Making Beats

Dates Days Time Duration Price Code Spaces
30/07/2022 to 31/07/2022 Saturday, Sunday 11:00 - 18:00 2 Days $690.00 AUD 22MASC3 4
08/10/2022 to 09/10/2022 Saturday, Sunday 11:00 - 18:00 2 Days $690.00 AUD 22MASC4 6

Making Beats: Learn all about rhythm and the intricacies of making beats using NI Maschine and Ableton Push 2 across 12 hours in two days in a class of between 1-8 people. These principles apply to any DAW or sequencer but is taught through NI Maschine and Ableton Push 2 provided by School of Synthesis.

Course Overview:
Producers of popular genres of electronic music rely heavily on tight drum programming and beat making techniques to create professional sounding productions. This class is dedicated to learning the fundamentals of drum programming and beat making using industry standard software and hardware controllers. Groove, Swing, velocity and quantise are some of the intricacies of drum programming that are covered in this class. Techniques covered in this class can be applied to any DAW software or hardware drum machine. This class is taught using Ableton’s Push 2 and Native Instruments Maschine MK3 all provided by the school of synthesis.

Course Level:
The course is suitable for most people from beginners to those with experience in music production. This course covers advanced beat making techniques and benefits those with a basic understanding of drums and rhythms.  Please contact the school if you have any specific needs or requirements.

Course content and features:
Rhythm theory and the basics of making a beat
Common Sampling practices and how to sample sounds using Maschine and Ableton’s Simpler
Generating ideas and how create inspiration for basslines and melodies. 
Arrangement: Basics on how to sequence your beats to create a full track
Time signatures and BPM
Groove, swing and quantisation
Writing and programming various beat patterns
Writing and performing with Maschine as a step sequencer
Editing, slicing, looping and triggering sounds

Course objectives: by the end of this course you should be able to:
Make beats on any DAW, sampler or sequencer
Understand rhythm
Load, edit, program and write your own beats
Create and apply swing and various quantisation to your beats
Write beats for various styles of music including house, techno, UK garage and D&B
Use Maschine and Push 2 as a powerful midi controller or live perfomace tool
Apply effects and contort your sounds 

Arrange a drum track into different sections




Permanent access to our guides and articles in our Forum: 
Each student gets access to detailed notes and references covering all courses and providing a valuable ongoing and updated resource to aide learning reinforcement.   

Carbon Electra: Each enrolment includes a software licence to use the award winning Carbon Electra, one of the worlds leading synthesizers. 

School of Synthesis Producer Pack: Each enrolment includes a carefully selected VST/AU plugin pack for Windows and MAC OSX with everything you need to get producing, including some of the best EQs, Compressors, FX and Limiters available.  

Analogue Sequences:
 Each enrolment includes an authorised download of the Loopmasters Analogue Sequences pack designed by School of Synthesis trainers. 

SOS Loopmasters Pack: 
All SOS students receive 2 gigabytes of samples from the award winning Loopmasters collection. 

Educational Discounts: As an SOS students you will be eligible for student discounts from Ableton, Output, Fabfilter, Rob Papen, Plugin Boutique and more. Information on educational discounts will be sent to you via email upon enrolment.

Learning methods: Each session commences with a group demonstration and discussion, followed by solo work on one of our eight Mac workstations where you will practice set themes and techniques derived from real-world applications of the technology. Upon demonstrating your command of the necessary skills you will be further encouraged to add originality to your recreations and save various versions of your work. 

Additional resources and materials: 
All hardware and software including NI Machine MK3 and Ableton Push 2 is supplied, though we recommend students bring a storage device (eg. portable usb drive) to save and back up all work, and a pen and paper to take notes. 

Assessment and feedback: You will save successive work and will receive regular support, encouragement and feedback from your tutor. All students will receive a t-shirt, sticker and completion certificate upon the successful completion of the course. At the conclusion of the course you will be invited to leave feedback and evaluate your experience, at which point we'll email you a link to a suite of exclusive sounds and various discount offers from the School and its partners to say ‘thanks'!