SAE Institute, the world leader in pro audio education, has recently commenced its second series of Electronic Music Producer (EMP) courses at its New York City campus. Following the success of its first EMP enrollment in July of 2004, SAE will continue to offer these four elective courses which directly complement the standard pro audio concepts and ideas of its acclaimed Audio Technology Program.
The new EMP courses, designed to help musicians and producers learn the techniques and equipment associated with every style of electronic music, offer a unique set of curriculum to enhance both the creative and technical aspects of music production. Students are encouraged to enroll in all four EMP classes consecutively, but may elect to register for individual courses, which include:
EMP I - Getting To Know Electronic Music
This course introduces participants to the various styles and musical makeup of electronic music, including House, Hip-Hop, Trance, Jungle, and more. Basic music theory is incorporated, along with an introduction to MIDI, sampling, and various small format mixers and outboard gear, with a heavy emphasis on DJ'ing.
EMP II - Composing and Recording Electronic Music
Students begin to use MIDI as a composition and recording tool, as well as learn the basics of other stand-alone beat making programs essential to electronic music. Audio workstation setup and recording introduces live sources such as keyboard and vocals to the electronic mix, and students are encouraged to use their own original material. This series also includes an introduction to remixing techniques incorporating various styles and arrangements.
EMP III - Creating Sounds and Sampling
An emphasis is placed on sampling and sound libraries, offering students a chance to create and personalize their sounds using the latest hardware and software synthesizers and sampling tools, in both the digital and analog realms. Classes also focus on song structure and the correct and tasteful incorporation of the student's unique sounds and styles into the music.
EMP IV - Getting It Together and Putting It Out
This class impresses the importance of a great final mix, as well as basic concepts in marketing and releasing a final product. EQ, compression, and effects techniques are applied, as well as classes on software plug-ins and discussion on overall advantages and disadvantages of processing in general. The course concludes with a music business primer, educating participants on how to copyright and begin shopping their work to record labels, while retaining basic rights and credits as an artist or producer.
Designed as personal enrichment courses, these six-week courses may be taken as stand-alone educational enhancements or in addition to SAE’s Audio Technology Program. Classes consist of a variety of hands-on classroom lessons and individually scheduled lab times, and offer the advantages of SAE's exclusive New York campus facilities and staff.