Producing & Engineering Hit Songs by Joel Hamilton
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Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated Brooklyn-based record producer, engineer, and musician, Joel Hamilton teaches this high level course which shines a light on the internal process of the producer, musician, and engineer, in the business of making compelling recordings that do well in the marketplace. Through this course you will be able to self analyse and dissect your working methods and creative process to create your own “aesthetic compass” to guide you through the art and craft of making recordings, as an engineer, producer, or even as a singer/songwriter/composer.
Skill Level: Advanced 10 Weeks / 6hours of work per week
8 Live Classes 10 Video Lessons
5 Assignments 3 Quizzes
7 Peer Assessments
Fundamental working knowledge of recording studio techniques
Good grasp on what it means to “make a song” in a studio.
Be prepared to self analyze and to dissect you own “default” ways of working.
The ability to understand the difference between calibration and inspiration.
Session 1: Introduction to Yourself: Calibrating Your Musical Instincts
In this lesson, you will learn how to read the contextual cues in a given composition or recording and formulate a path towards making it “better”.
Session 2: What is Important about Your Song?
A path towards determining “value” in a recording. You will learn to recognise what the most important aspects in a recorded song.
Session 3: Bold Moves
How to make a recording that stands out from the crowd without being too weird. You will learn how to apply a character to compositions while producing the recording.
Session 4: The Mirror/All Language is Metaphor
All recordings are representational, and we are in charge of what is being represented. You will learn to influence the presentation of a composition through different recording techniques.
Session 5: Getting Our Priorities in Order
Every recording we have ever heard, we are hearing priorities. You will learn the art of recognising what elements should be given more priority in a recording
Session 6: Why Isn’t It Working?
This will be further refinement of perspective, and identifying contextual cues in a production.
Session 7: Depth Perception/Representation
Refinements/exercises in presenting elements in a mix and production to give a sense of “wholeness"
Session 8: Hierarchy, Composing, Production, and Engineering in The Service of a Vision
Further dissection of the reasons behind the moment of inspiration, and the reasons we reach for a certain instrument, EQ, compressor, or device.
Session 9: The Mirror, Part 2: It’s A Cyclical Process
Further refinement of the presentation of elements meant to represent a particular emotion or gesture contained in the compositional intent.
Session 10: Calibrating our Aesthetic Compass
The final stage in this module, with discussion based on the calibration of instinct in regards to composition, production, and engineering in the service of the true value contained in the music you are working with.
What You Need
Broadband internet connection (recommended)
A computer with a working DAW (Digital Audio workstation)
A recording microphone (recommended)
A MIDI Controller or a guitar to note down basic musical ideas (optional)