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• Program Details
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• How It Works Online
• Equipment Requirements
• Instructor
• Office Hours
• COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
• Classes for Experienced Engineers
• Learning Objectives

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Sound Healing Audio Production Certificate at the Institute

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Summer Intensive - 4 weeks - July 3rd to August 2nd
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Online Sound Healing Audio Production Certificate
Next start time is May 2nd
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Audio Production Classes
ONLINE

Classes start every other week

Producing, Recording and Mixing
with an
Understanding of How Sound Affects us
Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually

Learn How to Make Your Music Affect People
At a Deeper Level

(Regardless of the Style of Music you are Working on)

Designed for beginners or for those that know the basics.

Learn Recording, Mixing, Producing and ProTools from a Sound Healing Perspective
The program covers the use of ProTools (or other computer music Software).


• 11 Week Program - $1485
Designed to get you to the point where you can record, mix and produce.
You can do the class one day per week for 11 weeks
or you can do two classes per week over 6 weeks.
About 6 hours of lab homework required per class!

• Full Certificate Program - 22 Weeks - $3000
Designed to make you a master at using the software proficiently.



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Ideal Situation
We use a program like Skype. This is the ideal situation. You can see our computer screen with ProTools in real time, and we have it setup so you can hear the mix in from ProTools in your headset in real time. You will have ProTools pulled up on your screen so you can immediately practice what you are seeing. Occasionally, we can also view your screen to critique what you are doing and give feedback. You will have plenty of time to ask questions directly.  You will also be given homework assignments of at least 6 hours per week. 

You will receive a 100 page reader and David’s book, “The Art of Mixing.”   You will also receive multitrack files of various songs to load on your computer and mix.

There will be a final exam.   However, you may take the course without getting credit if you would like to skip the exam.

Equipment Requirements
Protools is preferred. The information on how to use the equipment is valid for type Digital Audio Workstation. Therefore, you can also do the class with other software such Logic, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Cakewalk, or Cubase -- as long as you know the basics of how to run the software. With ProTools it is not necessary to know the basics. We can also help you figure out which ProTools system to buy (and can help you get an Educational discount).

USB Headset with mic built-in. The least expensive is just fine.

Optional (but highly recommended):
Spectrasonics Omnisphere Software Sound Module - Really cool sounds that are ideal for healing and raising consciousness.
Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Drum Module - Simple drum module that makes it easy to develop a wide range of beats (including a full range of Dance beats).

Instructor
Live instruction with David Gibson (CLICK HERE for more information about David).

Office Hours, etc.
David will also be available by email randomly.  Often he will get back to you almost immediately.  Maximum time would normally only be 12 hours (except on weekends).

You will also be able to email other students with questions.

 


Course #
Hours
Tuition
Course Outline


$1485

Art and Technology of Digital Audio Production
11 Classes


1. Physics of Sound - The Harmonic Structure of Sound
In this class you learn the basic structure of a sound or timbre. Just about all sounds are made up of harmonics. Depending on the harmonic structure of a sound, sounds will affect you differently. This is critical for understanding when to use various sounds for different issues and intentions.

This class gives you an expansive perspective on how the harmonic structure connects to nature mathematically. Knowing this allows you to create music that is more in alignment with nature. We then discuss another mathematical pattern, the Golden Mean – and how you incorporate this basic structure of love and life into your production.

2. The ProTools Interface
You will learn the basics of the ProTools interface: zooming, resizing tracks, grouping tracks, cutting out or adding sections to songs, crossfades, and all the other basic tools for recording, editing and mixing.

3. The Mixing Process, Bussing and Automation
You will learn a step by step procedure for building a mix -- one where you won't get lost in the mix. You will also learn how to using bussing in order to send more than one sound to an effect to save processing power. And, you will learn how to automate volumes, panning and effects so they change in the mix automatically while the song is playing. Finally, we cover how to master the song while mixing in order to make it as loud as possible on the CD.

4. Frequencies. Using Equalizers
We know all the frequencies by heart (we are frequency beings), but it is important to get to know them by name. We cover all the archetypal healing frequencies from 1 hertz to the dolphin range of 500,000 hertz. We then explain all the knobs on an Equalizer, and cover a detailed but extremely simple technique for using one.

