Beatmaker 1

Oct 24 – Dec 14, 2016 [Term 4 Course]

No matter what kind of rhythm-focussed music you’re into, whether it’s EDM, Hiphop, Dubstep, Salsa, Cumbia, or any other kind of beats, there is one thing that sets great beatmakers apart from the rest – musicality. Beatmaker 1 is where you can learn how to program, play and mix the grooves that you’re into. This 4-week course incorporates the fundamentals of beatmaking using Ableton and Push, as well as any other MPC-style MIDI controller, as well as sound design and mixing beats. Learn the theory behind how rhythm works, the fundamental tricks of the trade used by drummers and percussionists in making beats, with applications to current beatmaking workflows in Ableton Live.

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Things you will learn in this course:
  • An accessible introduction to rhythmic theory and grooves.
  • Take-home exercises to develop your beat playing and programming.
  • A range of current beat styles from electronic and pop music.
  • Create your own drum and percussion sounds.
  • Using Sound Design and Mixing with beats.
  • Using beats to structure songs, and songs to structure beats.
  • How to analyse and de-construct your favourite beats and flip them for your own beatmaking.
When and where does the course happen?
  • Classes are usually on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at 6.30pm
  • Venue: Soundbyte Studios, 187 Carr Place, Leederville [Map Link]
  • Oct 24 – Dec 14, 2016 [Term 4 Course]
  • Classes limited to 8 students per class (see class details below)

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  • You will need to bring your own Mac or PC laptop, charger and headphones, with at least a Demo version of Ableton Live installed. We can provide these items in-class if you give us 24 hours notice, and we can hire them to you for the duration of the course for an additional fee.
  • A basic understanding of the fundamentals of Ableton Live use is highly recommended for this course. If you are a little rusty on Live skills, you may like to book a 1-on-1 lesson with us to scrub up your skills.

Beatmaker 1 Curriculum Guide

We’ve designed a Beatmaking course that makes a deeper understanding of rhythm, sound design and song structure easy and accessible. With 10 total hours of tuition, we cover 4 main areas: How beats are made, rhythm theory, designing and mixing your own sounds and beats, and structuring your beats. The course is supported by a collection of resources – Live Sets, Drum Rack Devices, Max for Live Devices, and a comprehensive course manual.

Week 1: How beats work!

Beats are a combination of two main elements: rhythm and sound. The first week introduces an innovative and accessible system for hearing, counting and creating beats that allows for understanding of any rhythm, be it simple or complex. We also explore the kinds of sounds used to make up beats, and what their function is. We visit a selection of well-known rhythms and beats from electronic and pop music, as well as some more traditional rhythms that are applicable to modern music, and deconstruct their function and form.

Week 3: Beatmaking Sound Design and Mixing

This class covers a range of beatmaking techniques on the sonic level – from the micro of creating your own drum and percussion sounds, to the macro of mixing your beats with the other elements in your song. Learn how to make your drums and percussion sound great BEFORE you mix them, to save you time and have a great ‘out of the box’ sound ready for production. Learn how to make your beats sit well in a mix, and how to add power, funk, pump, crunch or softness to your beats (and more) when you need to.

Week 2: 16th notes, groove, and rhythm combos.

A lot of interest and groove in rhythmic-driven music is derived from the way that 8, 16 and 32 notes per bar are broken down into smaller numbers or ‘groupings’ of notes. The secret behind this system that drummers and percussionists understand is that there are a collection of ‘master’ rhythms that underly a lot of music. This week we look at how we can use this approach to create a huge array of beats, and then use Live’s groove pool to add interest to our new beat creations.

Week 4: Structuring your beats.

The key to interesting beats across the journey of a song is good structure. Here we learn how to use Live to analyse our favourite beats to gain an understanding of good beat structure as it relates to a song. Learn here how to create rhythmic and timbral variation in your beats, using techniques like fills, risers and drops to build tension and release in your arrangement.

Why Choose Noisemaker Academy?

Ableton Certified.

Beatmaker 1 is designed and taught by Ableton Certified Trainer Josh Hogan. Ableton certifies only the best and most capable trainers and teachers in order to ensure that the Ableton user community has access to a high standard of training.

Limited Class Sizes.

Each class is limited to 8 students, to ensure that you get the best possible learning experience around. This allows for each class to closer cater to your particular capabilities and learning styles.

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