What is the course about?
Use Apple's fabulously simple but powerful Garageband software (included with all Macs) to help you realise your musical ideas. Record using a microphone and/or instruments and using a musical MIDI keyboard to play in (notate) musical ideas. Edit your tracks with easy-to-use tools in order to create a polished final product.
What will we cover?
- Building a track using loops/samples, MIDI input and audio recording
- Playing in musical ideas using a MIDI keyboard coupled with a variety of sounds that come free with the software
- MIDI editing to correct mistakes and/or to create ideas from scratch
- Basic mixing with attention to sound balance and stereo position.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Build a track from a variety of instruments and recordings
- Play in musical ideas using a MIDI keyboard and Garageband's realistic software instruments
- Edit this MIDI information to correct mistakes in playing and create ideas from scratch
- Perform a basic mix with attention to sound balance and stereo position.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone who wishes to learn how to put this exciting technology to creative use, and is suitable for
beginners in music technology. Some familiarity with Mac computers is useful.
You will need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take
notes in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will work on an individual Mac workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
It is useful to have access to GarageBand outside class to continue work after the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Notepad, pen, own memory stick/storage device for saving work.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to:
* move on to Apple's Logic software, the professional 'big brother' to Garageband
* develop further your skills in mixing, production and mastering, or Vocal recording techniques
* explore your creative side in Sonic Arts, Max/MSP workshop, Arduino
* learn how to notate music using Sibelius
* learn how to promote your music through Music business skills, or Promoting your music online
See Music Technology and Digital Audio Production to see the full range of courses. For advice email the Music Department or phone us on (020) 7492 2630
The Music department also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble and musicianship courses.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details