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  • view course page for One-Minute Weekly Songwriting Tips

    One-Minute Weekly Songwriting Tips breaks down the secrets of great songwriters. Get a weekly dose of songwriting inspiration and technical insights for writing better songs and making it in the music business.

    17m 30s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Producing Electronic Music in Ableton Live

  • view course page for Learn Music Memos: The Basics

    Learn how to use Music Memos to record music on your iPhone or iPad and then arrange, edit, and share your musical ideas.

    47m 35s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Podcasting: Business and Law

    Learn how to start a podcast , generate an income from your podcast, and avoid lawsuits.

    1h 5m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Using Ableton Link

    Using Ableton Link

    with Yeuda Ben-Atar

    Collaborate with other musicians using Ableton Link. Learn how to use Link to synchronize multiple computers and iOS devices to play in time with Ableton Live.

    8m 27s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Using KOMPLETE Sounds in MASCHINE

    Learn how to use the vast library of KOMPLETE sounds for songwriting and music production in MASCHINE.

    53m 1s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Producing Electronic Music in Logic Pro

  • view course page for Beat Making with MASCHINE

    Producer JK Swopes demonstrates how to create beats using MASCHINE's built-in sounds, expansions, and samples.

    1h 33m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for The Dos and Dont's of Attending a Music Conference

  • view course page for Advanced Instruments and Effects In REAKTOR

  • view course page for Up and Running with Omnisphere 2

    Up and Running with Omnisphere 2

    with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Learn how to use the sound libraries and powerful sound manipulation tools in Spectrasonics Omnisphere.

    2h 16m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Music Theory for Songwriters: Harmony

    Learn music theory through the lens of songwriting. These tutorials cover the basics of harmony: minor scales, modes, 7th chords, modulations, and more.

    2h 53m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for 20 Unofficial Rules of Songwriting

    Professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher reveals 20 unofficial songwriting rules that can make your songs more engaging and memorable.

    35m 34s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals

    Professional musician Julian Velard demonstrates the basics of music theory through the lens of songwriting. Learn about intervals, chord progressions, and voice leading, and using common song forms to organize your own musical ideas.

    2h 50m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Signal Processing with GUITAR RIG

    Learn about amplification, mic'ing, effects processing, and building racks for live performance with GUITAR RIG.

    1h 50m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Synthesis and Sampling with ABSYNTH

    Learn about everything from signal flow and patching to advanced signal processing in ABSYNTH, the semi-modular synthesis tool and powerful effects plugin included with KOMPLETE.

    2h 42m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for GarageBand Essential Training

    GarageBand is free and comes with every Mac. Learn how to lay down tracks with its built-in loops or record your own music with real instruments.

    4h 43m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Advanced Instrumentation and Sound Design with KONTAKT

  • view course page for Drum Programming and Sampling with BATTERY

  • view course page for Frequency Modulation with FM8

    Get up and running with FM8, the next gen FM synthesizer from Native Instruments.

    2h 22m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Digital Synthesis with MASSIVE

    Learn how to create out of this world sounds with MASSIVE, using its flexible and powerful filters and routing, audio processing, and modulation features.

    3h 35m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Songwriting in Reason

    Songwriting in Reason

    with Matt Piper

    Learn how to write, record, and mix songs—before the inspiration fades—with Reason.

    2h 13m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for The Dos and Don'ts of Songwriting Collaboration

    Professional songwriter Cliff Goldmacher explains the best practices for collaborating when songwriting, from planning the song's eventual promotion to keeping the co-write moving forward.

    24m 29s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with REAKTOR

    Up and Running with REAKTOR

    with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Learn how to use REAKTOR as a synth, a drum machine, a sampler, a sound generator, and a multi-effects processor.

    27m 28s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with ABSYNTH 5

    Up and Running with ABSYNTH 5

    with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Get up and running with ABSYNTH 5, a powerful synthesizer that allows for almost unlimited combinations of oscillators, modulations controls, and filters.

    41m 23s
    Beginner
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  • view course page for Music Law: Copyrighting a Song

    Learn how to get and protect copyrights for your songs, and understand the critical language, concepts, and business aspects of music copyright.

    1h 7m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Cubase Pro 8

    Get up and running with the essential features in Cubase Pro 8, the venerable DAW that produces cutting-edge sounds.

