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Music technology courses: overview

Story added 24th Jun 2020


Here is on overview of courses available at City Lit. See the listing of currently available course dates and times or click through to the more detailed course outlines from the titles below. We hope you will be inspired to start – or continue – your creative journey!

Visit our Music technology equipment advice blog for detailed information about platforms, devices, programs and apps.

Recording, editing, mixing

Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips covers the basics of audio recording and editing, suitable for students, amateurs and professionals. Some knowledge of audio software (any program) needed.

Vocal recording: production techniques focusses on more complex elements of vocal recording, including mic and room set-up, reverb, tuning, and the psychology of recording singers. Good knowledge of  any standard audio software is needed on this course.

GarageBand: create and edit your own music introduces you to an easily accessible audio recording, editing and production program. Suitable for beginners.

Music production with Logic is a sequence of courses to learn how to use Apple's industry standard software for audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording through to sophisticated functions such as ESX24 sampler, Flextime, drum replacement, parallel compression, and using busses. Join the sequence of courses at the stage suited to your existing skills.

Music production for experienced software users: Using Logic or using another program (Cubase, ProTools) develop your own projects to create professional sounding mixes by improving elements such as EQ, panning, compression, separation, depth of field and clarity.

Sampling, beat-making and synth programming covers skills from working with loops and patch phrasing to drum layering and programming commonly used synth sounds. Suitable for beginners.

Creating drums and beats goes further into patch phrasing, quantising, swing and shuffle, drum layering and EQ.

BBC radiophonic workshop techniques explore the techniques of the classic 1950s reel-to-reel electronic studio using specialist emulator software. Techniques can be applied in other software as well. Suitable for beginners.


Live interactive electronic music

Sonic arts: creativity with sound uses handheld microphones (e.g. your own phone) and simple circuits to create your own recordings, performances and sound installations.

Sonic Arts 2: interactive projects develops your skills to create individual projects using simple technology, including pre-recorded samples and electronic sounds, light and motion sensors.

Max/MSP: interactive music performance software is a highly versatile program that allows you to design your own realtime audio and video processing for live performance and interactive artist installation work.


Music notation

Sibelius: music notation software (for beginners) and Sibelius notation software: tips and tricks (for established users)
An elegant, user-friendly but sophisticated music notation program, with tools for producing printed scores and parts, audio files, and musical material to interact with other audio and video programs. Ideal for composers, arrangers, songwriters, teachers, students of music theory. Good knowledge of conventional music notation and basic computer skills needed.


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