Digital Music Production
Producer and percussionist Charles Burchell welcomes you to his digital music studio to play around with the tools and ideas behind much of the popular music of the last 50 years. Charles walks you through the different components of digital music production, providing a step-by-step approach to creating loops, beats, basslines, melodies, and arrangements. He demonstrates techniques for creating new music in a range of digital programs, so you can begin creating your digital music right away. You can use whatever computer program you would like to follow along with this course, but we recommend SoundTrap for any producer just getting started.
Break It Down
Digital Music Production | Part One: Loops
Explore the origins of modern digital music production and learn how to create loops that will form the basis of your original music.
Digital Music Production | Part Two: Drums
Groove along with Charles as he breaks down the parts of the drum set and uses a digital sequencer to create new drumbeats.
Digital Music Production | Part Three: Bass
Establish the foundation of your original piece of music with a bassline that connects with the drums and sets up the harmonic space for your new tracks.
Digital Music Production | Part Four: Melody and Harmony
Find the perfect hook as you try out different approaches to creating melodies for your new song.
Digital Music Production| Part Five: Arrangement
Put all of your new digital loops together into a structure that tells a compelling story and provides surprises for your listeners.