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Jacob’s Piano Production Course
Do you wonder how to create professional sound with your own keyboard directly from your living room?
In this course, I teach you all aspects of how I produce my tracks — from how to set up the keyboard for recording to a final master recording is ready. You will get a deep insight into my personal workflow and see what software and plug-ins I use, and ultimately you will have the knowledge to produce tracks in a quality similar to mine. I will go through both solo piano recordings as well as how to create beautiful string accompaniment.
What you’ll learn
Who is this course for?
This course is for you who wish to record your keyboard, but have no idea how to approach it. It is also, for you who already know how to record, but want to take your recording quality to a higher level. At last, maybe you are already familiar with most of the content of this course, but just want a deeper insight into my workflow and see how I work from scratch to final project.
Do I need any equipment?
There are no equipment requirements for taking this course. However, if you want to work along with me, you will as a minimum need a digital keyboard and a computer with recording software (DAW). You will be introduced to recording software in the course, so if you don’t have anything yet, then you can choose something while you progress in the course. The main recording software (DAW) used in this course is Logic Pro X, but there are 1 hour additional lesson videos for Ableton Live 10. So the course is designed for both Windows and Mac users. At last, all third-party plug-ins, as well as the concepts and principles I introduce, are identical across all DAWs.
4.5 hours on-demand video
(+1 hour videos for Windows compatible software)
No skills needed
Short introduction to the course and how to approach it.
In this introductory lesson, I discuss what is needed as a minimum (keyboard, software, etc.) to make nice-sounding piano recordings. I further introduce you to MIDI and show you how to set everything up so you are prepared for recording.
Now it is time to make our very first piano recording. In this lesson, I first briefly introduce you to Logic (and Ableton Live) and its features and then we make a piano recording. At last, I introduce my favorite software pianos and choose the one we are going to use throughout the course.
Now that we have made our piano recording, it is time to edit the MIDI file to make sure that the performance is perfect. We want to remove any mistakes and inaccuracies from our performance, and we can easily do that in our DAW.
Now it is time to really work on the mix. In this lesson, I introduce you to EQ and reverb and show you how to apply this to our track. I also show you a little secret of mine to make the sound of the piano even richer.
Now we are close to being done working on our piano track. However, in this short lesson, I show you how you can automate some of the mixer settings in Logic. We do this to make sure that our mix is just as we want it throughout the whole composition.
At this point, our piano track is done. But I am not done teaching you how to take your production to even new levels. We can do that by adding simple strings to our piano composition. In this and the next lesson, we add two cello tracks and one violin track to our composition.
In this second part of the ‘Adding strings’-module, I continue to add strings to fully complete the string section that should accompany the piano track.
Now it is time to add the final small details. In this lesson, I add a third ambient piano sound in the chorus, and then we also add a small sound effect that serves as the final cherry on top of our work. Then our mix is done, and I discuss how to export it and how to deal with mastering.