    4h 56m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with FM8

    Up and Running with FM8

    with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Get up and running with FM8 and its main sound-making components, including the Browser, Master, Effects, Arpeggiator, and Easy/Morph windows, in this quick FM8 training course.

    41m 25s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with KONTAKT 5

    Up and Running with KONTAKT 5

    with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Get a brief overview of the features, signal routing, and effects offered in KONTAKT 5.

    39m 41s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Write, Think, and Act Like a Professional Songwriter

  • view course page for Up and Running with Bitwig Studio

    Take your ideas and turn them into epic recordings and live performances—fast—with Bitwig Studio, the next-gen DAW designed specifically for electronic music.

    3h 48m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with GUITAR RIG

    Up and Running with GUITAR RIG

    with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Learn how to create unique sounds for guitar, bass, drums, synths, and even vocals, with the GUITAR RIG effects processor from Native Instruments.

    35m 2s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with BATTERY 4

    Up and Running with BATTERY 4

    with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Learn how to create drum sounds, beats, and effects with these tutorials for Native Instruments BATTERY 4.

    54m 13s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with MASSIVE

    Up and Running with MASSIVE

    with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Discover the power of MASSIVE, Native Instrument's popular and flexible soft synth for creating colossal-sounding basslines, leads, pads, and more.

    52m 51s
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for EDM Production Techniques: Extreme Sound Mangling

    Make electronic dance music that stands out from the rest, with these extreme sound-mangling techniques. Learn how to use vocoders, flangers, distortion, and more, to create a unique sound.

    3h 14m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Getting Started in the Business of Songwriting

    Get started in the business of songwriting. Learn about all of the major organizations, rights, and procedures that songwriters have to deal with in the music business.

    1h 20m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Synth Programming: Beyond the Basics

    Move beyond the basics of synth programming, and learn techniques for creating big moving basslines, evocative percussion patterns, and rich synth pads.

    1h 54m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Songwriting in Logic Pro

    Learn how to write your songs in Logic Pro. Get your demo ideas down quickly and polish them into songs worth presenting to your band mates, producer, publisher, or label.

    3h 37m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for EDM Production Techniques: Basslines

  • view course page for EDM Production Techniques: Drums

    EDM Production Techniques: Drums

    with J. Scott Giaquinta

    Learn how to create super-pro drum sounds for electronic dance music (EDM) productions.

    1h 47m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Songwriting in GarageBand

    Songwriting in GarageBand

    with Garrick Chow

    Learn how to write, record, and mix a song in GarageBand in 9 simple steps.

    1h 36m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Finale 2014 Essential Training

    Learn how to notate music in Finale, the industry recognized music notation software, and create professional lead sheets, tablature, or orchestral scores.

    7h 6m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Songwriting in Pro Tools

    Learn how to write a song in Pro Tools, one of the programs professional musicians turn to to record their song ideas quickly and then polish them into demos worth presenting to partners, producers, and record labels.

    1h 2m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Synth Programming Basics

    Synth Programming Basics

    with Scott Hirsch

    Learn how synthesis actually works, how to sculpt sound with filters and envelopes, and how to craft your own synth patches, including leads, pads, drums, and bass.

    1h 32m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Making Beats in Logic Pro X

    Start making music with Logic Pro X. Author and Logic Pro insider Dot Bustelo walks through every facet of basic drum programming in Logic Pro, including choosing the right drum kit for the beat, recording, quantizing, sampling, and slicing as well as using the new Logic X beat-making features of Drummer and Arpeggiator.

    4h 10m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for GarageBand for Mac New Features

    Discover the top 10 new features in GarageBand for Mac OS X 10.9, and how they can lead to better recordings.

    1h 14m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Sibelius 7 Essential Training

    Shows musicians how to create professional-looking scores, beginning with the basics of note entry and playback, with Sibelius, the popular music notation software.

    6h 4m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Finale 2012 Essential Training

    Shows how to notate musical scores that range from simple lead sheets and guitar tablature parts to detailed scores, bring them to life with instruments, and share them with an audience.

    6h 13m
    Beginner
     
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  • view course page for Remixing a Song in Logic Pro

    Demonstrates constructing a remix using only a pre-existing vocal track as a starting point.

    3h 19m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Sibelius 6 Essential Training

    Covers the ins and outs of creating, arranging, and publishing musical scores in Sibelius 6.

    5h 29m
    Beginner
     
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