and editing live vocal talent
Day 2: Elements of a Song: 6-hours
Lesson #3 (1.5 hrs.): Music theory basics
- Starting with a time signature (basic rhythm).
- Selecting a tempo that fits your creative energy.
- What is a key signature and how to “play by the rules”.
Group Activity (1 hr.): Critical listening to suggested songs
- What are characteristics of popular genres?
- Examining song structure.
- Listening for FX being used.
Lesson #4 (1.5 hr.): Music production equipment and software
- What is the difference between Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton, etc.?
- Drum machines, keyboard synthesizers, controllers, and instruments explained.
Lab #3 (1.5 hr.): Narrated beat production demo assisted and observed by students
- Instructor or special guest improvises a beat on the fly while it is being narrated
- Students experiment with various production tools and instruments for remainder of time
Day 3: Mixing a Song: 6-hours
Lesson #5 (1.5 hrs.): Gathering and organizing files
- What file types are common and best?
- Sample rate and bit rate
- Compressed or uncompressed digital audio
- Working with established templates for both quality and convenience.
- How to import and export files for mixing or listening.
- Sharing organizational tips and tricks before beginning a mix.
Lesson #6 (1.5 hr.): Controlling sound with processors
- What are the main tools for improving or fixing the quality or sounds?
- What type of processors are used to add creative FX?
- What are the pro’s and con’s of hardware vs. plugins?
Group Activity (1 hr.): Examining a finished mix
- How is the routing set up?
- What FX are being used?
- What advanced mixing techniques are being applied?
Lab #4 (1.5 hr.): Open-studio time for playing with equipment
- Students collaborate while operating production equipment and software.
- Students are guided by instructor
special thanks for the support from
- Studio Dmi -
- Mercedes-Benz of Henderson -
Our partners Inspiring Children Foundation
B-Sharp Foundation is a 501c3 non profit. The tax ID number for tax-free donations is 26053411006286. All donations are tax deductible.
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