A music producer is an all-in-one engineer, mixer, lyric writer, melody creator, and project manager. It's a dream career for the musically inclined. Start here to learn how to guide the record making process, whether shaping the sound of another artist or creating music for your own project.
Learn foundational audio and music concepts.
Discover the role of a producer and insights into the music business.
Practice with Pro Tools, the industry standard software for music.
Audio and Music Production Careers: First Steps with Garrick Chow
Learn about the jobs, equipment, DAWs, and training you need to get started down an audio learning path.
25m 10s • COURSE
Audio Recording Techniques with Bobby Owsinski
Discover the industry secrets to recording crisp, rich vocals and instrument tracks. Learn techniques for miking, tracking in-studio, and working in any recording space or genre.
5h 17m • COURSE
Pro Tools 12 Essential Training: 110 with Frank D. Cook
Get up and running by learning how to use the essential features of Pro Tools 12. This course shows how to record, edit, mix, and finalize audio media using this powerful DAW.
4h 25m • COURSE
Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals with Julian Velard
Professional musician Julian Velard covers the basics of music theory through the lens of songwriting. Explore intervals, chord progressions, voice leading, song forms, and more.
2h 50m • COURSE
Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Recording with Larry Crane
Glimpse behind the studio curtain to see music recording secrets with the producer/engineer who's worked with She & Him, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, and Sleater-Kinney.
2h 21m • COURSE
Music Production Secrets: Larry Crane on Mixing with Larry Crane
Join Larry Crane, producer behind albums by The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Jenny Lewis, and Sleater-Kinney, shows you how to get more life and energy out of your existing tracks.
1h 51m • COURSE
Audio Foundations: Compression and Dynamic Processing with Brian Lee White
Shows how to improve the sound of a mix using compressors, limiters, gates, de-essers, and other dynamic processors.
2h 25m • COURSE
Audio Foundations: EQ and Filters with Brian Lee White
Shows how to properly apply equalization (EQ) to improve the sound of a mix.
2h 28m • COURSE
Audio Foundations: Reverb with Alex U. Case
Explains one of the most essential ingredients in audio mixing, reverb—the time it takes for sound to bounce, echo, and decay during a live performance or recording.
3h 5m • COURSE
Audio Foundations: Delay and Modulation with Alex U. Case
The fundamentals of delay and modulation effects and how to apply these effects, technically and creatively, to improve the sound of a mix.
2h 20m • COURSE
Music Law: Recording, Management, Rights, and Performance Contracts with Richard Stim
Learn how to understand and negotiate terms for the four major types of music business contracts: recording, management, performance, and rights agreements.
1h 40m • COURSE
The Business of Songwriting: First Steps with Garrick Chow
Get started in the business of songwriting. Learn about all of the major organizations, rights, and procedures that songwriters have to deal with in the music business.
1h 20m • COURSE
A Prolific Music Producer's Workflow for Finishing Tracks with Evan Sutton
Discover how to turn song ideas and rough recordings into complete, polished tracks, with music producer Evan Sutton's patented music production workflow.
3h 3m • COURSE
You'll learn to produce music with these experts
Garrick Chow is a senior staff instructor at LinkedIn Learning.
Garrick Chow has two decades of experience authoring more than 120 video-based courses covering a diverse range of topics including instructional design, productivity, web design, audio engineering, and video editing. He is a lifelong learner and instructor who regularly leads live classes and seminars at private companies, government agencies, colleges, and universities. He has been a presenter at the Harvard University Sound Lab, and at events for design associations such as AIGA and UCDA. When not sitting in front of a screen, Garrick can be found playing with the indie-rock band The Jellybricks (www.thejellybricks.com) or trail running. Follow him on Twitter @garrickchow.
With 23 books (and counting), Bobby Owsinski is a bestselling author and thought leader in the music business.
Using his music and recording experience combined with an easy-to-understand writing style, Bobby Owsinski has become one of the best-selling authors in the music recording industry, with sixteen books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world. Based in Los Angeles, Bobby is also a producer of several music-oriented television shows and can frequently be seen as a moderator, panelist, or presenter at a variety of industry conferences.
Frank D. Cook is a musician, author, educator, and entrepreneur.
He has worked in technical publications for over 20 years and is the author of numerous books in pro audio, including multiple titles on Pro Tools for the Avid Learning Series. Frank has been a consultant for Avid Technology for the past 12 years, helping to shape learning initiatives and develop curricula for Avid's official training and certification programs.
Frank teaches Pro Tools courses at Sacramento City College and American River College in Sacramento, California, and is an Avid Master Instructor. His company, NextPoint Training, Inc., provides tools and technology to empower students and educators, including the Elements|ED online learning environment (ElementsED.com).
Frank holds a degree in English from Cal Poly State University and has minors in music and technical communication.
Julian Velard is a songwriter, piano virtuoso, and musical director.
