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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

Set up your key­board and com­puter for recording.
Learn how to use a Dig­i­tal Audio Work­sta­tion (DAW) and Soft­ware Instru­ments (VSTs).
How to use Logic Pro X and Able­ton Live 10. Prin­ci­ples apply to other DAWs as well.
Learn how to work with MIDI and how to remove mis­takes from your recording.
Under­stand the basic con­cepts of EQ and Reverb and learn how to apply them.
Learn to auto­mate mix­ing set­tings in the DAW.
To cre­ate real­is­tic string tracks and mix them with the piano.

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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.

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COURSE TIME

4.5 hours on-demand video 

(+1 hour videos for Win­dows com­pat­i­ble software)

LESSONS

8 lessons

PREREQUISITES

No skills needed

SUBTITLES/​​CC

Eng­lish

7‑Day Money-Back Guarantee

How it works

BUY THE COURSE

Click ‘buy now’ above to add the course to your cart. Nav­i­gate to your cart in order to check­out and ful­fill your enrollment.

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

You will be asked to pro­vide a pass­word on the check­out page, and a user will be cre­ated for you. You can also cre­ate a user before pur­chas­ing the course.

ACCESS THE COURSE

Imme­di­ately after pur­chas­ing the course, you get access to the lessons. You need to be logged in to access the course con­tent. If you are logged in, you sim­ply choose a les­son to watch from the bot­tom of this page.

COURSE TIME

4.5 hours on-demand video 

(+1 hour videos for Win­dows com­pat­i­ble software)

LESSONS

8 lessons

PREREQUISITES

No skills needed

SUBTITLES/​​CC

Eng­lish

How it works

BUY THE COURSE

Click ‘buy now’ above to add the course to your cart. Nav­i­gate to your cart in order to check­out and ful­fill your enrollment.

CREATE AN ACCOUNT

You will be asked to pro­vide a pass­word on the check­out page, and a user will be cre­ated for you. You can also cre­ate a user before pur­chas­ing the course.

ACCESS THE COURSE

Imme­di­ately after pur­chas­ing the course, you get access to the lessons. You need to be logged in to access the course con­tent. If you are logged in, you sim­ply choose a les­son to watch from the bot­tom of this page.

Lessons 

Lesson 1: Setup and Preparation 

Length: 19 min­utesAuthor: Jacob’s PianoCom­plex­ity: Easy

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.

Lesson 2: Logic, Recording and Software Pianos 

Length: 26 min­utesAuthor: Jacob’s PianoCom­plex­ity: Easy

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.

Lesson 3: Editing MIDI File 

Length: 24 min­utesAuthor: Jacob’s PianoCom­plex­ity: Standard

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.

Lesson 4: Apply EQ and Reverb 

Length: 38 min­utesAuthor: Jacob’s PianoCom­plex­ity: Hard

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.

Lesson 5: Automation 

Length: 12 min­utesAuthor: Jacob’s PianoCom­plex­ity: Standard

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.

Lesson 6: Adding Strings — Part 1 

Length: 48 min­utesAuthor: Jacob’s PianoCom­plex­ity: Hard

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.

Lesson 7: Adding Strings — Part 2 

Length: 56 min­utesAuthor: Jacob’s PianoCom­plex­ity: Hard

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.

Lesson 8: Bonus Content and Exporting 

Length: 47 min­utesAuthor: Jacob’s PianoCom­plex­ity: Standard

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.

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