Music Technology Lessons

Learn to record instruments and produce tracks in any genre

Tuition for Degrees, A-Levels and GCSEs

My 2:1 Music Technology BA (Hons) qualification, in-the-field professional recording and production experience and related teacher training, put me in a good position to provide quality music technology lessons to developing engineers.

The Recording Studio

Of course, it definitely helps that I am the manager (designer and builder) of a recording studio called Studio Z located at Z-Arts in Hulme, Manchester.

Flip through the photos on the right or head to the studio website for a closer look.

The Elements of Music Technology Lessons

 

Different engineers / composers / producers will be interested in learning different elements of the discipline through a set of music technology lessons. The direction usually depends on the genre of music that’s of most interest to the student. Below is a list of areas that I can cover:

Recording Technique

This discipline ranges from the theoretical knowledge of microphone behaviour (polar patterns etc), room acoustics, gain staging and phase relationships through to the desired end point of capturing a really good recording of a voice, guitar, drum kit or other acoustic instrument.

Using a Mixing Desk

Whilst not strictly a discipline of it’s own, it’s rare that you’ll partake in any large recording project without encountering a mixing desk at the heart of it. There are a lot of buttons and knobs and it’s nice to know what they do.

Synths / Synthesizers / Samplers

Plenty of music genres rely on electronically produced sounds or samples from existing songs. It’s perfectly possible to produce a track without picking up a conventional acoustic instrument yourself. To get the most out of digital instruments there’s a host acronyms to unravel and understand. Do you know your ADSR’s from your LFO’s?

Mixing and Production

Regardless of how you’ve generated your sounds, acoustically or digitally, the composition needs to be mixed and produced. Gates, EQ’s, Compressors, Delays, Reverbs and other effects are all part of this. I’m able to teach the theory of how these different components work and how they should be applied to your music.

Mastering

Similar to Mixing and Production but more general, subtle and final. Designed to boost and enhance a track that has already been mixed well, and take it to another level, ready for your audience.

 

All of the above can be taught in music technology lessons purely as theory, or through using the tools in Digital Audio Workstations such as:

 

  • Logic X
  • Pro Tools
  • Reason
  • Ableton Live
  • Reaver