What do I need to know before I start?

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Below is a list of optional tools that will maximise your learning experience within The Modern Composer Blueprint:

To take part in this course, you’ll ideally have:

  • A computer with a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) such as Cubase, Logic Pro, Ableton or FL Studio. I’ll be using Cubase, but feel free to use any DAW you like. 
  • An orchestral sample library. I’ll be using our all-in-one orchestra Nucleus.
  • A MIDI piano would be helpful, but is not essential.

We’ve divided this course up into six modules:

  1. Music Theory 101
  2. Melody, Harmony & Orchestration
  3. MIDI Programming Fundamentals
  4. Scoring to Picture
  5. Mixing & Mastering Fundamentals
  6. Life of a Modern Composer

If you’re just starting out, our modules on Melody, Harmony & Orchestration and MIDI Programming Fundamentals are going to equip you with the fundamental knowledge you need to begin composing.

In Scoring to Picture, we’re going to take our music theory and MIDI knowledge and push it to the next level, composing for an animated short film. Here we’ll walk you through the whole process of composition, teaching you how to tell a story with music. By the end of this module, you’ll be ready to get to work yourself and compose music ready of the silver screen!

In Mixing & Mastering Fundamentals we’ll shine a light on the world of mixing and mastering. We’ll explain what mixing and mastering is, the tools we use to mix and master and how to approach mixing and mastering. 

Finally, in Life of a Modern Composer we’ll discuss how to begin your career as a composer. How to network and form relationships with likeminded creatives, how to find projects to work on and how to put together a showreel and promote yourself. We’ll also be taking a look at the reality of being a film composer – what is it actually like to get up everyday and make music for film? And how do we stay happy, healthy and inspired throughout an exciting, rewarding but often demanding career in music

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