An Introduction to Home Recording and Music Production
Next course starts 27 April 2017
'The course surpassed my expectations...and gave me so much information and so many skills that I could take away and work with on my own.'
– A. Lyons
Introducing Music Technology is a practical, hands-on course designed to teach absolute beginners how a PC and inexpensive home studio technology can be used to record and produce virtually anything at home.
Working at PC workstations in the New School’s Music Technology Lab, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to home recording and music production through a variety of hands-on projects. You will learn about:
- The Musical Spectrum. EQ bands and their musical relevance
- Microphones & Recording. Mic types, techniques and positioning for vocal, guitar and instrumental recording
- Effects. Compression, reverb, delay, chorus, flanging & pitch shifting
- Programming. Programming drum and synth phrases using a built-in drum machine and sequencer
- Synthesis. Envelopes, filters, oscillators and creating new sounds with a built-in synthesiser
- Sampling. Sampling and editing loops and creating new sounds
- Sequencing & Editing. Sequencing each of the above parts into an arrangement, effectively turning your PC into a multi-track recorder
- Mixing & Effects. Achieving the all-important final mix, using built-in mixers, effects units and dynamic processors
- Audio Mastering. The zero dB ideal and mastering techniques
At the end of the course you can take home your own studio mix of the material you have worked on (participants should bring along a USB memory stick for this). You will also take home a practical understanding of the range of possibilities modern home recording and software studio technology opens up to the professional and amateur alike.
Although participants should have a working knowledge of the PC and Windows operating system (previous experience with any Windows-based software is enough), no previous musical training, knowledge of music technology or ability to read music is necessary.
Introducing Music Technology is a group music technology / production course. Private and intensive music technology lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Music Technology – Private & Intensive Lessons for more information.
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Comments from Students
'Thank you Waltons New School of Music for providing a course I had been looking around for and for delivering on its promises. Superb tutor!'
– K. Harnett
'I learned so much.... The teacher was excellent with a wide knowledge of the field.'
– P. Scully
'Very enjoyable course, with all details well explained by a knowledgeable and friendly teacher.'
– B. Clancy
'Essential for anyone interested in recording music at home.'
– D. Fox
'Very well explained by an interested and enthusiastic teacher.'
– J. Eaton
'A great introduction.... User-friendly, with a tutor very knowledgeable about the subject.'
– L. Frost
'A great course. Would definitely recommend it. I learned so much...'
– J. McDonald
'Great course. Software well explained [and] no other school teaches Reason and Cubase at this price.'
– J. O'Neill
Have you taken – or are you taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.
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Francis Long, Teacher
Fran has been involved in the music business for many years. At the age of eight he joined the Artane Boys Band, where he learned to play the clarinet, oboe and the bell lyre – before moving on to guitar (in which he earned both an ABRSM diploma and an LTCL diploma) and bass. He has played professionally with different bands, releasing several CDs and recording various artists, including Cathy Davey. His most recent project is the band torc, which released the album The Last Love Song in 2011. Fran has worked in several music shops and was Manager of Waltons Music for five years. In addition to teaching guitar, banjo, mandolin and music technology at the New School since 2003, he has also facilitated workshops at the Ballyfermot Community Centre aimed at helping young people understand the music business and teaches outreach guitar courses for our In-School Music Programme.
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2016-2017 Third Term Course Schedule & Fee
10 weeks, 27 April – 29 June 2017
Thursdays 6.30 – 8 pm
Tuition Fee: €280
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Most of our group courses are fully booked well in advance of their start dates, so early enrolment is recommended.
Purchasing this course as a gift? Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.
Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.
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