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Introducing Music Technology

A Group Course for Beginners

Next course starts 19 April 2018.

‘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 an essential introduction to home recording and music production through a variety of hands-on projects. Topics covered include:

  • 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.

Alice Jago

Alice JagoAlice is an award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and teacher from Dublin. She has shared the stage, both in Ireland and abroad, with many prominent Irish and international musicians and groups, including Damien Dempsey, Elvis Costello, Eric Bogle, Mic Christopher, Miles Hunt (The Wonderstuff), Roger McGuinn (The Byrds), Paul Heaton (Beautiful South, Housemartins), Bell X1, Calexico, The Frames, The Walls, The Be Good Tanyas and Republic of Loose. She is also a trained sound engineer, having studied Music Production for Games at Griffith College, received a Diploma in Music Technology & Sound Engineering from the Sound Training Centre and received an MPhil degree in Music and Media Technologies from Trinity College Dublin. Alice has been awarded the RTÉ/RAAP Breakthrough Artist Bursary and an Artist-in-Residence Bursary from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and she was the Contemporary Music Centre’s first Summer Residency recipient. Hotpress magazine described her songs as sounding ‘like they were written 200 years ago, and may well be written again 200 years from now.’

‘Very enjoyable course, with all details well explained by a knowledgeable and friendly teacher.’
– B. Clancy

‘Very well explained by an interested and enthusiastic teacher.’
– J. Eaton

‘Essential for anyone interested in recording music at home.’
– D. Fox

‘A great introduction…. User-friendly, with a tutor very knowledgeable about the subject.’
– L. Frost

‘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. Hartnett

‘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

‘I learned so much…. The teacher was excellent with a wide knowledge of the field.’
– P. Scully

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2017-2018 Third Term Course Schedule & Fee

10 weeks, 19 April – 21 June 2018
Thursdays 6.30 – 8 pm

Tuition Fee: €280

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. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.


Purchasing this course as a gift?
Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.


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