5. Effects - Delays, Flanging, Phase Shifters, Choruses, Reverb - And how they Affect Us.
We explain all the parameters of each effect and how they are commonly used in different styles of music. We then look at how they effect our heart rate, brainwave states, and consciousness.

6. Compressor/Limiters and Noise Gates
We cover all of the settings in Compressor/Limiters and exactly how to use them on individual instruments and when mastering a whole song or CD. We also discuss compression settings for sound healing projects to create a deeper state of peace. We also explain how to use noise gates to isolate sounds, get rid of noise and bleed from other instruments and clean up the mix in general.

7. Introduction to MIDI
First, we explore the difference between Audio and MIDI recording, including sampling rates and bit depth in order to get the best quality recording possible. We cover how to hook up MIDI instruments (keyboards mostly) and record them using MIDI, allowing you to transpose and quantize the timing really easily. We show you how to record a song with a keyboard from scratch, and then have you create your own song using the Sound Modules in ProTools. We also explain how to edit and mix MIDI instruments.

8. More MIDI, Binaural Beats, and Creating a Sound Hologram
We continue with some more details and tricks on how to create complex arrangements with MIDI. We then explain the different brainwave states: Delta, Theta, Alpha, etc., and how to create binaural beats to entrain the brain into these states. We then have you create a song with binaural beats that is tuned to your own key -- your root/soul frequency, or the key of the song. We show you how to create a song where the pitch of the song matches the tempo, the brainwaves, the heart, and the breath – so that every part of the song is talking to every other part -- making the sound incredibly powerful.

9. Producing
We explain all the things that a producer does for different styles of music. We then explain a step by step process for producing a project -- critiquing and refining each of the 13 aspects of a song. We show you how to map out a song in detail in order to work with the overall song structure and arrangement.

10. Advanced Mixing - Structures of Mixes
We explain David's system for visualizing sounds between the speakers and then use the system to explain all the different structures of mixes possible. We cover each of the dynamics (feelings and emotions) that can be created with the four tools you have in a mix: Volume, Panning, EQ, and Effects.
You will then be able to conceptualize the type of mix you want to create before you even start mixing.

11. Mastering a Complete CD; Test Questions Review
We cover how to master a full CD with compression, a mastering limiter, setting time between songs, and balancing volumes and equalization from song to song. We then review all of the information covered in the class and the test questions. If you are only doing the first half, we then email you the final exam and you take it and email it back.





 



$1485

Art and Technology of Digital Audio Production - 2nd Half
11 Classes


Schedule will fluctuate a bit based on student interests.
We often spend more time on things you are most interested in.

12. Advanced Mixing - Structures of Mixes 2
We show a wide range of visuals of songs in real time and discuss what the engineer did. We cover the concept of "Focus of Attention" in a mix, whereby you create a focus on magic in the mix. We cover the concept of perceiving the mix from "inside the music" -- a technique that allows you to perceive the mix from a higher perspective.

13. New Test Questions Review
We review many new test questions that bring up many finer details not yet covered.

14. Physics of Sound continued
In this class we look at what Decibels mean and how we perceive differences in volumes -- important for setting relative volumes in a mix. We also discuss Envelopes or "Change in Volume over Time" and how they effect us emotionally. Finally, we discuss phase cancellation and how to deal with it when miking an instrument with more than one microphone. We also cover the esoteric meaning of phase cancellation.

15. Microphones. Tuning Systems and Concert Pitch
We cover all the different types of Microphones - Dynamic, Condenser, Ribbon, and PZM, and discuss when to use one mic vs. another for different instruments and situations. We also explain what Direct Boxes do, all the settings on them, and various ways to use them.
We then look at some Ancient Tuning Systems.

16. Advanced MIDI. Signal Routing on Mixers and in ProTools.
We cover some more advanced MIDI production techniques using some of David's songs as examples.
We explain audio signal flow in various systems (simple to complex) so you know how to plug everything in in your recording studio, and track down problems most efficiently if you lose a signal.

