Music Production @ Home

Until a few years ago, an artist was dependent on a professional studio to record his/her own music and on a record label to distribute it. The progress of digitalization has rendered music much cheaper and more independent and the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the diffusion of the home studio. With basic equipment and good motivation, a music artist can now register, produce, mix, master and publish original songs without leaving home.

This introductory course shows the main steps towards your own, independent music production, from idea to publication.

Lectures include: (1) introduction and equipment, (2) audio and MIDI recording, (3) DAW, editing, mixing, (4) effects, (5) mastering, publication and promotion.

We recommend for this course to bring a laptop with the program Studio One by Presonus. This program is often included with sound cards and can be purchased for approximately CHF 70. In principle, the course can be followed using any other DAW (digital audio work station) program. We are happy to help with the installation upon request.

Emanuele Cappai

I am a musician and I have passed the last years teaching myself music production in all of its facets. Beyond a few demos, I have recently published my first single on the main digital platforms. In a world with abundant but sometimes confusing online material, I would like to help students who are interested in this field with a concise, clear and simple introduction that provides the most important elements of music production.

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  • Registration

    Online registration is open until 13 June for all USI students enrolled during the academic year 2020-21.

    A CHF 15.00 nominal fee is requested to gain access to all courses and activities offered (please refer to the courses and activities descriptions for any requirements for registration and detailed information). In addition, registered students will receive a welcome package.

    Places available for courses and activities are limited to guarantee the quality of the offer. They are organised in full compliance with the Federal, Cantonal, and USI COVID-19 provisions. Some courses and activities may be cancelled should a minimum number of participants not be reached. Thank you for your understanding. The programme lineup will be gradually defined due to the ever-evolving health situation.

    Registration for courses and activities will be confirmed to the students by the courses or activities' coordinators/teachers/services in charge, which will be available for any reallocations or changes.

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