The SAE Institute is offering its second series of Electronic Music Producer (EMP) courses at its New York City campus. The new EMP courses offer a set of curriculum to enhance both the creative and technical aspects of music production. Students are encouraged to enroll in all four EMP classes consecutively, but may elect to register for individual courses, which include:
EMP I - Getting To Know Electronic Music
This course introduces participants to the various styles and musical makeup of electronic music, including House, Hip-Hop, Trance, Jungle, and more. Basic music theory is incorporated, along with an introduction to MIDI, sampling, and various small format mixers and outboard gear, with a heavy emphasis on DJ-ing.
EMP II - Composing and Recording Electronic Music
Students begin to use MIDI as a composition and recording tool, as well as learn the basics of standalone beat making programs. Audio workstation setup and recording introduces live sources such as keyboard and vocals to the electronic mix, and students are encouraged to use their own original material. This series also includes an introduction to remixing techniques incorporating various styles and arrangements.
EMP III - Creating Sounds and Sampling
An emphasis is placed on sampling and sound libraries, offering students a chance to create and personalize their sounds using the latest hardware and software synthesizers and sampling tools, in both the digital and analog realms. Classes also focus on song structure and the correct and tasteful incorporation of the student's unique sounds and styles into the music.
EMP IV - Getting It Together and Putting It Out
This class focuses on the importance of a great final mix, as well as basic concepts in marketing and releasing a final product. EQ, compression, and effects techniques are applied, as well as classes on software plug-ins and discussion on overall advantages and disadvantages of processing in general. The course concludes with a music business primer, educating participants on how to copyright and begin shopping their work to record labels, while retaining basic rights and credits as an artist or producer.
For more information, visit the SAE Web site.