17. Producing Your Own Project
We also cover all of the dynamics that can be created with sounds, binaural beats, and music. We have you create your own song that uses the full range of dynamics. You then map out the song structure in Excel, and we examine it in detail to help you refine and expand it into a major production.

18. Producing Your Own Project
We continue working on your own project and critique some great productions and hit songs.

19. Mapping Audio Mixes Visually
We have you map out the a mix visually. This is an incredible exercise that helps you to focus on fine details of volume, panning, frequency range and effects and their relationships in mixes.

20. Side Chains, Preverb, Autotune, Noise Reduction
Side chains allow you to add low bass sounds to a kick drum, or white noise to a snare, or trippy sounds to vocals. We cover how to create backwards reverb effects. Autotune allows you to tune individual notes within an instrument. Finally, we look at some noise reduction effects that can take a buzz out of a a sound while it is playing.

21. The PsychoAcoustic World of EQ and Effects
We cover some more advanced Equalization techniques and considerations. We also review the parameters of the effects and cover more detail. We also demonstrate some really cool techniques for multi-layering effects. We also look at some more advanced plugins and how to use them.

22. Final Project, Protools Shortcuts, Maintenance and Review
We critique your major production.
Shortcuts save you so much time. We cover the most important ones.
We talk about how to track down ground buzzes that can make you crazy.
We do another small review of the test questions we haven't covered and email you the final exam.

$3000


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Audio Production Program
ONLINE
For Students who are already Proficient in Recording/Mixing

This program is similar to the program above except students are given special attention in classes and labs. Students may also elect to skip individual classes if they feel they are already proficient. The classes already skip certain core classes.

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Learning Objectives
for all Online Classes


This class explores the function and operation of studio equipment with a perspective on how each piece of equipment contributes to creating mixes that affect us deeply. The basic characteristics of sound are explored first, in order to give you a basis for understanding what each piece of equipment is doing to a sound.

• Creating a musical hologram where every part of the recording and mix are talking to each other (breath, heart rate, brainwaves, pitch, tempo, and mix)
• Structures of Mixes (using the Virtual Mixer visual concept) based on Sacred Geometry and how mixes create emotional dynamics
• Using automation in time with Heart rates, Brainwaves and breath.
• The Effects of Intention in the Recording and Mixing Process
• Creating Music using Breath as the root tempo
• Adding binaural beat frequencies to entrain the brain into various brainwave states.
to your song or piece of music that is in tune with the key of the song
• Quality Recording: Mics, Mic Preamps, Analog vs. Digital, Sampling Rate, Bit Depth,
• 3D Sound Processors and Surround Sound Mixing
• Miking of instruments including Crystal Bowls, Tuning Forks, and Voice
•Final recording Project using all of the above techniques to create a healing sound project for someone


Basics
• Physics of Sound - Amplitude, Frequency and Time. Harmonic Structure of sound in relation to the Structure of the Universe, Volume Measurement and Perception, and Phase Cancellation problems
• Equalization - Understanding frequency based on Chakra frequencies. Types of EQ. Specific techniques for using and understand how to use EQ.
• Effects and Processing - Compressor/Limiters, Noise Gate, Delays, Flanging, Chorus, Phasing, and Reverb. How effects affect us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
• Microphones - Various types and when to use on or the other

ProTools
Digidesign's Multitrack hard disk recording and editing system.
• Multitrack Recording, Editing, and Mixing
• Arranging music
• Finding the tempo of a song
• Stretching beats and drum loops to fit tempo
• Effects bussing and Auxiliary Sends
• Automation & Mastering

MIDI
• MIDI recording, editing and mixing in ProTools. Spectrasonics programs Stylus RMX, Atmosphere, and Trilogy are the top software sound modules for both Mac and PC.
• Sequencing - MIDI Recording/Editing
• Making beats and Arranging music with MIDI
• MIDI Signal Routing
• External and Software Sound Modules

Producing
• Various types of Producers - Executive, Music, Engineering
• What it takes to be a great Producer
• Critiquing a project in Pre-Production
• Inspiring Great Performances

Structures of Mixes
An overview of common values held for what makes a great mix. Mixing Theory instruction using the Virtual Mixer Concept. Dynamics that can be created with each piece of equipment to create different structures of mixes for different styles of music and songs.
• Structures of Mixes using Virtual Mixer™ Concept
• The Mixing Process
• Multi-Level Effects
• All Dynamics that can be created with Vol, Panning, EQ, and Effects
• Automated Mixing
• Mastering and CD Pressing
• Different Values for what makes a “Great Mix.”

