Music technology and digital audio production

Music technology courses at Build are ideal for anyone who wants to make their musical ideas a reality, whatever your preferred style of music. Choose from introductory, fast-track, advanced and masterclass courses.

Our course are taught using up-to-date versions of the most widely used music software. Class size is limited to 10 to ensure every learner gets plenty of individual attention. Equipment includes headphones and MIDI keyboards, but you are welcome to bring your own headphones if you prefer.

We recommend you have access to the software you are using in class on your own computer. Students are often entitled to educational discounts on software. Make sure you check system requirements and ask for discounts before purchasing.

  1. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming

    Course Date: Tue 29 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  2. Ableton taster

    Course Date: Tue 29 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Live is the revolutionary software instrument that has taken the music world by storm. For performance, composition, or production, Live’s intuitive interface puts the fun and experimentation back into music making. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Sonic arts: creativity with sound

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sonic Arts is the expression of creativity through sound. Enjoy a series of creative exercises, with study and discussion of contemporary and historical context and practice, and create your own Sound Art. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Sibelius: music notation software

    Course Date: Tue 26 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal for musicians and music teachers. Come and learn how to prepare and print high quality scores and other notation with Sibelius software. A good knowledge of conventional notation is required. Tutor: Sarha Moore.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  5. Logic: advanced techniques

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For those who would like to extend their use of Logic Pro to realise their recording and production skills. We'll cover comping, sidechaining, parallel compression, flextime and more to give you the ability to realise more professional recordings and get the most out of this exceptional music production software. Tutor: Max La Villa.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Ableton Live

    Course Date: Sat 14 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Live is a revolutionary package that has taken the music world by storm. Performing with a laptop, songwriting or composing, Live’s intuitive and totally flexible interface puts the fun and experimentation back into music making. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  7. Sibelius workshop: tips and tricks

    Course Date: Fri 20 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you already know the basics of Sibelius, come and learn tips, tricks and shortcuts. Speed up your workflow, make use of plugins, learn how to create more complex notation, and improve layout in scores and parts. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. GarageBand: make and record your own music

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Apple’s GarageBand must be the easiest way to make music with a computer. The simple layout, instruments and sounds encourage you to explore and create music. It even helps you practise your instrumental playing. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  9. Creating drums and beats

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your drum programming to make it more life-like, give it more swing and variety, and create solid, compelling drum parts. You will learn techniques you can apply to all genres. Tutor: Max La Villa.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Arduino workshop

    Course Date: Mon 6 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Arduino lets you use light, movement and other physical variables to create and manipulate sound and music. A practical introduction using sensor technology with Max/MSP software. Some experience of music production software would be an advantage.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  11. Ableton Live: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 7 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take your Ableton Live skills to the next level with this short, intense course that will unlock powerful creative tools in Ableton Live 9 and 10. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  12. Audio production and mixing workshop

    Course Date: Sat 11 Aug 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An all-day workshop going through the stages involved in achieving a professional sounding mix. Ideal for those with some mixing experience who would like to identify existing weaknesses, improve their skills and learn new techniques. Tutor: Max La Villa.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  13. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques

    Course Date: Thu 16 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore and exploit techniques typical of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers will be studied via 'BERNA' emulation software.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

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