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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in MIDI, Synthesis & Sampling

MODULE 1:
Introduction to MIDI
MIDI is straightforward to use in a simple way, but to get the best from it it is important to understand and become fluent in its most important methods and techniques.
MODULE 2:
MIDI pitchbend and controllers
This module describes and demonstrates MIDI pitchbend, and controllers such as the modulation wheel and sustain pedal.
MODULE 3:
Editing MIDI notes
One advantage of MIDI over audio is that any wrongly played notes can be corrected, or a mediocre performance can be tweaked to perfection.
MODULE 4:
MIDI quantization
Quantization can make a sloppy performance sound professional. Taken too far however it can remove the humanity from the performance. This module demonstrates how a good balance can be found.
MODULE 5:
Subtractive synthesis
From the introduction of the Minimoog in the 1970s, subtractive synthesis has been an important component of many genres of music. This module explores the basics of subtractive synthesis.
MODULE 6:
Subtractive synthesis 2 - Filters
Following on from the previous module this module concentrates on filters in the subtractive synthesizer, concentrating on the low-pass filter and voltage control relating to the VCF (voltage controlled filter).
MODULE 7:
Subtractive synthesis 3 = Envelope generator
This module explains and demonstrates the attack, decay, sustain and release phases of the envelope generator of the subtractive synthesizer with reference to the VCA (voltage controlled amplifier) and VCF.
MODULE 8:
Subtractive synthesis 4 - Modulation and portamento
This module covers some of the embellishments of the subtractive synthesizer and examines some of the classic synth sounds and how they are made.
MODULE 9:
Sampling
Although many engineers and producers use sample libraries, it is relatively uncommon to create samples from scratch. This however ignores the potential creativity that sampling can offer.
MODULE 10:
Sampling 2 - Looping
This module explains and demonstrates how a short sample can be looped so that it can play back indefinitely. Looping is easy to do technically, but requires an attentive ear to fine tune to perfection.
MODULE 11:
Sampling 3 - Multisample
Although one sample can be recorded and played back at any pitch, it is often better to record several samples at different pitches and spread them out over the keyboard.
MODULE 12:
Sampling 4 - Multisample with velocity zones
Further fine tuning the sample, it is possible to record samples at different loudness levels and assign them to velocity zones for added realism.

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in MIDI, Synthesis & Sampling

This course covers the principles of MIDI, synthesis and sampling that can be applied in any DAW, any synthesizer, and any sampler. This course does not teach the operation of particular DAWs, synthesizers or samplers for which we recommend the product manuals. The course covers principles that can be applied to all DAWs, synthesizers and samplers so that students can work comfortably with any software or hardware with such functions.

Topics include...

  • The principles of MIDI including connections, MIDI messages, note number, note-on, note-off, velocity, pitch bend, aftertouch, controllers, volume, MIDI files, MIDI timecode etc.
  • MIDI editing including notes, quantization, velocity, duration etc.
  • Subtractive synthesis including oscillators, filters, envelope generators, low-frequency oscillator, noise generator, sample and hold, sequencing as found in synthesizers, arpeggiators, portamento etc.
  • Other types of synthesis where they differ from subtractive synthesis including FM, wavetable, additive.
  • Sampling including recording samples, trimming, looping, original pitch, key zones, velocity zones, mute groups etc.

Practical assignment projects

The course also features twelve practical assignment projects for you to carry out in your own home recording studio.

Assignments include...

  • Basic MIDI including note-on, note-off
  • MIDI 2 including pitch bend and controllers
  • MIDI 3 including editing such as notes, duration, fixing overlaps and short notes
  • MIDI 4 including quantization
  • Synthesis 1 including oscillators and filters
  • Synthesis 2 including envelope generator and LFO
  • Synthesis 3 including portamento, arpeggiator, sequencer
  • Synthesis 4 - practical patches
  • Sampling 1 - sampling an acoustic or electric instrument
  • Sampling 2 - breakbeat sampling, editing and manipulation
  • Sampling 3 - keyboard mapping and velocity zones
  • Sampling 4 - virtual instrument creation

Requirements

Equipment and software:

  • Modern digital audio workstation software such as Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Pro, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper, Ableton Live, or similar.
  • Subtractive synthesis software
  • Sampling software
  • Audio interface with two or more microphone inputs and phantom power
  • Headphone or loudspeaker monitoring

IMPORTANT

This course is staged, meaning that each module must be completed before access to the next is available. Modules can be taken at one per week, or at any pace slower than that within the one full year enrollment period. All course materials can be printed, saved or downloaded to keep permanently.

Please read the above paragraph carefully. We cannot allow any exceptions.

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