Effects of Sound Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually
• Creating a musical hologram where every part of the recording and mix are talking to each other (breath, heart rate, brainwaves, pitch, tempo, and mix)
• Structures of Mixes (using the Virtual Mixer visual concept) based on Sacred Geometry and how mixes create emotional dynamics
• Using automation in time with Heart rates, Brainwaves and breath.
• Creating Music using Breath as the root tempo
• Adding binaural beat frequencies to entrain the brain into various brainwave states.
to your song or piece of music that is in tune with the key of the song
• How effects affect us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually

 

Other Topics Covered

1. The hierarchy of sound and music:

a. Frequencies – There are archetypal frequencies that have been used since the beginning of time to affect us.

b. Timbres – Different harmonic structures affect us in very specific ways.

c. Musical Intervals and Chords – The relationship between two frequencies or more can be used to create specific states of consciousness.

d. Music (Changing musical intervals and frequencies) – When musical intervals and frequencies change (or stay the same) over time we then add rhythm as another component affecting our entire system. Specific rhythms will entrain the heart, brain, and nervous system.


2. Use of Intention. It has now been proven scientifically in multiple controlled studies that Intention is effective. It has also been shown that Intention gets embedded in the music and is then transmitted through to the listener during playback. Holding intention consistently through the entire recording process -- during composition, performance, recording and mixing – can dramatically add to the intensity of a project.

3. Full frequency range of sounds. As shown by the research of Alfred Tomatis, every frequency is a nutrient. Therefore, using the full frequency range of sounds affects your entire system at every level.

4. Harmonic structures that support the intention of each song. Odd harmonics activate; Even harmonics calm. Even pure sounds (versus rich and complex timbres) have a completely different effect on us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

5. Tempos set to the breath. When you set the basic tempo to a really slow breath the music taps into a person’s bio rhythms at a much deeper level. When the chords follow the in and out breath they entrain your breath into a deeper state of relaxation. It also makes it so the listener can consciously breathe along with most of the songs.

6. Use of binaural beats to entrain the brain into a variety of brainwave states. It is now possible to embed frequencies in the music that will subconsciously entrain the listener’s brain into a particular brainwave state (gamma, beta, alpha, theta, delta). When two notes are detuned the difference between the two notes creates a 3rd frequency which is below our normal hearing level. This 3rd frequency entrains your brain into delta (deep sleep or meditation), theta (creative day dreaming), or alpha (relaxed awareness). When you listen on headphones you get the extra added benefit of left and right brain synchronization through the Corpus Callosum, which connects the left and right brain.

7. Peaceful Endings. One of the most important aspects of Sound Healing is when the sound or music ends -- leaving you in a place of perfect peace. There are specific techniques you can use to maximize this effect.

8. We will discuss many other Sound Healing music production techniques based on Timbre, Musical Intervals, Modes, and Energy Flow.

9. Ancient tuning systems such as Just Intonation and Pythagorean tuning systems tap into a mathematical structure that resonates throughout nature (including our solar system).

10. Simply tuning Concert Pitch to a frequency that is more in tune with nature can have a dramatic effect (particularly for sensitive types).

11. High Frequencies activate the mind; Low Frequencies calm the body.

12. Consistent patterns let the mind then focus on other deeper aspects of the sound and consciousness because your brain no longer needs to track changes. Changing patterns activate the brain – particularly for learning and productivity (Mozart Effect).

13. The iso-priniciple can be used to match a person’s mood in order latch on to their current state of mind, so you can then slowly change it.

14. Left and right placement of sounds in a mix access different parts of our brain, and different structures of mixes can actually approximate Sacred Geometry Structures.

15. Various effect parameters (compressor/limiters, delays, flanging, chorusing, phasing and reverb) affect our emotions and brainwaves.

 

 


 

 

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