Learn to create musical-sounding MIDI arrangements with assignments that challenge your creativity while you produce music in three divergent styles: electronic dance music, blues, and advertising scoring. Concise music theory features in each lesson expand your understanding of key musical concepts while listening examples and music history explorations lead you through major styles as you become a more complete MIDI musician. This course will provide you with a firm understanding of the roles of the various instruments and arrangements used in the creation of dance and blues music, and will explore the whole creative process of writing these styles of music using MIDI. You will gain an analytical ear by analyzing recordings to find what makes these styles unique, and will become adept at producing both electronic-sounding arrangements as well as arrangements that have a more natural, organic feel. You'll thoroughly explore the capabilities of MIDI sequencing technology and learn effective processes and approaches to production. By the end of this course you will have gained the ability to compose music and arrange instruments in a variety of different musical styles using MIDI sequencing.
By the end of this course, you will:
Understand a bass line and apply that style in Reason
Assemble ReDrum patterns in a song
Add vocals to your dance track
Prepare samples and use samples in your project
Understand the blues style, blues instruments and apply them in MIDI
Produce, mix and master your track
Berkleemusic and Propellerhead have come together to offer an educational discount on the Reason 6.5. Once you enroll in the course, you will be able to purchase this package at the discounted price through the Required Course Materials link on your My Home page. Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure software delivery prior to the start of the course.
In Midi Sequencing Intermediate, Berkleemusic instructor Michael Moss shares more than twenty years of professional production tips on how to make digital tracks sound more like a live band. “Some people say that MIDI sequences can sound mechanical,” says Moss. “But that’s not something in MIDI itself. It’s in the way that people use—and misuse—MIDI sequencing.” Read more
“Learning to use Reason to make a dance style and a blues style sequence taught me a lot about MIDI and a lot about the software itself. Getting to know the instructor was incredible! This course has taken my sequencing skills to whole new level.” - C. Moberg
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