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Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of music production courses on Skillshare?
We tried a whole bunch, and narrowed down our top 3 picks in this list.
If you’re looking to learn music production for free, read on.
Learn Music Production For Free
When it comes to learning new skills or information, or just brushing up existing knowledge, Skillshare is a platform where you can learn from teachers alongside classes of other students around the globe – all at your own pace. The courses are interactive, have homework and assignments, and a great support network in the ways of class participation in public channels, with full guidance from the teachers.
My experience with Skillshare.
I have personally been a member for a few years now, and while I haven’t yet eclipsed the 20 000+ classes they offer, I have managed to teach myself a bunch of new skills. Mixing, sound design, graphic design, photo editing, productivity/creativity hacks, and most recently – blogging and marketing. All of these topics have had some great classes and some that have totally changed the way I operate in some areas.
Skillshare’s usually $10 a month, but we’re currently running a promotion with them that gives you free access.
That’s unlimited access to over 18,000 classes on everything from music production and recording, to design, photography, video skills and more.
3 Essential Skillshare Classes For Music Producers
1. Learn How to Mix Music with Young Guru
Throughout his career, Young Guru has earned his reputation as one of the most renowned recording and mixing engineers in music today. Having worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, Drake, and Kanye West, Young Guru has received several Grammy nominations for his works and collaborations.
Fast forward to now with the ever-growing world of online education outlets, Guru has decided offer his skills, secrets and vast amounts of industry knowledge in the form of several Skillshare courses.
This online Skillshare class is made up of four sections, which include exclusive videos and materials broken up into the following lessons:
Organizing a Mix – working with the basic components to a DIY mix, which include the Digital Audio Workstation [DAW], the tracks, and the controls, and how to optimally organize all of the audio information and tools for the task at hand
Determining Levels – how to arrange levels in accordance with the artist’s vision for the song
Adding Effects – how to work with basic effects like phasers, enhancers, reverb and delays, as well as create negative space or blend/fade where appropriate
Tonal Balance – how to recognize when perfect tonal balance has been achieved
Jason Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. Allen teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN., and is an Ableton Live Certified Instructor. He has a PhD in music composition, 2 Master’s degrees in music composition and electronic music, and a bachelors degree in guitar performance.
Another offering for Skillshare, Jason has used his extensive knowledge and repertoire to develop a “class designed for the electronic musician that wants to take their tracks to the next level.”
In this course, students will focus on learning how to organize pitches and rhythms to make dynamic and interesting melodies and harmonies.
It is stated that no experience with music theory is necessary, nor is playing an instrument and reading music. Your computer and DAW is all that’s required to get started right away!
Mixing isn’t about inserting a bunch of fancy and expensive plugins hoping to get a radio ready sound. Rather it’s all about strategic use of a few key effects that you already own.
Graham Cochrane, Teacher and founder of The Recording Revolution goes over the ins and outs of getting a professional sounding mix with only the stock, onboard plug-ins that come with your DAW. I found this course quite insightful as I was one of those people that swore stock plugs were for amateurs and always thought I needed the best and latest releases (oh, how mistaken I was).
Through strategic use of EQ, compression, reverb, delay and distortion, students will take tracks recorded in a home studio and polish them up to commercial standards.
You’ll learn how to:
Process your master fader
Harness parallel compression in multiple ways to fatten up your mix
Get clarity through a few simple EQ moves.
This class is ideal for the bedroom or project studio musician who has a basic working knowledge of their DAW but wants to learn how to take their mixes to the next level.
Whether your a beginner, intermediate or advanced learner, there’s definitely something for every musician and producer across all skill levels. If you’re feeling swamped by choice though, give our list a try.