Learn how to record, write, collaborate, and produce Hip Hop! Styles include Boom Bap, East Coast, West Coast, Southern, and Trap. Explore and craft the skills to make your drums knock and your 808s rumble. Create and shape your own sound using different sampling techniques, and modern synthesis. Learn the skills needed unique to Hip Hop to record, mix and master records for commercial release. Students must know their way around their DAW and at least one working sample-based virtual instrument and one synth-based plugin. One of our DAW courses in Ableton, Logic or Pro Tools will get you up to scratch for this course. 3rd party weapons of choice are made by Native Instruments and Spectrasonics, but alternative ‘freeware’ can be downloaded legally.
Beats & Pieces
History of the 808, exploring sample-based 808s, and its origins. Learn to make designer 808s using synthesis
Programming drums and exploring creative ways to use rhythm patterns effectively
Design drums from scratch using synthesis
Custom drum kits
Exploring different compression techniques for drums and bass
Creative practices editing and modulating drum loops
In depth to FX on drums
Exploring sampling styles and techniques using sample-based instruments
Creating custom sound patches using various sound design concepts
In-depth look at FX in samples
In depth look at some of the more popular sample-based used in modern Hip Hop
Synthesis and Sound Design for Hip Hip
In depth look at some of the more popular virtual instruments used in modern Hip Hop
Create sounds from scratch using synthesis
In-depth look into Waveforms, ADSR, Envelopes, and Filters
Explore additive and subtractive synthesis used in Hip Hop
Recording Vocals and Working with Artists
How to write instrumentals with a vocalists in mind.
Learning to leave space in frequency and time for vocals
Practice working and recording with a professional rapper (TBA)
Tips and tricks from a professional rapper writing lyrics and melody
Pitch correction, FX, compression and EQ techniques working with vocals
Mixing & Mastering for Hip Hop
Creative mixing & mastering techniques to achieve desired mix ready for commercial release unique to Hip Hop
Song structure and writing Hip Hop songs for different platforms, including radio, TV/film, and commercial stings
Creative strategies and practices for finishing songs
All about sample clearance
Discussions throughout course on marketing, branding and distribution of material
Different ways to monetize and release music
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Good structure and reinforcement, instructor open to answering all questions and being as helpful as possible covering a wide variety of topics.
I work with some of the biggest music producers in the industry on a daily basis. Now I understand how they do what they do.
It was great and totally hands-on. I understood exactly what I needed, and the instructor was patient, quick, totally sorted out my computer as well. I like that I was able to use the time I had in LA to learn something I have been wanting to for a while. When I started my conversation with admissions, I was quite confused, but he sorted me out. I think for someone who might be trying to make their mind up, the guidance provided by the school could be very helpful in planning their moves!