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Making Beats

Testimonials

Simon Graser

The Making Beats with Maschine course is an excellent course for anyone wanting to start out learning drum programming. The 2 days is packed with a lot of information from drum sequencing and drum sounds to the importance of swing and velocity. The tutor was engaging with each student helping each one get what they wanted out of the course. SOS provides all the things that are needed. I Would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to get into electronic music production.

Anthony Di Berardino

I would rate the Maschine course 10/10. The course was fantastic, all the hardware and systems were supplied and I loved how experienced and friendly Leroy was and how patient he was for someone with no experience with Maschine. Was great in every way. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to use it.

Toyah Hoetzel

The SOS Maschine course really changed the whole game for me. I went from putting together a few scenes on their own to producing full tracks within a day. I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to take the next step past small-time bedroom production and live sampling into something much much bigger.

Dylan Butler

I was lucky enough to spend a full day with Davide as he taught me the ins and outs of my recent Maschine MK2 purchase. He quickly determined what i already knew about the unit and adapted his course on the fly to accommodate. Davide was incredibly thorough with every concept we approached, yet nothing was drawn out or unnecessary. I can honestly say that I learnt more in that day, not just of Maschine, but of production in general, than I have in the longest time. More importantly though, we had fun. I can’t wait to embrace some new courses this year.

Ming Vong

As an Electronic music producer now for 10 years I enrolled in Davide’s Maschine course last year. After reading the manual my workflow was still slow, but with Davide’s help we iron out problems and consolidated on the main features of the unit. As a teacher he delivers a fashion that is comprehensive and at a comfortable pace. I would recommend this course to all Maschine users out there… 😉

Dates
Days
Times
Duration
Price
Code
Spaces
 
08/10/2022 to 09/10/2022
Saturday & Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
2 Days
$ 690
22MASC4
6
18/03/2023 to 19/03/2023
Saturday & Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
2 Days
$ 690
23BEATS1
9
01/07/2023 to 02/07/2023
Saturday & Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
2 Days
$ 690
23BEATS2
9

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 1-9 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 performance tool
  • Apply effects and contort your sounds
  • Arrange a drum track into different sections

EXCLUSIVE LEARNING TOOLS INCLUDED


Permanent access to our guides and articles in our Content Portal:

Each student gets access to detailed notes and references covering all courses and providing a valuable ongoing and updated resource to aid 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 student, 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 is supplied, though we recommend students bring a storage device (eg. a portable USB drive) to save and back up all work, and a pen and paper to take notes. We also recommend students own a PC or MAC. Students can bring their own laptops to class so the tutor can assist with setting up software like Rekordbox.

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’!

Related Courses

Alive with Ableton Live

Sound Design

Tutorials

Dates
Days
Times
Duration
Price
Code
Spaces
 
08/10/2022 to 09/10/2022
Saturday & Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
2 Days
$ 690
22MASC4
6
18/03/2023 to 19/03/2023
Saturday & Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
2 Days
$ 690
23BEATS1
9
01/07/2023 to 02/07/2023
Saturday & Sunday
11:00 - 18:00
2 Days
$ 690
23BEATS2
9

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 1-9 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 performance tool
  • Apply effects and contort your sounds
  • Arrange a drum track into different sections

EXCLUSIVE LEARNING TOOLS INCLUDED


Permanent access to our guides and articles in our Content Portal:

Each student gets access to detailed notes and references covering all courses and providing a valuable ongoing and updated resource to aid 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 student, 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 is supplied, though we recommend students bring a storage device (eg. a portable USB drive) to save and back up all work, and a pen and paper to take notes. We also recommend students own a PC or MAC. Students can bring their own laptops to class so the tutor can assist with setting up software like Rekordbox.

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’!

Testimonials

Simon Graser

The Making Beats with Maschine course is an excellent course for anyone wanting to start out learning drum programming. The 2 days is packed with a lot of information from drum sequencing and drum sounds to the importance of swing and velocity. The tutor was engaging with each student helping each one get what they wanted out of the course. SOS provides all the things that are needed. I Would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to get into electronic music production.

Anthony Di Berardino

I would rate the Maschine course 10/10. The course was fantastic, all the hardware and systems were supplied and I loved how experienced and friendly Leroy was and how patient he was for someone with no experience with Maschine. Was great in every way. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn how to use it.

Toyah Hoetzel

The SOS Maschine course really changed the whole game for me. I went from putting together a few scenes on their own to producing full tracks within a day. I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to take the next step past small-time bedroom production and live sampling into something much much bigger.

Dylan Butler

I was lucky enough to spend a full day with Davide as he taught me the ins and outs of my recent Maschine MK2 purchase. He quickly determined what i already knew about the unit and adapted his course on the fly to accommodate. Davide was incredibly thorough with every concept we approached, yet nothing was drawn out or unnecessary. I can honestly say that I learnt more in that day, not just of Maschine, but of production in general, than I have in the longest time. More importantly though, we had fun. I can’t wait to embrace some new courses this year.

Ming Vong

As an Electronic music producer now for 10 years I enrolled in Davide’s Maschine course last year. After reading the manual my workflow was still slow, but with Davide’s help we iron out problems and consolidated on the main features of the unit. As a teacher he delivers a fashion that is comprehensive and at a comfortable pace. I would recommend this course to all Maschine users out there… 😉

Related Courses

Alive with Ableton Live

Sound Design

Tutorials