Computers and Music

Computers and Music



This course is designed for those wishing to compose and produce music with computers and other music hardware and software.

The course is divided into a number of modules - you can choose to take the modules that you need - eg: if you already have an electronic music setup you probably don’t need the first module which deals with purchasing, setting up and installation. See the programme section below for more details.

The course is made up of a combination of videos and face to face sessions, either at our studio or via ZOOM, FaceTime or Skype.

Module 1:

1.    An introduction to making music with computers and software
2.    What equipment (hardware and software do you need to get started?
3.    Connecting the bits together and learning about a signal path
4.    Testing the system

Module 2:  

1.    The concept of the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
2.    Working with DAW software
3.    Samples, software instruments and live recordings
4.    Making your first song
5.    Making a live recording with a microphone

Module 3:

1.    Editing your tracks
2.    Basic mixing - fundamentals
3.    Using and understanding plagins
4.    Compressors, EQ and Reverb
5.    Creating a mix
6.    Mastering
7.    Preparing for distribution

Additional Materials:

Videos from the Science of Sound course

  •  Understanding basic concepts of digital sound
  •  Ability to create a working computer audio setup
  •  Being able to compose a song, recording and creating tracks, missing and mastering it
  •  Producing a song /composition

Previous musical knowledge is not required but it will be beneficial if:

1) You have basic computer literacy
2) Have a computer or laptop, a pair of speakery and a basic MIDI keyboard. If you don't have any of these things, don't worry. Advising you and helping you acquire and setup the appropriate hardware and software is part of the course!
3) You have an idea of what kind of music you like and would want to compose / create