A Beginner's Guide to Music Production


  1. 1. Getting Started

    Are you ready to learn how to produce electronic music? This section starts things off right by describing how this guide is organized, why things have been arranged this way, and how you can get the most out of Beat School.

  2. 2. Selecting Your Software

    If you want to make electronic music with your computer, the first thing you need is the right software. This section introduces you to the best digital audio workstations and helps you decide which one is right for you.

  3. 3. Learning the Basics of Your DAW

    Knowing how to use the software that you have selected is essential to learning music production. This section provides a number of great resources for the most popular digital audio workstations to help you get familiar with how they work.

  4. 4. Building Your Sound Library

    A large and powerful sound library, along with the right VST's, is a great asset to the electronic musician. This section will help you determine your needs and guide you towards building your own library that fits your budget.

  5. 5. Learning Music Theory & Composition

    Even the most basic understanding of music theory and composition can help beginners create songs that are musically sound. This section provides some great resources and tutorials to help you gain this knowledge and put it into practice.

  6. 6. Investing in Some Hardware

    Using the right hardware can allow you to freestyle rhythms and melodies while hearing your sound clearly. This section will help you get the right gear for your workflow, even if you are restricted to a small budget.

  7. 7. Gaining a Basic Understanding of Mixing

    Good mixing is what gives a song that nice, clean sound and allows all of the instruments to be heard clearly. This section will get you started by teaching you the fundamental concepts and helping you make your songs sound how you want them to.

  8. 8. Learning and Practicing Sound Design

    Sound design is a very important part of production in many genres of electronic music. This section will direct you towards learning sound design so that you can start to make your own high-quality sounds.

  9. 9. Learning Basic Mastering Principles

    Mastering a track can give it that loudness and balance you hear from the professionals; it's also important in making all of the songs in an album fit nicely together. In this section, you will be introduced to mastering from the perspective of a producer.