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Digital music development

As well as creating music for singers , we can teach you how to do it yourself

In case you haven't heard the term before , music is generally made on a computer using a program called a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW for short).

There are different types. I've been using Cubase since 1995 . It's changed greatly since the 1st versions , and just got better and better over the years. It can also seem more complicated now on first visit. But many things can seem complicated until you master them.

We can help with that.

I've also used other DAWs , but as I know Cubase like the back of my hand - this is the one I can help you with most.

Here's a very brief intro to what Cubase , and many other types of DAWs , can do. (By the way , I found that once I'd fully got to grips with one , it wasn't that difficult to switch to another).

Full versions of DAWs can cost quite of bit of money - especially if you choose to purchase add ons (called plugins ) and you may well want to add some virtual synths to your DAW which can also cost quite a bit. But as a training & development centre , we can show you how to get started on a Student version so you don't need to outlay too much cash until you are sure you want to.

What can you do with Cubase?

There are two main aspects to Cubase. Audio recording and playback and Midi .

Whereas the audio recording side allows for the recording , playback and treatment of sounds , Midi records notes that are played (or programmed in ) so you can play them back on either an external instrument (such as a synth or sound module ) or they can play virtual instruments - like virtual synths .

Once you've mastered these basics, you can then move on to processing your sounds within Cubase using effects and an internal virtual mixer desk.

You can even master in Cubase (ie add the finishing touches to your finished mix ) but there are also other programs that use can use to master.

To get the best out of a DAW you would benefit by understanding the basic principals of how music works. Here I mean basic music theory - key signatures , notes , chords etc . 

You may be very pleased to know that I trained for years to play classical piano and studied music theory and had to unlearn a lot of it to create pop music .That may sound crazy to some people , but it does mean I believe you can achieve a lot by just learning the important bits .

Some people can make things sound more complicated than they really are. What a waste of time that it. Let's look at a piano keyboard for example.

One of the best ways to play music into a DAW is to use a music keyboard and have the DAW record the notes you have played - and then play it back to you. That way , if you know you way round a music keyboard , you can play and record the drums , bass guitar , piano and everything you need for a full track - playing one thing at a time.

By the way , we can also help you with this and the different types of drums , guitars and synths etc you may want to use for different genres of music .

Anyway , if you don't play piano or a music keyboard don't let that put you off. Here's why :-

When you look at a piano you see all those notes! I guess they can be off putting .

But if you look at the picture above it just shows 7 white notes and 5 black notes from a keyboard. That's actually all there is. Because all the other notes on a piano are basically duplications of these , just at a higher or lower pitch.

If you look at a music keyboard , and note the pattern of 2 black notes and then 3 black notes - its repeated over and over again. That's why.Chords are just combinations of these notes that sound nice. 

I appreciate there is a good chance you know all about this already , but I hope you get the idea.  Things aren't always as complicated as they may first appear.

The same goes for learning how to create music on a Digital Audio Workstation.