- Data Types
- Digital Audio
- Signal Processing
- Sound Design
For Music production you have to know the different data types which are MIDI and Digital Audio. The main difference between MIDI and Digital audio is that MIDI doesn’t save as sound it is just information that can be turned into sound when a sound format is picked, Digital Audio is recorded from a live instrument and will sound just like the live instrument. Also to work on Music Production you have to familiar with looping, Sequencing, Signal Processing, and Sound Design. Different programs that can be used for Music Production are Garageband, Audacity, and Logic.
Music Production can be a whole section to be taught in a music technology class for students who want to go in to music production as a career. It can also be incorporated into a general music class to reach the students who have never created music before to get them mor interested in the subject.
This is a piece someone composed on Garageband using all of the techniques I discussed above.
TI:ME Area Competencies for Music Production include:
- Record and edit music using music production software and hardware
- Understand the various processes and procedures used for recording and editing music including sequencing, looping, signal processing, and sound design
- Understand the types of data involved in music production.
- Store and convert digital audio data
- Store and convert MIDI data
- Understanding the different applications and capabilities of audio and MIDI data
- Use software synthesizers to create digital audio under MIDI control
- Actively apply technology tools in the music production process.
- Enter notes in a MIDI sequence either one at time (step-time) or by performing (real-time).
- Enter musical expressions by changing controller values to produce a more musical performance.
- Produce transcriptions in standard music notation
- Use advanced editing and production techniques
- Perform complex mixing processes
- Integrate digital audio with MIDI data in the sequencer environment.
- Demonstrate orchestration and arranging techniques allowing students to immediately hear the example.
- Change tempos, transposition, timbre, and dynamics
- Teach musical concepts using music production software and hardware
- Teach performance on traditional acoustic instruments using the MIDI sequencer as accompaniment
- Today’s music teacher needs to understand how these software tools operate,
- How to access music data in loop form
- How these loops are imported into the production process
- How to guide students in the crafting of musical phrases using loops
- How to put all of this into the larger context of music production processes.
- Expose students to music of different cultures
- Understand the building blocks of musical style and form through the use of looping tools.
- Understand sound, and how various signal processing techniques can be used to enhance audio in the production process.
- Add effects such as reverb, chorus, and echo.
- Improve clarity of a mix using equalization.
- Supervise students in their production projects
- Use music productions in live performance
- Use music production techniques to and for improving the sound quality in recordings of student performances.