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. Sonic arts: creativity with sound

    Course Date: Fri 26 Oct 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: Dr Charles Matthews [external website].
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00

  2. Mixing and music production techniques

    Course Date: Tue 13 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for hardware users. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00

  3. Music production with Logic

    Course Date: Wed 14 Nov 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Logic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments. Tutor: [external website].

    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Sibelius: music notation software

    Course Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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:
    Course Date: Fri 23 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create your own interactive sound projects without being tied to a computer, and challenge preconceptions of what it means to make an instrument or artwork. This course is a progression from Sonic Arts with a focus on practical projects and group experimentation. Students who have previously attended Arduino Workshop will be supported to progress their work.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  5. Ableton Live

    Course Date: Fri 23 Nov 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: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Mixing and mastering masterclass

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Perfect your mixes in two days flat! The course covers EQ, reverb, dynamics and spatial placement with examples in Logic, but techniques apply to all software and hardware users. Ideal complement to our other courses in music production. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  7. GarageBand: create and edit your own music

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Max/MSP: interactive music performance software

    Course Date: Tue 29 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Max/MSP is a highly versatile program, allowing you to design your own realtime audio and video processing. It's great fun and is particularly useful for making audio and video tools suitable for live performance and interactive artist installation work.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Vocal recording techniques

    Course Date: Tue 19 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to make recordings of sung and/or spoken voices, then edit them, add effects, or mix with other tracks. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Ableton Live: tips and tricks

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    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: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  11. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques

    Course Date: Fri 5 Apr 2019
    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Mixing and music production: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for hardware users. Tutor: [external website].
    Full fee: £289.00
    Senior fee: £231.00
    Concession: £176.00

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