Julian's musical stylings and comedic timing have made him a fixture in both the comedy and music scenes in his native America and have created cult followings overseas in the UK and the Netherlands. His music initially took hold a decade ago, where praise from The Guardian, Time Out London, and The Sunday Times led to a major label record deal.
He's toured internationally as an opening act for artists such as Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Goldfrapp, and he has shared the stage with a host of comedians including Will Ferrell and Reggie Watts. Julian's latest album, Fancy Words for Failure, was profiled in the Wall Street Journal.
Famous for his recording studio, magazine, and lectures, Larry Crane also loves educating others about music.
Larry is an American editor/writer, recording/mixing engineer, musician, educator and archivist based in Portland, Oregon. More specifically, Crane is the editor and founder of Tape Op magazine, the owner of Portland's Jackpot! Recording Studio, a freelance engineer, and the archivist for musician Elliott Smith.
From 1994 to 1997, Crane ran Laundry Rules Recording, a home studio in his basement in Portland, where he recorded artists that include Versus, Stephen Malkmus and Cat Power. Since 1997, Crane has owned and run Jackpot! Recording Studio, Inc., a busy mid-sized studio in Portland, where he has worked with artists such as Sleater-Kinney, Jolie Holland, The Decemberists, Jenny Lewis, Wooden Shjips, M. Ward, The Go-Betweens, Elliott Smith, She & Him, Stephen Malkmus, Quasi, The Portland Cello Project, and Richmond Fontaine. A close friend and collaborator of Elliott Smith's, he oversaw the remixing and release of Smith's posthumous album New Moon in 2007.
Tape Op began publishing in April 1996. Tape Op has the largest world-wide circulation of any magazine devoted to music recording, with free subscriptions in the US.Tape Op also publishes books of their back issues and other music recording topics.
As an educator, he's taken on many roles. For many years Larry has spoken on and moderated panels about recording and music for SXSW, NXNW, NARAS, TapeOpCon, and CMJ. He has been a guest lecturer at various colleges discussing the recording arts and music business. In conjunction with the Tape Op Book series, he's done book readings and sessions at Wordstock and Powell's Books, in Portland, OR.
Since 2003 Larry has hosted Jackpot! Recording Studio's Weekend Recording Workshops, where he runs a ten-person group through techniques and concepts about music recording. Students all reported that they gained a lot from this workshop. He's also presented workshops in other cities, including Montreal and Austin. He does one-on-one sessions with folks to discuss their recording and mixing skills and work on understanding shortcomings and improving their work. Check out larry-crane.com to learn more about Larry and his work.
Brian Lee White is a producer and educator. His credits span TV, film, and video games such as Halo.
Brian Lee White is a producer, educator, and cofounder of Finishing Move, Inc., an Oakland-based production company that specializes in music and sound design for games, television, and film. Brian's work has been experienced worldwide on Billboard charts, video games, network television, Fortune 500 ad campaigns, and in internationally acclaimed live acts. His most recent contributions include music production and composition for Microsoft's Halo franchise and Double Fine's Massive Chalice.
A professor and best-selling author, Alex Case leads classes and research in the art and science of sound.
Alex has dedicated his professional life to the study of aesthetics, perception, signal processing, electro-acoustics, and room acoustics for the creation and enjoyment of recorded music—from the creator to the listener, and everything in between. An associate professor of sound recording technology, Case leads classes, sessions, and research with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. An active member of the Audio Engineering Society and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Case has published more 100 articles and is the author of two best-selling titles in their field, both on Focal Press: Sound FX – Unlocking the Creative Potential of Recording Studio Effects, and Mix Smart – Pro Audio Tips for Your Multitrack Mix. With degrees in mechanical engineering, music, and acoustics, Professor Case lives and works at the intersection of art and science. Drop by and join in on the conversation on audio at recordingology.com.
Richard Stim is an attorney specializing in intellectual property law and small business issues.
Richard Stim is a Bay Area attorney and author specializing in intellectual property law and small-business issues. He is the author or co-author of over a dozen books, including:
Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business
Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference
Getting Permission: How to License and Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off
Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference, and
Profit From Your Idea: How to Make Smart Licensing Deals
Stim regularly answers readers' intellectual-property questions at his blog: Dear Rich: Nolo's Intellectual Property Blog. In addition to working as an editor at Nolo, a Berkeley publisher, Stim maintains a private practice and has represented cartoonists, graphic artists, toy designers, software developers, musicians, and writers. He's worked as a musician and currently records with two bands. His new obsession is photographing crows.
Evan Sutton's music has been heard in clubs around the world, in short films, and in ad campaigns.
He is relied upon by a growing number of artists as a production luminary, working with Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Erasure), Dan Platzman (Imagine Dragons), Spank Rock, DJ Shiftee, and many more. As Astrolith, Sutton distills his sound further, rocking dance floors with live sets consisting entirely of original music. Astrolith has released on Mute; Boys Noize Records; Hot Mom USA; Slit Jockey Records; and his own imprint, Space Is The Place, comanaged by Rar Kelly.