Study

Composing Music with Software

Instructors: Tom Quayle, Sean Conklin, Pavel Denisjuk Total lessons in study:
If you write music, you likely have some kind of software that you compose with. In this study, we'll look into a couple DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) and give examples of how to use them.

1. Creating Music with Logic Pro

1. Creating Backing Tracks - Part 1
Recording
Any Style
Intermediate
Hi there guys and welcome to this tutorial on creating backing tracks! We're going to be focusing on how I record my backing tracks with specific reference to the software I use and the plugins used to create the sounds. I use three pieces of software as my primary source of recording and creating sounds. The first is App...Read More
2. Creating Backing Tracks - Part 2
Recording
Any Style
Intermediate
Okay! So now we've got the drum track set up in a simple form (no need for fills here as we want just an 8 bar loop). I now need to come up with a chord sequence to play over. As we've been studying playing over changes, let's do something akin to the previous backing tracks from those tutorials. I'll use 4 minor 9 chords...Read More
3. Creating Backing Tracks - Part 3
Recording
Any Style
Intermediate
Now for the bass part in Trilian. In order to keep the video's time down I've already written the bass part off camera but I'll go through it for you in the video. The Trilian interface is very similar to Stylus RMX and it's very quick to select a clean Fender Jazz bass patch complete with cool slides and velocity layers....Read More
4. Creating Backing Tracks - Part 4
Recording
Any Style
Intermediate
The final part I want to add is actually a lead guitar part. In other words I'm going to try jamming over the backing track I've created. For this guitar part I'm running my Suhr into the new Shiba Drive and a Redux delay pedal again straight into Logic with an Impulse Response. It's just the easiest way to record and soun...Read More
5. Creating Backing Tracks - Part 5
Recording
Any Style
Intermediate
Okay so that about raps things up for this tutorial. Again, be aware that these are just the tools that I use for creating backing tracks, but there are many other products on the market that do the same job. You just have to find what works for you. If you guys have any questions let me know in the forums and it'd be gre...Read More

2. Composing Drum Grooves with Superior Drummer

6. Composing Creative Drum Grooves
Recording
Any Style
Beginner
Hey folks! In this tutorial we're going to take a brief look at a few things I do when approaching drum composition. Oftentimes I may have a cool riff idea and I'm faced with the task of creating a drum beat that not only sounds decent, but also sounds creative.While this lesson only shows a few things you can do, there are...Read More
Audio Guitar Lesson
7. Composing Creative Drum Grooves - Backing Track
Recording
Any Style
Beginner
Here is the backing track with guitar and bass only. Tempo is 160bpm. Go ahead and download the mp3 and import it into your DAW, then set the tempo to 160bpm, then start creating some cool grooves!Read More

3. Using Cubase

8. Using Cubase - General Overview
Recording
Any Style
Beginner
Welcome to our first lesson in Cubase. Cubase covers a huge area of recording and editing your audio and MIDI tracks, so I will break it into small lessons and explain it part by part not to make it a boring 12 hour lesson. Also, this way you can more easily find the topic you need and not scroll through a huge video, but i...Read More
9. Using Cubase - Latency
Recording
Any Style
Beginner
Latency is the main problem music producers encounter when recording audio tracks and working with VST instruments. It's an unwanted delay we should get rid of straight away, before we start working with music. In case you missed the link in our previous lesson, here it is again Asio4All Sound Driver - you should download ...Read More
10. Using Cubase - MIDI Overview
Recording
Any Style
Beginner
Greetings! In this chapter we'll go through some general stuff concerning MIDI tracks and you can find some more detailed info at this link MIDI@Wikipedia, and also you can read a bit about this GM Map@Wikipedia. So, in simple language, MIDI is electronic data which we use to tell computer what notes to play, how loud to ...Read More
11. Using Cubase - Working with MIDI
Recording
Any Style
Beginner
Ok, now when you know some basic stuff about MIDI tracks, let's actually work with them! So to get started you need to create an Empty Project (like in our very first lesson of this tutorial). After that simply follow the lesson and you should have no problems getting to know some basic stuff concerning MIDI track editing....Read More

4. Composing with a MIDI program, Anvil Studio

12. Anvil Studio - Introduction and Installation
Reference
Any Style
Beginner
Welcome everyone! In this tutorial, we're going to take a look at a software program called Anvil Studio. This software is an excellent tool for musicians who wish to compose and more. And best of all, it's free! Visit the following link to download your copy: www.AnvilStudio.com This tutorial is designed t...Read More
13. Anvil Studio - Creating Instrument Tracks
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Any Style
Beginner
In this video, we'll cover the basics of creating your first instrument tracks. Each instrument track can have a particular midi instrument assigned to it. As you'll see in the video, there are many instruments to choose from, such as pianos, organs, guitars, strings, saxophones, and much more. Have fun and when you're rea...Read More
14. Anvil Studio - Creating Drum Tracks
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Any Style
Beginner
Now let's go ahead and create a drum track. When you create a drum track in Anvil Studio, you'll have the option to select which particular drums you want assigned to your drumkit. I generally just use typical drum sounds such as the kick, snare, toms, cymbals, etc. But feel free to be creative and build whatever drumkit fi...Read More
15. Anvil Studio - Example Composition Riff
Reference
Any Style
Beginner
In this video, we'll compose a short example riff so you can get a general idea on how you can compose with Anvil Studio. Feel free to pause the video whenever necessary so you can follow the steps I'm taking. You don't have to compose with the same notes that I'm using, but make sure you follow along so you can get a good...Read More